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Old 05-09-2013, 10:30 PM   #41
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Many of the PNW trawler looking boats have a high sweeping bow to protect the house. The ugly drum windless would block the view more then the high bow? Seeing close is mostly need for docking as most boats are visible with in a reasonable range, and you can step out the pilot house doors.
I would agree with Phil on this. I don't see the high bow on that Duck as being a visibility issue at all. Particularly with what I assume is a steel, single-engine boat where debris in the water is not as much a concern as it for a glass twin or single engine boat. So the need to see things right in front of the bow is probably no biggie.

And for docking, again I agree with Phil. We drive our boat exclusively from the lower helm station in part because we have found it FAR easier to accurately judge the boat's position approaching and entering a slip or coming up to a dock from down below than from up above. And we are mostly looking out the starboard side door or port side window as we do this. Not so much straight ahead other than to judge our fore and aft position for which we don't need to see down as much as straight ahead. And even that we generally judge by looking fore and aft out the side door rather than straight ahead thorugh the windshield.
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I passed this unusual craft docked near Orange Beach, AL, on the Gulf ICW. I believe it is a wooden hulled, custom built boat? Anyone know anything about it?
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:41 PM   #43
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I passed this unusual craft docked near Orange Beach, AL, on the Gulf ICW. I believe it is a wooden hulled, custom built boat? Anyone know anything about it?
Sure looks like the same boat Steve posted. It even has the green stack/helm.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #44
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Yes, I must have missed Steve's post. This was outside of Lulu's, now that I think back about it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:08 PM   #45
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Every time I've been to Prince Rupert these last 20 years I've seen this red and green wood boat. And not far south of Rupert we passes by this interesting boat that had just been passed by a barge. I like it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:26 AM   #46
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I passed this unusual craft docked near Orange Beach, AL, on the Gulf ICW. I believe it is a wooden hulled, custom built boat? Anyone know anything about it?
See post #31
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:33 PM   #49
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The pictures of the paddlewheel grass clipping boats reminded me of this one. When my Dad, white shirt and dark pants in the picture, retired he started a small fabrication company where he designed and built several like the one pictured below. It was used for clearing fallen trees and doing other work on the waterways. It has several attachments for the hydraulic boom; an excavator bucket and clamshell, a small cutterhead dredge, hydraulic wood saw to trim branches or cut trees, it had a JD diesel driving the hydraulic system which powered the paddle wheels, other functions and attachments. Steering was by stopping or reversing on or the other paddlewheel. The operator sat in a nice air conditioned cab built by John Deere for their grain combines. The boat fit on a custom built trailer for transport and launching. Shown on Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana about 1995.
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Now those would both make a very nice retirement vessel. Class!
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:18 PM   #51
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Indeed. Here's a pair of classy old boats that were at the LaConnner Classic Car and boat show.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:25 PM   #52
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:21 PM   #53
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Many have seen my dad's boat and here it is converted to a fish boat (troller) and sold for $70K one year ago. It is a lobster boat build in Maine out of Airex Foam and FG. A strong heavy boat powered by a 671. Dad was on the phone telling the builder to make this or that more Skookum and the end product was on the heavy side. She was 36' and delivered in Seattle about 1990.

The 2nd boat I found at Comox in BC. I offer her as "interesting" because of her FB. The sides of the FB slant inwards a lot and not only looks great but limits the space up there and that should keep the weight aloft to safe levels.
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That is a very interesting element, but why? It's the same amount of glass, same weight, etc. Do you think it really is to move the weight toward the center? Marin, I think you have found the "wannabe" flybridge.
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I think it's much better looking and reduces the # of people that can be up there at one time. Actually it may take a bit more FG to build but I'd do it just for looks. One more person up there is going to weigh much more than the extra FG it would take to do this but the main thing (I think) is just better looks. Most all FG boats look like the've got too much mass aloft.

Let's look at some proper looking fish boats that do not have bridges flying.
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Since we are doing fishing boats , how about this conversion seen in the Detroit River or maybe the log cabin one in the same marina
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That is a very interesting element, but why? It's the same amount of glass, same weight, etc. Do you think it really is to move the weight toward the center? Marin, I think you have found the "wannabe" flybridge.
I don't think it's a wannabe flying bridge, I think it's just a really stupid one. I really have to wonder what people are thinking when they design stuff like this. It has no aesthetics and no function. All it does is allow the wind to blow the crap out of the people on the flying bridge and limit its usefulness to the point where you wonder why bother have a flying bridge at all.

I'm no fan of flying bridges; we don't use ours other than a place to sit and enjoy the view once we get to where we're going. But at least it offers plenty of space to BBQ stuff on the grill, set up a table for us and guests if we have any on board, and the high vertical sides and venturi panels offer pretty good protection from the wind.

The homemade slanty one in the photo manages to defeat every advantage of a flying bridge and look ugly at the same time. Impressive accomplishment.
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Speaking of conversions, I have always thought this one was pretty inventive-it even has a flying bridge:
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Or how about this one? It is an Amphibex often used here to break up the ice
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