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Old 10-23-2015, 11:59 AM   #2561
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Is it a wooden hull?
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I'm betting FRP. Ed Sr. had become quite attached to fiberglass... a tradition his son Ed Jr. carried on. I think Monk Jr's. still with us designing boats??
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if you look at the engine room pics in the above link it appears to show substantial ribs, and a fantastic E.R. built in 71

She's cedar on oak and I'm told she was commissioned by Monk's neighbor on Bainbridge Island, was actually drawn by Ed Jr. but overseen all the way by Ed Sr.

I didn't ask many questions...
The owner is super nice and just loved to talk so, like a 12 pound Coho, I just let him run. When he was done I left with a very happy grin.

If the gods don't favour me and I fail to get my dream boat, I will never tire of talking to owners like this.

When Topaz was acquired in 2010 the original cat was pretty tired. In order to just take the heads off the salon sole needed to get butchered so they decided to go new instead of rebuild. The Cat was replaced with Cummins, the Onan with Northern Lights, thrusters with new hydraulics. The engine room wiring and bonding was redone as well. The main wiring was left alone and consists of 12-24-32 and 120/240 volt systems.

These pics were taken on a peaceful day in May 2011 when she was escorted to Bell Harbor WA for a "voluntary" safety inspection.

Um, Art, PM sent.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:33 PM   #2562
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While sniffing around for more info on Topaz this morning, I came across a couple more interesting boats. Talk about past and present...

The first needs no explanation.
The second, well, it floats, so we'll call it a boat and I expect Marin will have something to say about it.
I wonder if it uses snubbers...

Both are in Elliott Bay Seattle in 2011.

"...The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Sea-Based X-Band Radar vessel (SBX-1), creeping slowly across Elliott Bay and into Vigor Shipyard on Harbor Island. According to a Missile Defense Agency fact sheet, the SBX-1 acquires, tracks and discriminates the flight characteristics of ballistic missiles. The vessel is based on an oil drilling platform design and is twin-hulled, self-propelled, and stable in high winds and turbulent sea conditions. It is 240 feet wide and 390 feet long. It towers more than 280 feet from its keel to the top of the radar dome and displaces nearly 50,000 tons.

The Seattle Times reports that Boeing has a $27 million contract for the upgrade and maintenance work to be performed at Vigor Shipyard, formerly Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle."
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:13 PM   #2563
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Lots of black on #1.
Black hull, boiler, cabin top and a skipper fully dressed in black.
I see it's in the Montlake Cut in Seattle. A very old hull unless it's a replica.
One of my old bosses was into steam. Had a big open whaleboat. All white and bright.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:45 PM   #2564
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Saw this in Fishermen's Bay on Lopez this summer. I don't know what it is but I like it.
Found an old listing for Sea Raven that includes a site covering the adventures of an earlier owner.

For Sale: Skookum 53 Passagemaker, The SEA RAVEN
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:51 PM   #2565
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There are a surprising number of steam launches in the greater Puget Sound area. They used to have an annual steam weekend at the harbor in Blaine. I don't know if they still do this. My wife and I went one year. As I recall most or all of the launches, despite looking original, were not. The steam plants are available new.

In addition to the steam launches they also had an original steam-powered, horse-drawn fire engine fired up and throwing water a surprisingly great distance, some steam-powered logging equipment and machine-shop tools, and a couple of steam-powered cars (restored).
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There are a surprising number of steam launches in the greater Puget Sound area. In addition to the steam launches they also had...some steam-powered logging equipment
Pic 1-The same Seattle sail past as the other.
Pic 2 -Our homestead at Myrtle Point, near Powell River 1900.
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I believe that Radar Rig is SBX1. I had a friend who was a deck officer on there for a number of years. That radar is powerful enough to pick up (and probably deep fry) a flock of birds miles and miles away.

He sent me a few snaps of that thing in some 60 foot waves up in the Bering Sea. Made me glad to be snug on my little inland seas, where 20 footers are a once in a lifetime experience.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:57 AM   #2568
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Some pretty Dunkirk little ships....sail -ssist motor cruiser.





Sundowner, another little ship:

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In 1935, banker Ernest Richards commissioned the famous Scottish naval architects GL Watson & Co. to design a capable and seaworthy motor sailer. Design no. 561 was built by the Fraserburgh yard of J Noble & Co. and launched later that year. Named 'Sheemaun', she was about 45 ft overall, 14 ft beam and drew 5 ft, giving a displacement of 25 tons; a substantial craft, built to last, of pitch pine on oak with a mahogany wheelhouse.

Unfortunately, Mr Richards didn’t enjoy his new boat for very long as 'Sheemaun' was placed under the command of Lt Cmdr Calvert-Link in July 1939 and it is likely that she had a part in the dramatic evacuation of British and allied troops from the Dunkirk beaches in May 1940. She was formally drafted into the Royal Navy in August 1941, and in her new role as Thames Estuary Defence Patrol Boat, based at Cliffe Fort on the Isle of Grain, was armed with twin Hotchkiss heavy machine guns with an effective anti-aircraft ceiling of almost 8000 ft. It is not known if 'Sheemaun' saw any serious action during her formal navy service, but luckily escaped the fate of her fellow patrol boat 'Aisha' which was mined in the Thames estuary in October 1940.

Eventually the war came to an end and 'Sheemaun' was decommissioned in November 1945, but spent two years with the Department of Naval Transport before returning to her peacetime role as a comfortable gentleman’s cruiser. She had several illustrious owners, mainly naval officers, before serving as a training ship from 1982 to 1987 at the Pangbourne Nautical College, taking many scores cadets on substantial off-shore voyages including UK South coast, French North and West coasts, Seine to Paris and Channel Islands.

Then in 1987 she was fortunate to be discovered and purchased by her present owner, Dr Rodney Pell, who with a great deal of support from Mrs Maura Pell, has been extensively restored, researched and is fully seaworthy. With her twin diesels she has a range of some 800 miles but given a fair wind is quite capable of sailing and 'Sheemaun' has probably seen in excess of 75,000 miles pass under her keel.

In 2003, another distinction was added to her pedigree when she was identified by Admiral of The Fleet Sir Julian Oswald GCB as ‘. . . meriting inclusion in the National Register of Historic Vessels.’ The ultimate accolade was awarded in 2012 when 'Sheemaun' was invited to take part in the ‘Avenue of Sail’ at the Queen’s Jubilee Thames Pageant on 3 June and when, as their Flagship, she represented the Little Ship Club
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:22 AM   #2570
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Romola, steam powered motor sailer: life from another era...







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Old 10-24-2015, 09:25 AM   #2571
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Yo, Peter - Beautiful boats! Thanks for pictures and background. - Art
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interesting boats

here is some local Australian Boats from Pittwater just north of Sydney. The old sail boats are Couta Boats I think about 24 foot long, they were racing for most of the day yesterday, and the motor Yachts are all Halvorsens. I had previously had these on another thread, and was told best to have them here, so here they are. Really starting to get some summer weather here now, feels great.

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Memory (confirmed by search) says the "Couta" sailing boats in the post above were originally commercial fishing boats used in the southern state of Victoria in the early 1900s to fish for barracuda, erroneously referred to as "couta", thus the name. They were fast gaff rigged sailboats designed to chase schools of fish. Perhaps, like the famous timber Sydney "18 ft" racing skiff, new ones are still built.
The Halvorsens shown are handsome classic boats, meticulously kept. Is there a story to photos of a Halvorsen group in company?
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Hi Bruce,

I had a 50 foot Bridge deck Crusier the same as Silver Cloud the large vessel in the photo. Our vessel was named Suellen and launched in 1956 , it was designed by Clive Caporn and built by Swanson Bros. We keep her in great condition and use to have her at all the wooden boat festivals. These photo's I took on our return from the 2012 wooden boat festival at the Australian Maritime Museum. We spent the last night together and decided to travel back together the next morning and hence why we were all travelling together. I had the Nikon handy and captured these snaps. The couta boats I just took with the I phone yesterday from the flybridge.
Some of these boats will most likely be at the show on Pittwater this weekend.

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Halvorsen boats have always been one of my favorites. Great pictures - Thanks! - Art
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Someone posted some photos of that lovely classic counter stern trawler a while ago.

And i was thinking, like one does, if only it would be possible to build a modern replica on a semi- d hull.

I came across these boats which are built in the Med with fantail stern, upright stem , semi-d, cheap to purchase second hand ; about $100k for mid 2000's with twin 250hp.

Menorquin 110 boats for sale - YachtWorld
........hmmmm, what do you think?

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I've always liked the swoopy lines of the Menorquin. Their monstrous stern platforms negate any benefits of a fantail/canoe stern mind you.
Definitly a semi displacement in displacement clothing.
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I've always liked the swoopy lines of the Menorquin. Their monstrous stern platforms negate any benefits of a fantail/canoe stern mind you.
Definitly a semi displacement in displacement clothing.
Not a very elegant solution...


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Not a very elegant solution...


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The underwater lines actually look better in your photo than I've seen in some others. Huge disconnect between the above water lines and below water lines. It would be interesting to know how they perform in the rough stuff.

Re the large stern platform, I think it was Bill Parlatore who commented that the Menorguins bring their own dock.
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The underwater lines actually look better in your photo than I've seen in some others. Huge disconnect between the above water lines and below water lines. It would be interesting to know how they perform in the rough stuff.

Re the large stern platform, I think it was Bill Parlatore who commented that the Menorguins bring their own dock.
Lol: that's funny.

There's room on there for a rib, outboard , drinks, kitchen sink......
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