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Old 03-25-2019, 02:14 PM   #81
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:37 PM   #82
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That Front end looks awesome, looks like it could drive right over you while swimming, and you would still have a couple of feet to spare..Looking forward to seeing the finished product....
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Bkay, thanks for sharing all of this.

I've taken a sudden interest in aluminum as I'm in the process of buying a used racing sailboat built by Kanter Yachts. Will be following your progress with interest.

I admired Jutson's sailboat designs for many years. I'm sure he has vast experience with custom builds. Was this a custom design for you, or were you working from stock plans, or somewhere in between? Sorry if you've already said and I missed it.
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I admired Jutson's sailboat designs for many years. I'm sure he has vast experience with custom builds. Was this a custom design for you, or were you working from stock plans, or somewhere in between? Sorry if you've already said and I missed it.
Yes, Scott Jutson has done some serious work. I'm amazed at how many different types of vessels he's designed over such a broad range.

When I started this project, I was basing it on an existing design. The boat shown in this photo was a 42' x 13'. I asked to have the same boat, "just a few feet shorter" and with a target speed of 14 knots. I was hoping it might be modest changes to existing files. But in reality, he treated it as a completely new design and started from a blank page.

I'm happy with the direction this project went and I think it will work much better for my purposes that the version in the photo. Although I'm 4' shorter that the boat in the photo, my waterline length is only a couple feet shorter (by my rough calculations) and the space utilization is a little better for me.

One advantage of aluminum (and wood for that matter), every boat can have structural modifications over the previous version.

BTW - the boat in this photo is (or recently was) for sale in Washington. I have no interest other than I've inspected the boat and she is well designed, well built, and the owner was very squared away and let me do an extensive inspection of his boat before I made my decision - so I hope he sells her for a fair price.
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Progress. They are re-calculating the tentative launch date. Remember this safety tip: Never go to sea in a boat completed on time!

First shot is the brow with a guy shamelessly marketing US Workboat apparel. I should have written one of those shirts into the contract!!

Second shot is the port engine room hatch. The cutout on the upper right quarter is the air intake for the ER. There will be a louvered vent covering the intake.
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Wait, now that I look at that second picture, it may be the starboard ER hatch, in which case that cutout in the top right is just a hole they cut in my boat.

Kinda hard to see in these photos with no reference points - but I think I see the prop pocket in that photo, which means that photo is shot looking toward the starboard aft quarter.
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Here's the value in working with a builder that has in-house design capability. Here's a model of the original NA's helm layout. Not bad, but I was on another boat with this layout and I didn't love it.

It reminds me of an upright piano and I wasn't keen on no protection at the stairs.
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Here's the highly detailed sketch I sent asking if we could do something a little different:
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And here's what I got back the next day. All in all, I like this layout much better. The table is a fold down and sized for chart books.

We still need to check the layout with the wheel and helm chair, but it's clearly an improvement to me.
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I nearly bought one like this that was near complete but buyer bailed on project. Outlaw marine made it in Canada. I always regretted passing it up!
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Here's a few more shots from Friday.

The first shot is port tank room looking forward into the head. Second shot is port tank room looking aft to the WT bulkhead. And third shot is starboard tank room looking forward into the berth.
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Starboard engine room with a John Deere snuggled up in a blankie. Engine will move aft a couple feet and centered on the two stringers visible in the pic.
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Here is the companionway into the berth and the platform for a queen size mattress. The platform is on top of the tunnel - so you get exercise simply getting into and out of bed.

The 3rd shot shows the bits and pieces of the berth aft bulkhead. Those are pretty clean welds to my untrained eye.
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...and a couple shots of the house now that they have the brow tacked into place.
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And finally, the boarding platform.
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Very cool! When is the possible completion date?
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Very cool! When is the possible completion date?
Yah...that's a pretty good question. I'm told she should still be finished on time despite several milestone delays. Our original schedule has completion and acceptance at the end of May - I just don't see that happening.

I'm hopeful I will accept and deliver the boat sometime in June. I'll be fairly miffed if I'm delivering in July, and I'll be downright PO'ed if it's in August!

Stay tuned...
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That Front end looks awesome, looks like it could drive right over you while swimming, and you would still have a couple of feet to spare..
Gene, Here's a little perspective shot. Granted, she is blocked a couple feet off the ground here, but at 28" from waterline to low point in the tunnel - she probably counts as a "high tunnel" model.
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A couple update shots: Here's a shot of the aft deck before the house was set in place.
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