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Old 11-08-2021, 09:33 AM   #1
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Russian Trawler Update #6

Hi all,

If you needed any further motivation to ensure that you have a thorough survey, let me add another object lesson. We got the results of our ultrasound.

We will be replacing the bottom. There are a number of reasons why we couldn't get an ultrasound until now, but I am glad we know and we will be confident when it is replaced. Spendy and very disappointing, though. So spendy. So disappointment.

We should have the work started in January. Waiting for steel. May not be many updates until then.
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Old 11-08-2021, 09:51 AM   #2
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And at the suggestion of some of you I have added some videos and started a channel. Basic at the moment, but if one or two of you could check it and confirm it works (i.e. - there are videos there, etc) I would be grateful.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpY...3yGKr8jw1aIChg
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Old 11-08-2021, 10:41 AM   #3
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Yes, there are videos there.

Is all this bottom work going to be worth it to you?
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Old 11-08-2021, 01:06 PM   #4
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Yes, there are videos there.

Is all this bottom work going to be worth it to you?
Thanks for verifying the youtube is up.

Regarding if it will be worth it; yes, it will be. As I mentioned I got this boat for a song and it is a proven design with good seakeeping, range, etc. This particular boat, the SSP Medium Net Lifter (sic) is interesting to me. The rebottoming is spendy relative to the boat, but not in the grand scheme of things.

Even though this is a setback, it was always a possibility and I was (marginally) prepared for it. The upside is that its a steel boat. She'll be better than when she was first built when all is said and done. I will make the most of this to fix some things I didn't like before. I will also have 100% confidence in the hull, shaft and all through-hull fittings when it's all said and done.

The yard she's in now does a lot of this kind of work (usually on a much larger scale) and I am definitely going to have it professionally done, though I will help where I can and learn what I can. Educational.

It's all good.
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Old 11-08-2021, 03:39 PM   #5
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Too bad, but you will certainly feel more comfortable going off shore with a sound bottom. Hope it goes well and let us know how it comes out.
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Old 11-08-2021, 06:59 PM   #6
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2-3 months wait for steel seems unreasonable. Tough smelting iron ore with solar generated electricity?
We produce both coal and iron ore, it`s mostly exported, from memory we have just 2 steel producers, one(Bluescope) makes steel in USA.
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As I remember, the boat sat underwater several years. So maintenance was probably poor. Some steel wastage had to happen. It's not uncommon to replate steel boats and even warships. Too bad you're not a shipfitter or welder. If you had accurate plans, you could have all of the plating precut.
When I was in the USN on a destroyer in drydock, another destroyer shared the drydock. On that ship a worker was chiseling out rusted boiler supports and fell thru the bottom with a section of plate. The shipyard replated about 80 feet of the hull. WWII built ship in 1968.
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I did not see any evidence of anodes on the hull. Have you seen any?
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2-3 months wait for steel seems unreasonable. Tough smelting iron ore with solar generated electricity?
We produce both coal and iron ore, it`s mostly exported, from memory we have just 2 steel producers, one(Bluescope) makes steel in USA.
Ah, poor wording on my part. There is plenty of steel, but I have another project going at the moment so I won't be buying the steel until January. I have to buy it all at once, so its a bunch of $ upfront.
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As I remember, the boat sat underwater several years. So maintenance was probably poor. Some steel wastage had to happen. It's not uncommon to replate steel boats and even warships. Too bad you're not a shipfitter or welder. If you had accurate plans, you could have all of the plating precut.
When I was in the USN on a destroyer in drydock, another destroyer shared the drydock. On that ship a worker was chiseling out rusted boiler supports and fell thru the bottom with a section of plate. The shipyard replated about 80 feet of the hull. WWII built ship in 1968.
Yes. When I was shopping for boats I saw that any boat older than 10 years usually included the date when it had it's bottom replaced or inspected. I knew this boat was hauled in 2018 and mistakenly thought he had addressed this. He did...with bondo, lol. Anyway, replacing the bottom is a standard procedure here and I now have connections at a decent shipyard.

I actually became a certified welder here in Russia. Stick, MiG and TiG. But this is beyond my meager skill and experience
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I did not see any evidence of anodes on the hull. Have you seen any?
Yes, there are two amidship either side and two at the rudder either side. They are in reasonable shape, but will replace them.
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Usually the cheapest boat is the most expensive. Best of luck, it will be your boat when finished!
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OP said..."As I mentioned I got this boat for a song"

I admire his attitude.
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OP said..."As I mentioned I got this boat for a song"

I admire his attitude.
And what was the name of the song?
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Watched the videos. This is going to be an interesting repair
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And what was the name of the song?
"Money for nothing, chicks for free " Dire Straits...
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same with airplanes
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Hey guys, I am experimenting here. Please take a look and let me know if this is something you want more of...Thanks!

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I wondered what happened to you.
Nice overhead shot.
Interior all finished? LOL
You are going to the yard to do what?
Happy Thansgiving. Stay warm and healthy
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