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Old 10-22-2021, 12:11 PM   #10961
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This is from a website that sells watches, but the story is about a boat that I would consider "interesting," to say the least.


https://montrespubliques.com/new-lon...eterna-kontiki


You bet.

An uncle gave me his book during my teenage years. Partially responsible for who I am today.

There was a major (sort of) motion picture about it in 2013 from a Norwegian production house and the Weinstein Company, never saw it other than the trailer which showed of course a lot of extra dramatic license. Nominated for some awards though.

You’ve motivated me to try to find his original film documentary from 1951. Pieces are on YouTube.
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Old 10-22-2021, 12:23 PM   #10962
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This is from a website that sells watches, but the story is about a boat that I would consider "interesting," to say the least.


https://montrespubliques.com/new-lon...eterna-kontiki
Thanks for posting that. I hadn't heard about the Eterna watch connection before!
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Old 10-22-2021, 02:44 PM   #10963
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Not a trawler but a useful day boat. No need to moor, just drive it up the ramp or beach to your house.

https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/b...9?bof=r3h5B3PB

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Watched video - Looks "Stodgy" [to say the least] moving too low slung in the water while slowly moving through the water. 740 total hp in twin diesels??? Put a prop and wings on it - that's enough power to fly!

At first blush... being that it is a years old, $3M cost, govt requisition - that has only 100 hours use - to me = a failed boat design experiment!
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Old 10-22-2021, 03:35 PM   #10964
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I've always admired the Hans Christian Independence design. Any owners here or experiences with one? Why are all the best looking boats in the Washington Seattle area?

https://www.yachtworld.com/yacht/198...house-8066293/
And for less than the price of a SeaPiper 35. WOW!!
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Old 10-22-2021, 04:27 PM   #10965
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I like it and would give serious consideration to buying it but, I own a boat. SMILE
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Old 10-22-2021, 04:54 PM   #10966
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This is from a website that sells watches, but the story is about a boat that I would consider "interesting," to say the least.


https://montrespubliques.com/new-lon...eterna-kontiki
I remember reading the book when I was a kid - might have even been a school prescribed reading listed book - a great read for a kid and also for an adult I am sure
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Old 10-22-2021, 05:00 PM   #10967
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And for less than the price of a SeaPiper 35. WOW!!
Yes but a Seapiper is not 30+ years old and almost 4000 hrs on the engine. Not that I am a big fan of the Seapiper, but kind of apples and oranges IMO.
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Old 10-22-2021, 06:24 PM   #10968
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Yes but a Seapiper is not 30+ years old and almost 4000 hrs on the engine. Not that I am a big fan of the Seapiper, but kind of apples and oranges IMO.
I guess new engines could cost as much as the boat.
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Old 10-22-2021, 06:38 PM   #10969
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This is from a website that sells watches, but the story is about a boat that I would consider "interesting," to say the least.


https://montrespubliques.com/new-lon...eterna-kontiki

My dad had this book, I read it at least twice.


You can see Kon Tiki today. It's in the Norsk Maritimt Museum in Oslo. Actually, it has it's own museum in the cluster of museums on the Bygdoy peninsula. Fram is next door, as is Gjoa.


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Old 10-22-2021, 08:23 PM   #10970
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As I understand it, beach launches are very common in NZ. With this no need to damage a vehicle.
Not watched a launching but have seen a landing, of a jet boat, driven up the beach at speed to the waiting trailer. Jet boats are popular on NZ lakes and rivers.
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Old 10-23-2021, 03:46 PM   #10971
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Yes we do a bit of beach launching in NZ.



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Old 10-23-2021, 04:07 PM   #10972
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If you like Kon Tiki perhaps you will like the stories of Hokule’a, too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hōkūleʻa
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Old 10-23-2021, 06:09 PM   #10973
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If you like Kon Tiki perhaps you will like the stories of Hokule’a, too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hōkūleʻa

We were tied up next to Hokule’a when she was in Yarmouth, NS. Very interesting to hear how the Polynesian navigators did their thing. Crew quarters were spartan, to say the least. Imagine crossing the Pacific in that vessel!
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We were tied up next to Hokule’a when she was in Yarmouth, NS. Very interesting to hear how the Polynesian navigators did their thing. Crew quarters were spartan, to say the least. Imagine crossing the Pacific in that vessel!
Unbelievable courage. When they set out on the long voyages, they not only didn't know their destination, they didn't even know if there was a destination.



James Norman Hall (Bounty Trilogy) wrote an excellent novel about just that. I recommend it highly. The Far Lands

Amazon has it for $4.75 (0.99 on Kindle)
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:49 PM   #10975
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" Koomooloo" Halvorsen 60

https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats...rsen-60/267654



"KOOMOOLOO" was designed for long range ocean passages, she has 8000 to 12,000 nautical mile
range, she has 7 tonnes of lead ballast allowing her to recover from a 90 knockdown. Forward facing
windows are of 5/8" armour plate glass, the side windows are 3/8" armour plate glass and can be
fitted with perspex storm shutters."


Read on. Built in aluminum/aluminium in 1976,fitted with twin Gardiners, this Halvorsen has circumnavigated, and is definitely worth reading up on. It sold quickly after listing. It obviously could use some creature comforts updating, and the photos are below par, but truly an interesting and unusual boat in my view.
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Old 10-24-2021, 02:36 AM   #10976
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Really nice ocean crossing boat!
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Old 10-25-2021, 04:50 PM   #10977
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This is kind of interesting. All steel.


https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/b...397428923.html


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This is kind of interesting. All steel.


https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/b...397428923.html


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Not only TLC but also a fat check book containing lots of cash.
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Old 10-25-2021, 05:15 PM   #10979
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This is kind of interesting. All steel.


https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/b...397428923.html


Mid 20th Century: "Steelcraft" mono hull pleasure boats were available. Quite a few on New England inside waters... for a while. Rust begin to really show up. Sales plummeted!! That house boat might be from a dream in someone's mind from seeing Steelcraft boats.

Steelcruisers Steelcraft History page

Quotes: "In May of 1950 Churchward and Co. reorganized under the name Steelcraft Boats, Inc. In September 1952, Steelcraft Boats, Inc. filed bankruptcy."

[During better days!] - - - "The Steelcraft line ranges in price from $2,295 for a 20-foot Sea Dog Utility with a 4-cylinder Gray model 475D engine, to $10,985 for the new 35-foot two-stateroom sedan. The prices for the 26-foot models range from $3,797 for the Holiday cruiser with a Gray 116 h.p. red. model to $8,201 for a twin-screw twin-stateroom deluxe sedan equipped with two Gray model 6220D engines. Engine installations with power up to 360 h.p. can be installed if so desired. Steelcraft has standardized on the Gray and Packard engines.

In addition to the firm's stock boats, it is currently turning out (under a $1,000,000 contract) one 45-foot boat weekly, and one 32-foot daily for the Creole Petroleum CO., for use in Venezuelan offshore fields. These are extremely rugged, Diesel-powered boats designed by Philip L. Rhodes expressly y for this service. The Churchward Company is also engaged on government development projects.

Fifty-four-old Jack Churchward is a metallurgical engineer and a graduate of Exeter, Princeton and the University of Göttingen, Germany. He holds more than fifty patents, and much evidence of his ingenuity, and that of his chief engineer, Marcus A. Hall, and his superintendent, George Lawlor, is to be found in the equipment and arrangement of the plant."
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This is kind of interesting. All steel.https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/b...397428923.html
Heh, "retro", a modern term for hopeless money pit.

One has to think the salvage value for the metal might be the only bargain to be found from that.
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