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Old 10-24-2016, 01:35 PM   #41
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Neat, I like it!!!

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Old 10-24-2016, 02:04 PM   #42
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Thom,
Great account.
I see motorcycle tires.
You a rider?
When I was your age I rode a 750 Royal Endfield.
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:36 PM   #43
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Thanks Ted, Eric,

Haha not really. I'd like to get my motorcycle license though.
I used the tires to make some 'workboat' fenders.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:01 PM   #44
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Why do I like this little ship so much? Ahh... I know why, because its made of steel!

Congrats on transforming this well loved 'trawler' into a great looking little ship. Kudos to you and welcome to the forum.

I especially enjoyed the story about your grandfather and how you paid homage to him by naming your vessel after him. Touching for sure.

Again, welcome aboard!

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Old 10-24-2016, 05:04 PM   #45
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Thanks Ted, Eric,

Haha not really. I'd like to get my motorcycle license though.
I used the tires to make some 'workboat' fenders.
If you ask me, more boats should have 'workboat' fenders. Gives them character for sure! Just Sayin'.

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Old 10-24-2016, 08:03 PM   #46
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Beautiful boat , Thom. Congrats on a great job.
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Old 10-25-2016, 06:02 AM   #47
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Thank you very much!

The main reason for these fenders was that I mostly sail alone. Because we have quite a few locks here I wanted fenders that I could keep hanging overboard. Because leaving the 'normal' fenders overboard is a social no-no here I thought I'd make some nice tirefenders.

One of my next projects was making an old fashioned skylight because of two reasons,

1.- I wanted a bit more light into the galley.
2.- Before I could not stand upright when cooking. Because the skylight is a bit taller than the old hatch I now can.

After buying a few 100 pounds of mahogany wood I could get started.

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Old 10-25-2016, 06:38 AM   #48
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Thom, how old did you say you are? 23? I think that means you're "punching above your age group" here with all this wonderful work you've been able to do!


And if you have to have a day job to support all this, you must never sleep, right?





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Old 10-26-2016, 11:25 AM   #49
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Haha thanks Chris!

23 is correct, Although some pictures are already an year old.

I've made an agreement with myself, all the work that has to be done I do myself. Sometimes that meant learning how to weld, basic engine workings and basic electronics. But they are usefull skills! And when something breaks, which it will because I made it. I know exactly how it was made, where certain cables are and where every screw and nail is.

One of the next little projects was a panel from which I was able to turn on and off the navigation, deck, and search lights. I made a panel with the appropriate size and used a router to achieve the right shape and look of the boat. I tried to keep my hands as steady as possible which, with my ADHD, is difficult but it came out fine! Some aspects that could have done with a bit less 'shaky hand syndrome' After I recieved the ordered LED lights I drilled holes in the panel for all the lights and buttons. Currently there are:

Red/green/yellow - Running lights
yellow - Anchor light
yellow - Searchlight
Blue - 2x Forward deck lights, 2x aft deck lights, 2x engineroom lights
Red - Bilge sensor

Each LED for the navigation and deck lights ar connected in such a way that, when the navigation or decklight is turned on the LED also burns. When one of the lights fails the LED for that particular light also wont come on.

The table I started building around the panel has a deep drawer for my charts and nautical almanac. On top and around the LED panel is space for some small items and a holder for several pencils. Underneath the drawer is space for one of the two fridges that I want to build in.

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Old 10-26-2016, 01:26 PM   #50
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I am very impressed! Great job and beautiful boat.
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:34 PM   #51
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Affirmative on the shaky hand syndrome, Thom. I've had what the call an Essential Tremor" since late 20's. Takes me four or five tries to get the end of the screwdriver on the screw head. You ought to see my writing and sketches. Still, I manage.
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This is definitely my favorite post of all. Keep the passion going and welcome aboard.
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Old 10-26-2016, 04:03 PM   #53
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Fantastic boat and stories! Great job you have done!
Going back a little, do you know the operating RPM of the engine and the weight of the flywheel?
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Old 10-26-2016, 04:19 PM   #54
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Thank you all again for your great comments! I'm already liking it here a lot!

Goldenstar38,

RPM at top speed is around 1000 RPM with a top speed of 9 knots. Mostly I cruise around 600 - 700 RPM while doing around 6-7 knots. When stationary or 'in gear' the engine makes around 150 - 200 rotations.

The old Samofa's were available with two type's of flywheel, a normal one and an extra heavy one. I have the latter which weighs 250 kilo's or 551 lbs. The 'normal' flywheel was around 200 kilo's or 441 lbs.

Larry,

Sounds very familliar! I had a car accident last year which gave me my 'shaky' hands. Though I must admit I always had restless hands. On the plus side I never have to 'shake' a pack of juice before opening again.

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Old 10-26-2016, 05:51 PM   #55
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Many of us have passion and affection for our boats, but yours, combined with a youthful ability to work and learn new skills, is truly impressive. Enjoy your boating!
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The tire fenders look fine in place!
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Hi Thom,

Simply fantastic, thanks for sharing your story!
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Thom thanks so much for sharing your experiences. I am very impressed with your creativity and your devotion to the memory of you grandfather.
Looking forward to more posts about you4 interesting boat.
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Thank you all again!

To keep the character of the boat I try to use some vintage 'details'.
A few of which were an old throttle control from the 1920's and a steeringwheel from 1974. Both needed some work. A few pieces from the throttle were missing so I remade them using thin steel. Then made the handle a bit bigger so it's easier to grab. Then gave it a quick paintjob, I like to have it coppered.

The steeringwheel needed some care too. It needed to be sanded and had to be varnished again.

When visiting a event here in Holland I came across some old commercial plates of famous dutch shipping companies. I bought two of them to fill some empty space. They need to be removed again when I'm ready to rebuild the wall behind them.

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Next up were the 2 'kooien' or berths.
The bottem one was way to small to fit a normal size human so I've decided to keep only the top bunk and make the bottom one as storage.

Removed all the wood and primed the steel surface.
Used mahogany wood for the wall and a piece of vinyl in the middle. Then added 2 small lights.
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