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Old 05-28-2019, 09:06 AM   #121
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Here's a shot of the port side deck before the steps are installed.

That second shot is the access to the side deck as seen from helm. I obviously would have preferred deck access right by the helm, but that would have required moving the helm back (and losing visibility) or losing my access down to head and cabin. This was the final compromise.
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Old 05-28-2019, 09:10 AM   #122
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And here's the CNC router in operation along with an example of what they can cut out with that.

They told me they were going to put some vinyl lettering on the side of my boat with the company name. I told them to skip it - I didn't want some cheap vinyl on an aluminum boat. So they came up with a weld on logo more befitting a battle wagon like this. Here's the prototype in rough draft.

I think I prefer the aluminum logo to vinyl. Thots?
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:51 PM   #123
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A few shots of the main cabin and framing.

The first is the platform for the mattress.

The second is the companion way - steps are bent into shape, but have not been welded in yet.

The last two shots are the framing structure. They don't really tell you much, but they are great to look at.
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:28 PM   #124
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A couple shots of the starboard side deck and ER. Engine is still just sitting in place. It gets moved aft a foot or so when it's actually mounted to the stringers.

Despite having to potentially work on the engine in the rain or under a beating sun, I wanted the ER under the cockpit platform rather than under the saloon sole.

I love diesel engines, but I think there's a lot of advantages to having them out from under your feet. It's much like the relationship with my wife - I love her, but sometimes a little distance is a healthy thing.
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:46 PM   #125
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Which engines are they again? Love the aluminum placard detail! But, your anti vinyl edict needs examination, because I think your ship needs a diagonal color band like the big boys have. I’m going to put one on mine in blue, really gives it an official look.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:27 AM   #126
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Engines are JD 4045-AFM85's.

Yep, I'm anti-vinyl I guess. But US Workboats just put a vinyl wrap on the house of a high speed cat that's just ahead of me on the shop floor. The wrap looks good, but it's not for me. BTW - the cat that's just ahead of me got sea trialed recently. Apparently the two Arneson surface drives and the Cummins engines move that thing like a scalded cat!
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I’ve been aware of arneson surface drives for many years, and I still feel like I don’t understand them at all!
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:40 AM   #128
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Iíve been aware of arneson surface drives for many years, and I still feel like I donít understand them at all!
That's because they operate on the principal of Magic. I could explain it, but a magician never reveals his secrets.
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According to the Keeper of the Schedule - we seatrial in 12 days. Call me a pessimist, but I see more than 12 days of work to do.

But to their credit, it looks more like a boat than a pile of aluminum. Although one of my co-workers just said it looks like a toaster.
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According to the Keeper of the Schedule - we seatrial in 12 days. Call me a pessimist, but I see more than 12 days of work to do.



But to their credit, it looks more like a boat than a pile of aluminum. Although one of my co-workers just said it looks like a toaster.
Looks Awesome!

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Very exciting!

Would like to see some engine room pics if possible
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Definitely prefer the aluminum logo.
My John Deere dealer put one of those 4045AFM85s in his play bay boat. Says it top ends at 27 knots and comfortably cruises at 22 knots. Boat name is Deere Lady. I'm curious to see how smooth they are in your aluminum boat. I have the 4045TFM75 in my trawler, and am extremely pleased with its performance.

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Old 06-17-2019, 07:19 AM   #133
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Would like to see some engine room pics if possible
Certainly. Although the only engine room pics I have show just an engine shoved in there and no other equipment. I'll post some more detailed pics once we get engines and running gear in place and some of the other equipment is put in.

It may have to wait till I make another trip down there. Sometimes technical photos showing details are hard to come by unless I shoot them myself.
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I have the 4045TFM75 in my trawler, and am extremely pleased with its performance.

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Glad to hear. I've not had JD's in a boat before, but I have had them on land based equipment. I'm hoping they are worth the price!

A sister ship (near cousin actually) to mine had the same engines and I was very pleased with the low noise and vibration at virtually all running speeds. Engines were quiet enough that you could hear the oil can effect...I guess that's a plus.
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Glad to hear. I've not had JD's in a boat before, but I have had them on land based equipment. I'm hoping they are worth the price!

A sister ship (near cousin actually) to mine had the same engines and I was very pleased with the low noise and vibration at virtually all running speeds. Engines were quiet enough that you could hear the oil can effect...I guess that's a plus.
The counter rotating balance shafts do an excellent job of reducing vibration in the 4 cylinder engine. You will likely find that you will have to adjust the idle up a little (still within manufacturer's limits) to have a smooth idle. At the bottom end of the idle range, the counter rotating balance shafts are ineffective and it just feels and sounds bad.

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For those interested in such things - which is probably 98% of the people reading a build thread - electrical work has started.

Initially I was scratching my head wondering why they put the starboard engine master switch on the left and the port master switch on the right. Then in a blinding flash of the obvious it dawned on me that this panel will be mounted facing aft so the controls will be intuitive. I guess that's why you boat drivers use port and starboard and not left and right.

So far I'm pleased with how things are shaping up and I've only had a few gripes which have all been addressed. Fingers crossed!
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I had some questions about the engine rooms. Here's a few shots as they stand now - not much to see yet.

I have port and starboard ER's. I'm trying as hard as possible to keep anything out of the ER that doesn't deal with propulsion or steering. But my tank rooms are filled with...well, tanks. So some things will have to go in the ER.

First shot is from cockpit with large hatch visible. Second shot is the same thing. Third shot is aft end of ER with rudder bearing and last shot is from forward of the engine looking aft.
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Access to area forward of the engine is through a weld-in hatch on the side decks.

The PDF shows the basic layout of the starboard ER as shown in the photos. I'm making a few changes to this layout to improve deficiency. But this is a decent enough overview.
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Looks like it'll be pretty cozy working on that engine.
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Looks like it'll be pretty cozy working on that engine.
You're right, there is no excess space. Certainly better than some boats I've worked on, but not great by any stretch of the imagination.
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