' Interesting' interpretation of the health and safety regs.
An accident waiting to happen....
Can't recall exactly where I saw it, perhaps on PBS recently, but there were some photos and videos of these Italian vessels that 'harpoon fish' for billfish for food. They had CRAZY high towers and long bow sprits on them.
I did a little more online research on this - and as suspected, while it "looks pretty good" - it has a disappointing history. The boat was built in the south of China by "Kim's Yacht Company -Xinhui" - this Vripack 69 Trawler Expedition boat seems to have been built by a company that only built a few boats and then went bankrupt.
The Designer has a little info on the boat and company on his linkedin profile:
"Kim's Yachts Ltd. Southern China
April 1999 – June 2004 (5 years 3 months)Xinhui District, Jiangmen City, P.R.China
Design/project manage/technical supervision of he following:
2 x 72ft streel sailing yachts
31ft 35kn Retro powerboat with a transom tumblehome in Nomex
Tartan range of sailing yachts
69ft Vripack steel Expedition Motoryacht
68ft Trawler motoryacht
Refit 70ft sailing yachts in steel"
The locks in Seattle are always interesting and sometimes an adventure. Went through today and this little yellow drone boat, about 4' long, was in front of us. I talked to the operator on the lock wall and they are an environmental firm doing some work for the Corps of Engineers. Checking water flow, currents and doing 3-d imaging of the bottom outside the upstream gates and on the downstream side of the dam. Turns out that silt builds outside the gates and the waterflow fro the dam has eaten away a lot of the bottom around the foundation of the small lock. The guy said they can load the thing with a multitude of sensors to do almost anything on the water.
We pulled into Salmon Bay Marine Center and the guy next door was moving his house! Just turning it around.
Sorry, can't figure how to turn the picture around. But, notice "Bubba" the cute little tug!
Rochepoint, did the operator of the drone boat have VHF communications with the lock keepers and other vessels, like a normal vessel would, did it have Nav lights. Any idea of how far from home, or the operator, it ranges?
That is a beautiful litte ship. I would dearly love to own something like that, a boat with history and a soul.
It look a lot like the San Peblo.
Pacific Yellowfin was built by the US Army Corp of Engineers in 1943 at Billings Shipyard on Deer Isle Maine, to a design by Seattle's HC Hanson. She is 114' x 30' and was originally a Junior Mine Planting vessel, thus her designation JMP 64. It takes huge pockets to maintain a 72 year old wooden ship in first class condition. This past winter four guys spent 6 months rebuilding her forward bulwarks and replacing three topside planks each side up in the bow. Every year sees a similar sized project.
If you apply the 10% rule, Pacific Yellowfin could be replaced today for around $15m....So maintenance each year will be about $150k.
And she is in no way related to or similar to the two San Peblo's I know of. One of those was a fictional ship which appeared in The Sand Pebbles movie. She was a 150' steel riverboat re-creation built for the film on the lines of a Spanish Gunboat. The real USS San Peblo was a 310' Seaplane Tender.