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Old 11-24-2018, 01:25 PM   #1
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Members who have an old lifeboat turned into a trawler

I would like to know if there are members who have an old lifeboat that has been turned into a trawler.

Mine is 25 ft long and 7 ft 2 in wide in the middle and is dated 1945. The boat "Ridelo " on which she was, ended its days in 1971. It happened in Sorel, Quebec, Canada at Marine Industries LTD, an ex-boat manufacturer of the Canadian Navy along the St. Lawrence River. I have been looking for 12 years an original mechanical gas pump that still works and that has the specs for a 1969 Volvo Penta AQ130C... Finally, I found on marineengine.com, a retired marine mechanic (thanks Eduardo!) who repaired them and who wrote to change them by a Carter marine electric gas pump that has the specs for this engine.

Thank you for reading me and for the pleasure of reading you!

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Old 11-24-2018, 01:48 PM   #2
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There was a guy with a 30’ steel lifeboat/trawler.
Had a huge Ford Lehman 120hp engine and big prop. Probably never got over a idle. I may have a link to him.
Later ...
Edit .. I checked. No link. I thought it may be Honeybadger but his boat is wood.

There was one in Thorne Bay near Ketchikan in Alaska but it got destroyed. Good boats but probably slam a lot in the rough. Ten hp would probably drive them expectably unless they are loaded w excess weight. I’ve seen some w ballast also. And they make a super econo liveaboard. Some think.
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:30 AM   #3
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:50 AM   #4
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huge Ford Lehman 120hp engine
I think that's an oxymoron
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:18 AM   #5
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With the vast number of used production boats , that are ready to go, under 25 or 30 ft , why would anyone bother?

It will create a slow cruiser (all double enders are slow) and take a year or so from cruising.

If boat conversion is The hobby , it could be fun.
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Old 11-28-2018, 05:31 PM   #6
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I had for a couple of years a 26' Navy Whaleboat conversion which there are quite a few of around. My first boat was a 12' steel lifeboat off of a tugboat my dad bought down from Alaska in '66. I used to row that thing all over the place around Lake Union in Seattle. Loved to go out in it when the wind was blowing SE on the lake about 35. All kinds of fun!
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:39 PM   #7
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I think that's an oxymoron
Huge indeed.
I was refering to an engine for an old lifeboat hull that only needed 10 or 15hp. That’s equivalant to your boat (Jay) w an 800hp engine. Yes huge.

Everything’s revalant.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:05 PM   #8
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Greetings, Bonjour,
Mr. LVE. I've only seen 2 (that I know of for sure) lifeboats that have been converted for pleasure use.
One was from the ocean liner SS United States...





It was docked at our old home port in Camden, North Carolina. It was steel and in pretty bad shape. Don't know anything about it or it's fate.


The other was along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River possibly around La Malbaie or Baie-Saint-Paul. The only thing I remember about it is, it had what the owner called a "tractor engine" for power. Other than being in nice shape, I remember little else.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:09 PM   #9
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Back in the '70's there was a limited run of 17' and 21' Davidson Chuggers, which were built on a lifeboat hull. Built in the Vancouver BC area, some are still around, but are rare; this one happens to be for sale.

https://nanaimo.craigslist.ca/boa/d/...734939129.html
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Greetings,
Mr. C. Now THAT'S an interesting boat! If it was only closer and I was 30 years younger...
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:40 PM   #11
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When I was a commercial fisherman, I knew of 2 former riveted steel life boats. Probably built in WWII. Both sank when a riveted panel came loose. As I remember, one had no survivors.
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https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boa...1829554435.htm

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Old 11-30-2018, 12:52 PM   #13
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I don't know if you know how many hp in a Volvo Penta AQ130C, it's a gas motor 4 cylinders (not a diesel one) who have 130 hp. Quite fast for a pocket trawler...! You don't know how I'm hurry to finalise my boat next spring to be ready for summer!
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:45 PM   #14
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I forget to tell you that my boat too is a riveted steel lifeboat. First, I didn't like her after I was forced to buy it. It was full of hidden holes to be able to sell it by the ex-owner... My history have a very sad beginning but now, after 13 years of full repairing I have a very beautiful pocket trawler with a good gas motor economical Volvo Penta of 130hp. Excuse my long history but it was good for me to tell it to people who love trawlers, like me now! Capt Fred
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When I was a commercial fisherman, I knew of 2 former riveted steel life boats. Probably built in WWII. Both sank when a riveted panel came loose. As I remember, one had no survivors.
Did the warranty go south?
I was tempted to buy several in years past.
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RT Firefly: United States is currently moored in Philadelphia in part of what once was the old Philadelphia Navy Yard. She is in tough shape. There is an organization trying to preserve her but IMHO she's pretty far gone.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:10 PM   #17
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Andrea Doria's Captain's launch

Boat project #12,765. Be careful with your dreams. I found the attached ad about 20 years ago. It just struck me as something very glamorous (yes, both the boat and the lady passenger, but this post is about the boat). Over the years I kept my eye out for a similar lifeboat to "build out" like the one in the ad. Low and behold, in 2010, I found it! In the sticks of Branford, FL just off the Suwannee River. The guy had very little documentation, but was told that it was the Captain's launch from the Andrea Doria! I bought her for aluminum scrap value sight unseen.
Here are pics in my warehouse. I have sourced a 24hp. Yanmar diesel, and a mahogany tiller. Just need the time to complete or find someone who does.
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Greetings, Bonjour,
Mr. LVE. I've only seen 2 (that I know of for sure) lifeboats that have been converted for pleasure use.
One was from the ocean liner SS United States...





It was docked at our old home port in Camden, North Carolina. It was steel and in pretty bad shape. Don't know anything about it or it's fate.


The other was along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River possibly around La Malbaie or Baie-Saint-Paul. The only thing I remember about it is, it had what the owner called a "tractor engine" for power. Other than being in nice shape, I remember little else.
The lifeboats of the ss United States were made of aluminum, see below :

The aluminum from the boats no doubt brought in a great deal of cash for their scrap value but another integral part of the UNITED STATES had been lost.
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(all double enders are slow)
Any science to back that up?
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Long time lurker, but never a poster. Main reason is my boat is both UK and river based and not really a trawler. But I enjoy reading the forum and have learnt a lot.

Anyway to the point as my boat is a ship's lifeboat conversion. Hull is supposedly over 100 yrs old (I have no way of verifying this). Supposedly riveted but extensively modified at various points in her life. There is only a single place on the hull were the rivets are visible.

- The canoe stern was chopped and welded up with a square transom.
- She was significantly overplated under the waterline.
- A hardwood (teak and mahogany) wheelhouse was added with a ply deck.
- At some point she had the single engine removed and two 1960s Perkins 4.270 added instead. So she has quite a lot of horsepower for a 30ft/7 ton boat.
- A long keel was added, which to be honest looks like a railway line.
- Two mahogany bilge keels were added.
When I bought her about 7 years ago she was suffering quite a few years of neglect. But I’ve slowly updated all her internal systems and repaired a lot of rot in the deck. Engines are still rock solid though. Hull is thin, but fresh water means she has very little corrosion.

She’s a lot of work, but a lovely little boat.

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