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Old 05-31-2011, 09:04 AM   #1
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Mark, I can't wait to hear. Is she everything we all thought she would be?

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:02 AM   #2
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I don't think that he's going to surface for awhile. He's probably going over every square inch of the boat, sitting down to admire her from near and far and then doing it all over again, and again.

(perhaps "surface" is the wrong word to use. At least I hope so)
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:15 PM   #3
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Hi!

An account of the Coot's delivery is contained in a couple of posts on the Memorial Day weekend thread.

Yes, the Coot is everything I expected.* The boat handles well, is tight turning, and the engine very responsive.

We put up the steadying sails near the Richmond/San Rafael bridge.* There was a definite steadying effect which minimized the rocking caused by small beam-on waves.* Winds were about ten knots across the beam.* Boat speed increased from 7.4 knots (1600 RPM)*to 8.1 knots over the bottom, with the current providing one or so of those*knots.* So, the Sail-Assisted Trawler (SAT) seems to be a sound concept.

Unfortunately, I misplaced my camera on the day of delivery (found it this afternoon while driving home), so I don't have any photos!

We're hoping a few others in the SF Bay area*will acquire Coots so we can form a codgery.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:20 PM   #4
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What?! No pictures???? This is criminal!!!!

Glad it went well- really looking forward to more pics of her in her new home waters and you all enjoying life aboard.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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Mark.....is that true? Did you really misplace your camera on such an occasion? Or is it a sinister plot to jack up the suspense? This is important to us.....hire a photographer!
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:07 PM   #6
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RE: Caquinez Coot

It seems like he's playing us like a fiddle! Gets us all all worked up, then 'conveniently' forgets the camera! Ooooh, sure, Mark. We've all heard this one before.

Mark, I'm heading to Angel Island on Thursday, June 23 for a 4-day weekend. I have Segways reserved for an island tour on Saturday with the Admiral, my 2 daughters and their boyfriends.

How about you join us on the moorings in Ol' Coot. I'll being the camera!
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:25 AM   #7
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Mark:

I must admit that I am looking forward to photos of the Coot but more importantly, I'm interested in some data that you may not have at the present time. (ie) Cruise speed @ 90% of max, GPH @ that speed, noise level in the wheel house @ that speed, etc. I realize it's way to early in the life of the Coot for such information but my interest is sure there.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:28 AM   #8
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It seems like he's playing us like a fiddle! Gets us all all worked up, then 'conveniently' forgets the camera! Ooooh, sure, Mark. We've all heard this one before.

Mark, I'm heading to Angel Island on Thursday, June 23 for a 4-day weekend. I have Segways reserved for an island tour on Saturday with the Admiral, my 2 daughters and their boyfriends.

How about you join us on the moorings in Ol' Coot. I'll being the camera!
*I'm innocent!!

Here are a couple of pictures of the Coot's Oakland delivery, with a bonus photo:









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The Angel Island rendevous sounds like fun.* We'll have to see how things so.* I'll be in touch.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:33 AM   #9
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Mark:

I must admit that I am looking forward to photos of the Coot but more importantly, I'm interested in some data that you may not have at the present time. (ie) Cruise speed @ 90% of max, GPH @ that speed, noise level in the wheel house @ that speed, etc. I realize it's way to early in the life of the Coot for such information but my interest is sure there.
*Noise level?* I have no basis of comparison; however, one can hold a normal converation at full throttle (2400 RPM).* The three engine-room hatches are heavily insulated (and heavy).* I have no speedometer, so can't equate RPM with speed unless measured during slack current so speed-over-ground readings become relevant.* I'll definitely begin recording data to share.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:57 PM   #10
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While the exterior of the Coot was the recipient of much diesel grime while traveling at the stern of a ship for six thousand miles or so, the Coot's interior was remarkably clean.* I attirubute that to the "batten-the-hatches" clamps on its exterior doors.* And those "Dutch" doors on the pilothouse were quite convenient: closing the lower door kept out most of the light rain we experienced on yesterday's Richmond to Vallejo trip to homeport.

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Old 06-01-2011, 11:21 PM   #11
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Two options I found very useful:

Rudder indicator (on the right, second from the top).* As a former "tiller man," I found it very useful to know the orientation of the rudder.




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Old 06-01-2011, 11:24 PM   #12
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The second was the tank tender.* Sure beats crawling to examine sight gauges.



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Old 06-01-2011, 11:47 PM   #13
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The window/hatch above the helmsman's position was very*useful to examine the sails to decide whether an adjustment was needed.



We needed a small crane (as used to launch small boats) to raise/lift (actually, tilt it upon*the tabernale/pivot.)*the mast. Fortunately, Jim DeWitt was familiar with the crane's operation.* Maybe the mast was overbuilt.* Me worry?* The mast has now been raised.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:17 AM   #14
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Man Mark, It must be nice. What does a new boat smell like? A new car?

Other than a new truck in 98 I have always rebuilt, repaired or refurbished everything I have* ever owned. Anything of consequence that is. I guess I like it that way.

It looks like you have a great thing going for you there.

The coot is everything I could want in a boat and I am envious of you.

It was so cool of you taking the advice of those of us on the forum and incorporating them in to the build.

This has been a great journey for you and those of us who have lived vicariously through the project.

Thanks again for taking us all along.

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Shew....what great features. *Of course, I wasn't in on the "advising" part of the Coot order, but I sure am in on the "appreciating" part. *We're all going to have a million questions, but I'll wait to see if some of them are answered with your accompanying photographs. *You lucky dog, you! *Oh, by the way, we expect to see the Coot show up on the site Photo album with the best display yet.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:22 PM   #16
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very impressed with the attention to details with everything.
the gage not only meters fuel, but also water.
that is some serious trawler.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:10 AM   #17
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The Coot smells something like between a new car and newly-installed carpets in a house.* I feel very fortunate.* You guys and gals have been a great help, *and sharing my plans and progress is a joy.

Next week a crew will come out to clean, polish, and wax the exterior.* Still spending boat bucks acquiring the necessary paraphenalia (boat hook, flag and pole, shore power cord, etcetera, etcetera).

Photo from yesterday at the Vallejo Marina:

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There was a minus tide, and the Coot is resting on mud.* In the afternoon Coot moved to a different dock.* Another minus tide today, so hope the Coot won't have the experience repeated!
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Mark,

Have you got some boat specs for us late-comers to this party? I looked for earlier posts, but didn't find any.

Length, draft, displacement, hp, etc?

Heck, maybe you could just scan and post the whole manual so we can all read along with you!

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The Coot is 35'8" over deck, 13' in beam, and a draft of just under 4'.* It's steel and weighs 14 tons.* Single-engined, with an 80 h.p. John Deere 4045 diesel.* Four fuel tanks of about 80 gallons each.* Two water tanks of something like 100 gallons each.* (Tankage varied from the website description.)* 24-volt bow thruster.* Folding swim platform and ladder.* Optional fore&aft steadying sail rig, making it a sail-assisted-trawler.* Maximum speed a bit over 8 knots, cruises easily at 6.5-7.5 knots.
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I've come to realize that the fuel polisher can perform two other functions: (1) transfer fuel from one tank to another and (2) if necessary, prime the engine.* Neat!




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