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Old 11-22-2020, 11:34 AM   #1
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Update on Russian Trawler

Hi All,

Finally moved the boat down from up near Finland to Saint Petersburg. The trip took 3 days and crossed about 300km. Days are short, so we didn't get far each day. Here are some pics for your enjoyment...
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:43 AM   #2
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:44 AM   #3
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A few more pics
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Nicely done Dog. Ya gotta love those long trips where you get to spend a few days on board. For those of us who don't often work in km's, that equates to about 186 miles. And yes, I had to google it.

Dog, thank you for taking us along with you via the photos and thanks also for the photos of your boat.
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Almost forgot to post a pic of the boat. Lot's of work to do, but good to know she can run for three days with no issues, all systems up.
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Very cool boat! So far so good.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:28 PM   #8
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Looking good.
Please keep us undated.
Any update on speed and fuel usage?
How many in the crew?
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Max speed?
Have the Russian discovered one of their tugs is missing?
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Looking good.
Please keep us undated.
Any update on speed and fuel usage?
About 7kts average at ~3l/h burn.
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What engine doe it have?
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Looking good.
Please keep us undated.
Any update on speed and fuel usage?
How many in the crew?
Interior pictures?
Max speed?
Have the Russian discovered one of their tugs is missing?
Fuel usage I answered
There were three of us on the trip down; the former owner, his engineer friend and me. They didn't speak much English and my Russian is basic, so it was a lot of pantomime.
Interior pics will come when I get it on the hard
Max speed on this trip that I saw was 11.5 knots with a following sea
Actually, I have found out that this boat and it's former owner are quite well known around this area. He is a diver and he and his crew used this boat to dive some ridiculously high number of wrecks. I believe he has plotted over 3000, not sure how many he has actually dived on. Dove on? I can't even English any more. Anyway, there is a very interesting story here that I can go into if anyone is interested, but there seems to be a lot of interest in the fate of this boat locally.
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What engine doe it have?
Diesel engine 4CН10,5/13 (Yuzhdieselmash, Ukraine) as far as I can tell. Original to the boat and an anemic 40hp. So far I haven't spent too much time in the engine room because there is an exhaust leak that makes it unpleasant (for me) to be in there. Didn't bother the Russians at all, lol.
I have one pic of the engine above, but it is sideways.
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To me, repairing the exhaust leak would be #1, that is assuming you want to do #2 on the list.

Because it is an ex-dive boat, it must have a pretty good generator. Those compressor take a bunch of amps.
The picture of the stove..... solid fuel? Doubles as the ship's cook stove?
You, my friend, have a lot of guts to take on a project of this size.
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To me, repairing the exhaust leak would be #1
Yup. Will definitely start in the engine room. It's really surprising given how generally well maintained it is. But it is definitely a work boat and I guess for them it wasn't such a big deal. They just pinned the door open most of the time when running. For me, safety is a little bigger deal, lol. I'm definitely a "soft American".
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Is that door big enough to get that motor out? Sounds like the perfect spot for a nice 4 or 6-71
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Is that door big enough to get that motor out? Sounds like the perfect spot for a nice 4 or 6-71
I suspect that the pilot house would have to come off if I wanted to replace the engine as a unit. For now I would like to get the current one reconditioned. I suspect it will improve performance enough for the short-midterm. Eventually, I would like to try a hybrid solution. I think technology will get there soon. From what I understand, there isn't much point putting more power on board.
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Just keep what you have and complain about not going 9knts.
That engine is a workhorse. Let me guess, no engine hour meter???
Remember, you're sipping fuel. Bigger engine drink more fuel.
dry stack?
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Any guess on fuel, water and black water tank size.
You have sight glasses for each tank too?
Generator, capacity?
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Just keep what you have and complain about not going 9knts.
That engine is a workhorse. Let me guess, no engine hour meter???
Remember, you're sipping fuel. Bigger engine drink more fuel.
I wish it had an engine hour meter. I imagine if it had it would have rolled over at least once. Most of the old SSP class trawlers look pretty rough. They were used hard from '74 and some are still out there trawling!
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Any guess on fuel, water and black water tank size.
You have sight glasses for each tank too?
Generator, capacity?
Should carry 1.5T fuel, but I haven't verified yet. No sight glass, but an interesting float gauge. I will take pics soon. For water and black water, will find out soon. Has a honda generator, but for our trip we just used the engine and batteries. Still lots to sort out. I've been primarily looking for a place to haul her out so I can start a proper assessment. Russian marinas are...interesting. Still taking inventory. I recognize this is the wrong way round in many ways
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