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Old 11-25-2018, 04:33 AM   #1
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Hello from Scotland

Hi there
We just purchased a 55ft Dutch steel, ex fishing trawler. She is still in full trawler guise powered by the legendary gardner 8lxb.

Due to the time of year and weather over the next few months, very little will actually be happening to her, but it gives us time to plan, dream and sell our plastic sail boat.

As soon as all the other boats in the yard splash in for the new season, and make some space for us, we will be coming out for new anodes and to get all the shelter deck removed. We will go straight back in the water to spend the year as a big day boat whilst building or commissioning a new superstructure.

Hopefully we have not bitten off more than we can chew.
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Old 11-25-2018, 05:42 AM   #2
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Hi Manny,


welcome to TF.


You have an interesting project to make a conversions for you as a new Trawler. You will surely be truly a seaworthy boat for future adventures. It would be great to be able to keep track of your big project with pictures and story. Here you can find a lot of friendly people with extensive knowledge of almost everything associated with Trawler. Much good for you to design and implement your dream.


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This interesting old steel boat project and the lower second link will take you to the whole story.


https://www.passagemaker.com/cruiser...oat-conversion


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Full video story https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...brupeg+channel
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Old 11-25-2018, 05:56 AM   #3
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Hoots mon, it's a braw thing ye are doin' there!

We need pics, plenty of pics as you restore her.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:23 AM   #4
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Thanks lads
Aye, she is a braw lump of steel! Been following the Brupeg squad for a while and learned a few wee tricks from their videos.

Once the conversion starts taking place we will take and post lots of pictures. It's going to be a mission cleaning and tidying up 50 years of fisherman abuse.
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Old 11-27-2018, 04:32 PM   #7
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A wee picture to give tou an idea of what her hull looks like
https://goo.gl/images/hNdomx
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Our West Coast is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world, but our weather can be unforgiving.
She will draw about 2m once the new super structure is on.
Rangers or Celtic? In a room full of Rangers supporters, I'm a Celtic fan, and vice versa. I prefer rugby.
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Welcome, Manny

Clar Innis and welcome!
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Wow!! Beautiful boat but a big project. Bring money!! Welcome to the forum, please keep us abreast of progress.
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Need pics of that Gardner. Awsome motor!
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:19 AM   #18
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Thank you for all the kind words.

Although most of the shelter deck and whaleback has been cut and craned off, serious work is not planned until the new year.

Whilst digging through a pile of shite in the aft crew quarters, dully lit by a wee torch, finding gearbox manuals and old fishing licences it did dawn on me the sheer size of what lays ahead of us.
40 years of fishing has definitely left its mark, and smell.
You forget that although she's a boat, she was built to be a tool, and to do a job.
Being airy and comfortable was not one of those criteria.

She is sporting a fragrance of fish, diesel and damp, with odd hints of whisky and cheap wine.

I have made a list to work to, and as long as I stick to the list and not get carried away with other projects, it will all work out.
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