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Old 08-12-2018, 04:06 PM   #1
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Yup, we pulled the trigger...

My wife and I are, as they say, "the current caretakers" of the 54' Vripack formerly named Lady Galathea. We took delivery a couple weeks ago and are planning to leave Lauderdale next weekend to bring her north to her new home on the Chesapeake. Anybody else heading north next week? Wouldn't mind the company or advice. I'll post a new thread about that.

Anyway, we are long time boaters (30+yrs) and are very excited about our new little ship. We also are looking forward to the camaraderie of the Trawler Forum community.

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Old 08-12-2018, 05:04 PM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome,
Vripack is a serious design studio with tons of very nice work. I am not familiar with Spiroships where yours was built but the Vripacks I looked at when I was over in Holland to buy Libra looked to be of exceptionally high build quality.
Of course I love your choice of build material.

Nice!
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:31 PM   #3
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Looks very nice! How's about some engine room pictures. I always like seeing the machinery space.

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Old 08-12-2018, 05:38 PM   #4
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Congrats!!! Beautiful boat....Now lets talk about those huge anchors!!! LOL
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:39 PM   #5
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Shew, is that a beauty! Looking forward to hearing more about your cruising experiences. Will you bee living aboard?
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:05 PM   #6
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Congrats!!! Beautiful boat....Now lets talk about those huge anchors!!! LOL
Vince, don't answer that...it's a trap! I'll take care of this. You gotta watch out for these guys!

Move along ASD, those SHHP anchors will do just fine.
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:43 PM   #7
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Dang, that is one GORGEOUS SHIP! We're gonna need a LOT more photos of her.
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:48 PM   #8
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Wow, what a beauty! Congratulations! I love a Vripack.
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:32 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the positive comments.

Here's some ER porn for ya OC Diver. These pics were taken during survey and most of the hoses have been replaced as well as a to of other maintenance items. Sorry about the last 2 pics. I couldn't figure out how to keep pictures from automatically rotating when I upload them.

Klee Wyck, I'm sure your little ship has similar systems. Who else does oil cooled shaft tubes but the Dutch?? on a 50 footer?? Heated towel bars?? Can't wait to feel these Koop Nautic stabilizers do their thing. They were very impressive during sea trials but needed some bearing attention. After a complete rebuild, they spin like a top.

Anxious to get underway.
I'll keep you all posted on our progress.
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:34 PM   #10
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OK, I now have very serious boat envy.

Welcome Vince.
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Congratulations. I admired the listing of your boat, but never got aboard. Looking forward to more of your observations.

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Welcome aboard. Beautiful.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:05 AM   #13
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Beautiful boat! Great interior spaces and love the engine room.
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One thing that's nice about bigger boats is a bigger engine room. Love to get down there and tinker.
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Very nice ship. What are the roller looking things on the stern?
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Very nice engine room! To me, the engine room speaks to the quality of the design, execution of the builder, and the maintenance by the previous owners.

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Old 08-13-2018, 09:41 AM   #17
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Very nice ship. What are the roller looking things on the stern?
The boat has a really unique but very effective stabilizer system engineered by the stabilizer master Ted Koop and made by KoopNautics. You can see them in the haul out picture. They are the large horizontal cylinder looking things at the transom below the waterline. During our sea trial it was 8ft. close seas and when we engaged the stabilizers, there was no roll. They also work at anchor, but we have to run one engine that drives the hydraulics.

They spin both directions hydraulically to use the Magnus Effect to counteract the roll.

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Wow. What a boat! I remember lusting over that listing before!
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Very nice, Congratulations!
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Congrats, beautiful boat. Enjoyed the vid on the mangnus.
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