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Old 01-21-2018, 03:33 PM   #121
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Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.
Wifey B: Yeah, we know people here who dropped their tow membership when they put the boat on the market. Cost them several hundred when showing the boat. Once back at dock, was a 15 minute fix, but they couldn't take time to figure it out while stranded in the ICW.
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Old 01-21-2018, 04:17 PM   #122
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Ain't that the truth Mark. For anyone interested, the outcome to the problem that ruined my birthday cruise here... http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s...d-36335.html#8

...turned out to be something a couple of nips up with a spanner cured. Trouble is, I couldn't find the said fuel leak, as it was only revealed by pumping the lift pump vigorously for longer than I did. It was where the copper tubing fuel line joins (via a metal locking nut), to the on-engine 2º filters. It took the diesel mechanic, who had dealt with this sort of thing before, about half an hour to fix. The tiny leak allowed air to get in and cause an air-lock when we throttled off for the first anchorage. So, it cost me the four day cruise, and $520 for the tow back..! Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.
Sorry to hear about your pump failure, Peter. I've been waiting for that to happen for the 10 years I've owned FlyWright.

My boat came with electric fuel pumps inline to the lift pumps but they were never hooked up to 12V...just loose wires to nowhere. I recently connected them to 12V with a toggle switch to assist in bleeding the fuel system after filter service. A backup benefit is that if a lift pump fails, I can turn on the electric fuel pump on that side to pump fuel through the lift pump to the high pressure pump.

Some folks use externally mounted electric pumps as the lift pump replacement on some diesels.
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Well said, thank you for posting
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Very much appreciate the post and reminder of how special our experiences on the water are...cheers.
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My boat came with electric fuel pumps inline to the lift pumps but they were never hooked up to 12V...just loose wires to nowhere. I recently connected them to 12V with a toggle switch to assist in bleeding the fuel system after filter service. A backup benefit is that if a lift pump fails, I can turn on the electric fuel pump on that side to pump fuel through the lift pump to the high pressure pump.
I had to do that on a delivery once. Thanks for reminding me I need to pick up a couple of (the right capacity) electric lift pumps and install them. Somehow that hasn't made it to the top of the list yet. But it should.
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. So, it cost me the four day cruise, and $520 for the tow back..! Because, as the boat has been for sale, we had let our sub to the local Volunteer Marine Rescue folk lapse, otherwise the tow would have been free. There's a lesson there I guess.

Its been suggested to us a few times to do this but I just can't see a 35ft outboard powered power cat having the grunt to undertake a tow on a 70tonne trawler.
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jet thruster question

Anyone out here had any experience with Holland Jet Thruster?
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Hello! You look so happy in this photo. I see a cake on your table. Did you have a birthday?
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Old 09-23-2020, 05:26 AM   #129
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"Its been suggested to us a few times to do this but I just can't see a 35ft outboard powered power cat having the grunt to undertake a tow on a 70tonne trawler."

If there is little wind and current , weight is no problem , tho the tow will be fairly slow.
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We started the day planning on a 35 mile cruise around Aquidneck island, turned back do to fog 1/2 way thru and called an audible ending up at Potters Cove (Ri). Super calm can he’s the crickets from shore 500 yard off
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Old 11-23-2020, 12:05 PM   #131
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I was checking this post and realized it’s ten years old, where did the time go? Wow, it’s scary how fast time slips by and how short the runway is becoming. Looking back over the past 10 years I feel that we have not accomplished nearly what we had hoped to do with boating and blame myself. While we did spend the last five years designing, building and enjoying our last boat (Helmsman 38E) the plans to retire early and spend time exploring the ICW did not materialize.

Could we have shipped the boat to the east coast as planned and flown back and forth trying to find a few “two week” periods of vacation, sure but would it have made sense? Not for us so we passed. Now with the boat sold we find ourselves trying to decide what the boating future holds and to be honest it is a little unnerving weighing budget, desires, health and timing. What I would give to go back to 2005. But I guess that’s why we started our trawler adventure 15 years ago instead of waiting. Despite not covering all the miles we planned we did enjoy four boats and wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything.
For anyone thinking about buying a trawler and trying to decide if the timing is right or wait a few years for everything to line up, done wait. Do what you can now and start enjoying it. There are no guarantees in life and a partially accomplished dream is better than just dreaming.

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Old 11-23-2020, 06:42 PM   #132
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John, I always thought there was no one who enjoyed the building of his boats more than you did! (...and I mean that in the nicest of ways!)

Walt just took delivery of his Duffy. Maybe you could talk him into a SD Bay ride along. If I lived there without a boat, I'd be buying him lunch every week!!
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Old 01-17-2021, 05:10 PM   #133
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It’s been only a couple of months since we sold the boat and we are already missing being out on the water. Driving to San Diego, Dana Point and Newport Harbor to watch the boats just is not the same as being on the water. I have been boating my entire life (I just turned 60 - ouch) and though I feel great and still have a ton of adventure in me, my wife is done with serious boating ( double ouch). So she says then last week we went aboard the new N41 and she says we should buy one. I think it was more emotional than true thought but it doesn’t matter since for a number of reasons the N41 is not the right boat for us.

Getting ready for retirement in a few years also plays into our boat budget and unlike many who wait for retirement to buy their trawler and cruise we spent the last 15 years building three new boats and living aboard (part time) for about five years. All this was not inexpensive but we have zero regrets, in fact just the opposite.

So, where does this place us today? I think Mary is onboard for one last boat but it will be smaller and likely for just the day or weekend. Needless to say I’m not going to object and have already started the best part of boating which is researching and building a boat. Their is a world of different boats out there and I plan to explore as many as possible before deciding which one fits our next “mission” using the 90% rule. More to follow for anyone interested in the process we use.

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Old 01-27-2021, 01:59 PM   #134
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It's time

This whole thread makes us hope we haven't waited too long. We have been sailing and powerboating all along as we raised kids, built businesses but now we are finally getting ready to do it for real.

Last fall we bought a 46' Lien Waa custom motorsailer and sailed her home. We had time to get to know all the systems but then had to put her away for winter.

In the meantime I got total knee replacement on both knees. Thanks football.
One after the other. It seemed like a good time to do it since with Covid we weren't going anywhere anyway.

We are going to cruise around Eastern Long Island and the Sound this summer after I get my act together. In 3 years after I fully retire at 67 (wife will be 65) we may take the boat to FL for the winter and back up to NY for summer.

The PO of the current boat was a very experienced yachtman and 71 when he commissioned it. It has electric winches and can be fully operated from the helm. We are in relative good health and my wife is a retired nurse. Its time to do this.
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SBTC, Definitely go for the dream! It's always a worthy motivation back to good health. I plan to boat for as long as I can board.

Then when you're aboard, the 'Yacht Yoga' will keep you healthy as you squirm through the engine room for maintenance and repairs.

If you're really lucky, you'll have friends nearby who can help by handing you tools and tell you what you're doing wrong while they drink your beer.
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We carefully selected this boat we could sail as a couple for at least 10 years. As I said the PO was 71 when he had it built and he is 84 now. He set it up well. Inside and out helms, windlass controls at both helms and bow, bow thruster, electric winches with everything lead aft to the outside helm, ketch rig with furling self tending jib and in boom furling for main and mizzen, hydraulic steering with autopilot, radar, generator, and 3 AC units.

Another requirement was a 54' air draft and 5.5' draft for the ICW.

and ...it has a nice bar with an icemaker. We can't wait to get used to it this summer.
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We carefully selected this boat we could sail as a couple for at least 10 years. As I said the PO was 71 when he had it built and he is 84 now. He set it up well. Inside and out helms, windlass controls at both helms and bow, bow thruster, electric winches with everything lead aft to the outside helm, ketch rig with furling self tending jib and in boom furling for main and mizzen, hydraulic steering with autopilot, radar, generator, and 3 AC units.

Another requirement was a 54' air draft and 5.5' draft for the ICW.

and ...it has a nice bar with an icemaker. We can't wait to get used to it this summer.
Sounds like heck of a nice craft. Do you have closeup photos of interior/exterior? Maybe I missed them in this thread; apology if so. I recall visiting Greenport by water in early 60's. Nice place!
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I will post pics as soon as I can figure out how to resize them
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I will post pics as soon as I can figure out how to resize them
Way I do it:

Take photo on e-phone

Send it to your email [medium size selection]

Place the photo from email into a folder

When posting on TF:

Scroll down... punch up "Manage Attachments" - Follow easy directions

Once the photo[s] are loaded... Then, hit "Submit Reply"

Good luck... Looking forward to seeing your boat's photos!
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