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Old 01-23-2015, 10:09 AM   #1501
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:56 PM   #1502
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:22 PM   #1503
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This is not so much an interesting boat as an interesting attempt at a boat. It's Huckin's entry into the compeition for the Navy contracts for PT boats in 1940. Huckins was and I guess still is, a premier designer and manufacturer of power cruisers and yachts. Their work, so far as I've been given to understand, is top notch.

This same quality and attention to detail went into the PT boat they designed and built, but the design was not very supportive of the mission. For one thing, the boat could carry only two torpedoes instead of four. Also, during the competition, while the Huckins exhibited the best ride, it broke numerous hull stringers in the bilge.

In the end, the Navy ordered just one squadron of Huckins boats and they were immediately relegated to training and harbor patrol duties. In one testimonial I read, a trainee at the PT school at Melville, Rhode Island, complained bitterly about how lousy the Huckins boats were to operate and train on.

This was one time when Huckin's experience and reputation didn't help the company out.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:56 PM   #1504
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:18 PM   #1505
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Haven't posted anything about it although I'm aware of it. I'm not a particular fan of the Higgins PT boats. I much prefer the Elco which was a better boat in a lot of ways. The story I am writing takes place on an Elco and all the vets I've interviewed were on Elcos. My wife and I have ridden on a restored Higgins, the one near Portland which is powered by its original type engines, the Packard 4M-2500. This was the main reason for going--- I wanted to hear, feel, and smell those engines in operation and learn something about running them. The Elco and Higgins PTs used the same type and number of engines although the engine arrangements in the hull were different.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:27 PM   #1506
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Not for me but interesting. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=816750781689442
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:14 AM   #1507
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Old 01-28-2015, 01:45 AM   #1508
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TACONITE, mentioned elsewhere in this thread, is now for sale, USD $2,495,000 asking. For that price you get not one but two Atlas Imperial diesels!



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Old 01-28-2015, 05:18 PM   #1509
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Ron those guys must be very strong. Getting that hull up and out of the water should take some force.

Wonder how they achieve such good balance. I've ridden a recumbent bicycle and in that case it's just there.

QB what's "imperial" about the Atlas engines?
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:52 PM   #1510
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QB what's "imperial" about the Atlas engines?
http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas-Imperial

Was the combining of two engine builders. Wonder if the Taconite engines were assembled in New Westminster?
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:48 AM   #1511
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British take on the Down East design.
Available as a kit or part built.

Pretty boat.

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Old 01-30-2015, 10:30 AM   #1512
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Rusty - I watched video. Looks like an OK boat. Seems a bit too open while still being somewhat cramped in sleeping/head area. Does the Brittish commenter's mention of "sharp drive" off engines mean "straight drive"?
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Rusty - I watched video. Looks like an OK boat. Seems a bit too open while still being somewhat cramped in sleeping/head area. Does the Brittish commenter's mention of "sharp drive" off engines mean "straight drive"?

It's says it's an outdrive in the blurb, the commentator says it's a sharp drive....

...in fact it's standard shaft drive/p bracket/ rudder/ inboard!
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Ron those guys must be very strong. Getting that hull up and out of the water should take some force.

Wonder how they achieve such good balance. I've ridden a recumbent bicycle and in that case it's just there.

QB what's "imperial" about the Atlas engines?

I think being muscular, young, limber and durable have a lot to do with it. Give them guys another 40 years and they'll be wondering how they ever did it.
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Perhaps the best value for the money - a $15 million boat for only $180,000



You can buy Lockheed Martin's experimental cruiser for just $180,000
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:01 PM   #1516
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You can buy Lockheed Martin's experimental cruiser for just $180,000
Would make interesting SF Bay Charter boat! Larry Flint's gals could make nake-movies with uniformed men in the bunks. Sea Slice having top speed of 30 knots, with 11,112 gallons of gas... efficient nmpg must mean round trip to Farallon Islands... no prob!
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Greetings,
OK. So I may have missed it but what would the range be?
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:25 PM   #1518
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Wow, Sea Slice would be a bargain at $180,000 except it's beam is 55' which means no way to get it docked for any length of time... Imagine the cost to dry-dock it, since there is no other way to get it out of the water for service.

Also, draft is 11-14' so I guess that cuts out going to the Bahamas.
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Looks a little big to single hand and too big for our boathouse. But I would love to take it out for a spin!
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:20 PM   #1520
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11000 gallons for fuel is ok, but only 400 water?! Of course one could swap out the two MTU's for a couple of outboards and get a futuristic live-aboard for pennies!
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