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Old 09-02-2015, 09:51 PM   #2261
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This Romsdahl type trawler pulled in behind Blue Sky this morning. Will try to get a better photo once the rain stops.

Had a quick chat with the owner, and we immediately got into a discussion about anchors....

Now called "Solar Flare" former name "Viking Fijord"
She fell into very hard times but is now being nursed back to health.

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Old 09-02-2015, 10:03 PM   #2262
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:27 PM   #2263
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:29 PM   #2264
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Now called "Solar Flare" former name "Viking Fijord"
She fell into very hard times but is now being nursed back to health.

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Good to hear - she looks like she has good bones.

Thanks Ted.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:48 AM   #2265
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Are we still talking about Interesting boats or something else with good bones.

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Old 09-03-2015, 12:49 AM   #2266
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:24 PM   #2267
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Heck No!!! That great looking ship you shared! We like our girls a little less maintenance here in the South!!


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Old 09-03-2015, 02:54 PM   #2268
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:47 PM   #2269
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This came up in a meeting yesterday. It''s the ideal Christmas gift for the boat owner who has everything. The AquaJet was uilt by Boeing in the 1960s for research into high-speed hydrofoils this boat, designed after the "pickle-fork" hydroplanes of the era, was powered by a jet engine. The boat was in use for some time, and was later re-powered with an even bigger jet engine, the one in the photo.

The test structure between the sponsons was used to measure water pressures. This data was then used in the design of foils.

The boat was used only on Lake Washington and only under calm conditions. In it's final form it was capable of 150 mph.

It would make a great dinghy for those quick runs to town.
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:11 AM   #2270
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Any dockside facilities there sell jet fuel?
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:36 AM   #2271
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Any dockside facilities there sell jet fuel?
Yes, actually, because there are a lot of turbine floatplane operations in Seattle and BC.
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Old 09-04-2015, 01:40 AM   #2272
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The boat was used only on Lake Washington and only under calm conditions.
Marin, you just reconnected a couple of loose wires in my temporal lobe that allowed me to go back to about 1960. I remember seeing that thing on TV, likely KVOS out of Bellingham at the time.

It inspired two of us kids to order up some plans and build one in the back yard. Like the one in the pic. Put a 10 horse Merc. on it and thought we were real speed demons.

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Old 09-04-2015, 09:58 AM   #2273
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Marin, was that boat turbine thrust powered or did it have a gearbox/prop? It is amazing how the size of turbines have downsized over the years. I presume that one had an centrifugal 1st stage compressor?
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:23 AM   #2274
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Looks like it was a "V" drive arrangement w shaft under the engine.
Must be 90% shaft drive 10% exhaust.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:17 AM   #2275
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An interesting turbine for sure...looks like the majority of the combustion gases 'bypass' the hot turbine thus only a small percentage used to power the compressor section and the rest used for direct thrust?? Just a WAG from the pictures. I am familiar with the design on high bypass engines...but not bypassing the hot turbine section as shown. I will have to research that engine...pretty interesting to me.
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:32 PM   #2276
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I believe all the tubes coming out the back is a noise reduction system. This kind of thing was being used on some of the jet transports during this timeframe. Given that the boat was used on Lake Washington, a residential lake, it would not surprise me if the boat was equipped with something in an attempt to reduce the noise.
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:55 PM   #2277
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Thanks, Marin. After a closer look that would make sense as there are no thrust cones on the back ends of those tubes.
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:33 PM   #2278
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Saw this in the shipyard at La Conner - long way from home!
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:06 PM   #2279
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These kids have little means... great hope... good energy...and, intuitiveness galore. Saw them this weekend while we were getting ice with our runabout!

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:20 PM   #2280
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I like this boat. Studly profile. Could tow a barge from the swim platform. 😄

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