Much Progress

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We just got back from Trawler Fest in Poulsbo. What a great time and thanks to everyone who came by the booth and/or our two brokerage boats we displayed to say hi. I was surprised at the number of people who told me they are reading this blog and visiting our website regularly. (I guess I should be more diligent in posting progress reports)

The folks at Passagemaker (Amy, Natalie, Will, Eileen, and many others) really put on a great event. If you are a trawler enthusiast, I really encourage you to attend a Trawler Fest near you. The seminars are very informative. Jan (my wife) went to see Pat Raines who gave a talk on cruising in Mexico and Central America. She learned a great deal of where we should stop (and avoid as well) and got great tips for transiting the Panama Canal. Bob Smith does a superb job on the diesel workshop and Steve D’Antonio always has some great tips on maintenance and systems. We are national sponsors for Trawler Fest and feel that it is one of the most worthwhile boating events held. (off my soapbox back to the boat)

In the previous post, the superstructure was being infused. The process went well with only a couple of small hiccups. We found a couple of small areas that had undercutting. When a mold is manufactured, care must be taken to insure that the part can be removed. This means that there can not be any reverse tapers that will not allow the part to slide out of the mold. Well, we had a couple of small areas; no big deal but it slowed the removal of the part until they could figure it out.

I am happy to say that the part did come out and it was in good shape (and the most exciting thing is that the mold can be used again .

The part was infused at our facility at Bayview and then we moved it to our temporary building in Anacortes to be mated to the hull.
The superstructure was lifted into position by the overhead crane in the building and one of our portable cranes.
That’s Kevin operating the crane through the “moon roof”. Here is a closeup of him:
I don’t know what we would do without Kevin. Even at the young age of 29, he has many years experience in boat building, most of it as a lead at Northern Marine building large expedition style yachts.

Well, we got the superstructure into position and lo and behold, it fits.

Once the deck is bonded in place, it will be difficult to get full shots of the engine room, especially from above so below are the last unobstructed shots you will see.

Dual Seachests showing Reverso Oil Changing System to the left
Lower part of fuel manifold (less site guages) with Reverso fuel transfer pump
Racor Fuel Filter System
After part of the engine room showing much of the hydraulic system.
Climate Control System and Watermaker
Overview of Engineroom
Another view of the Engineroom
Engineroom looking forward.

We are slowly beginning to move into our new building here in Anacortes. The building is where the BMW/Oracle Americas Cup boats were built. It is 20,000 square feet and will finally provide us with the needed space to get into production. I am not sure when we will move hull #1 there, but it should be soon.

I invite anyone who has an interest to come and see the boat under construction. Please call ahead so that we can be here to give you the 25 cent tour.

Thanks for your interest and as always, write me if you have any questions or comments.