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#1 OFFLINE   coalnotdole

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:30 PM

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Not sure how much interest there'll be in this on here but Joe reckoned I should stick some photos up.
If I don't get told to piss off then I'll post some more.
 
I bought this 52.1/2ft Ex Admiralty Harbour Service Launch back at the beginning of 2006 (I would have been 17 and it was before I'd rebuilt any cars!)
What was going to be a cheap source of accommodation rapidly transformed into a financially crippling restoration project which is still ongoing....
 
 
As she was when I bought her showing the previous owners Inspired* Shedlike addition:
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Arriving at my new mooring: For reasons unknown the previous owner had painted 90% of the boat in "International Distress Orange"
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My mother, presumably asking me about the logic behind my new summer* project: (*also winter, spring & autumn)
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Showing genuine barnfind* condition:
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Shortly after getting the boat the garden shed was removed:
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And in time a new wheelhouse and funnel were built to as close to what the boat would have had originally as I could manage:
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6Ltr Supercharged 2 Stroke Diesel (with twin overhead exhaust valves!):
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Which redlines at 2800rpm! the Gearbox has a 3to1 stepdown reduction so the rpm at the propeller is pretty slow:
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A photo taken 5.1/2 years ago before I'd really started on the structural stuff:
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And Finally two taken just last week:
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:36 PM

Joe was correct, this is amazing.  Are the bars going back on the windows?



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:37 PM

Anyone else thinking: "Cripes, she looks good for her age. ATBNBE!"

 

Seriously though, impressive resto project! Got any vid of the engine?


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:39 PM

Good lord.

Boat-shite.

 

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:39 PM

Wow.. how the..? Why the..?

I would expect it from old bloke with a wooden leg and a penchant for parrots. 

 

More! 


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:45 PM

Well I like it, so yeah, more pics pls ......... & your mum looks nice too  ;-)


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:46 PM

Amazing. I just restored a jet ski and that was strange enough.

Hats off to you for doing a proper boat. She looks great - as does the vessel.
Bet that beast makes a lovely two-stroke smell!

Safe now. Everything's lead lined.

 

 


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:49 PM

That's great! Does it work? Could you drive it to France or New York or something?


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:54 PM

Brilliant! I'd love to be able to take on something like that.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:56 PM

Well I'm astounded at the interest in her to be honest, And the fact some of you like the Boat as well is great....

 

Joe was correct, this is amazing.  Are the bars going back on the windows?

Yes, I need to make some more though as the PO had removed the ones from the forward accommodation as they made it "feel like a prison" They may all get replaced with stainless if i can find a source of cheap 12mm bar.

 

Got any vid of the engine?

Nope  :-(  When Its running i tend to be jumping up and down in the wheelhouse trying not to crash into things!

 

That's great! Does it work? Could you drive it to France or New York or something?

Its fully functioning, I have 200 Gallons of Diesel on board - Thats enough for 40hours running at full revs  :shock:

 

I'll wang some more photos up later. (of the boat)


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:07 PM

Awesome!

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:07 PM

This is absolutely brilliant.  I would have given my right bollock for something like that when I was 17.

 

200 gallons of diesel though - that's 1400 quids' worth.  F*** me - and I thought the Saab was expensive to run :shock:


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:09 PM

Wow, at 17 most proper petrolheads are about halfway into making a total bollock of a late 80s mini city. But it seems you're not messing about with that thing!

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:14 PM

It's brilliant, very impressed.

 

This will surely run (legally) on cheery though won't it, so I'm assuming (relatively) cheap fuel?


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:14 PM

Awesome.


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:15 PM

That's superb. I CAN HAZ A JEALOUS.

I can well imagine that it can require deep pockets though, marine shite seems to go into a whole new level of expensive from what I've seen.

What's the plan once it's done? Off to sea?
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:18 PM

Every 17 year old should have one of these.

I see an autoshite trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in the offing. We'll park this on the T jetty beside abramovich and co, get the deck chairs out and watch the race with a tin of Tennents: Awesome.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:19 PM

*inserts gag about scuttle and poop deck*

 

Colour me impressed.

 

Run on veg?


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:35 PM

That's great! Does it work? Could you drive it to France or New York or something?


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:51 PM

 

Run on veg?

 

Just pop into Morrisons and order 1000 bottles of veg. Apart from the logistics, being at the deep end of the beech is not a good place to be cutting corners on fuel. If you have to get rescued they have the right to claim the value of the vessel, or even more if you mess up the docking schedules on a supertanker or something.

 

I think this is a brilliant thread and I am very jealous. Mrs DSdriver was most adamant that we were going to live in something built of bricks otherwise I might have been suckered into buying some old Thames barge or similar that might be, oh, worth quite a lot of money now. Keep up the good work, I think you have improved the looks immensely by changing the wheelhouse and I love the old Sailor VHF radio. Have you opened it up and moved the little tuning pegs around so you can get channel zero? Who was she built by, do you know?


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:03 PM

There's got to be ways of recouping your fuel costs doing baccy and drug runs over to Holland?


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:09 PM

That's ace. :)
I'm not much of a sailor but I do love a bit of old boatshite. I think like most of us I just like seeing slightly mangy old mechanical artefacts, and if it's something that can move you about the place so much the better.

I sometimes pop along the local harbour at Bowling and see if there's anything interesting down there.


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:10 PM

Epic. Where is it moored?



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:13 PM

Well done indeed, sir!   A massive save and an incredible task to set yourself at an age when I was still prodding bits of baffle out of moped exhausts....


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:15 PM

Wow! That's about 17 shades of bloody brilliant, that is. Do you have much information on her early history? I think we'd like to know about as much as it's possible to know... Particularly about a thumping great 2 stroke diesel powered anything. 


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:52 PM

Love this mate, Please keep us up to speed on this.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:00 AM

Its fully functioning, I have 200 Gallons of Diesel on board - Thats enough for 40hours running at full revs  :shock:

 

Yikes. So how far would that get you? In other words, how much is Lankytim's trip to New York going to cost? (let's be generous and start in Southampton, that's 3,420 miles)



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:07 AM

It's brilliant, very impressed.

 

This will surely run (legally) on cheery though won't it, so I'm assuming (relatively) cheap fuel?

 

Red Diesel used for propulsion of private pleasure craft is liable to full duty & vat thanks to the EU so should be the same price as at a garage.

As I'm over 30tonnes and designed as a commercial vessel its a bit of a grey area - I can purchase diesel with no duty or vat if I claim i'm a commercial towage operator. Its still almost 90p a litre though.

 

 

That's superb. I CAN HAZ A JEALOUS.

I can well imagine that it can require deep pockets though, marine shite seems to go into a whole new level of expensive from what I've seen.

What's the plan once it's done? Off to sea?

There is no plan! Basically its a case of rebuilding it to original condition and spec but with a few improvements in the accommodation areas, I've also added bollards to the deck just outside the wheelhouse so its possible for one person to bring her alongside and tie up without the original crew of three plus engineer!. 

Depending on the commercial insurance costs when its finished I might be tempted to try and get some towage work.

 

 

Every 17 year old should have one of these.

I see an autoshite trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in the offing. We'll park this on the T jetty beside abramovich and co, get the deck chairs out and watch the race with a tin of Tennents: Awesome.

I'm 25 years old now, Reckon I'll have it finished for my 30th.

 

 

*inserts gag about scuttle and poop deck*

 

Colour me impressed.

 

Run on veg?

Its got a hydraulic governer which needs gasoil within a certain Specific Gravity range or it gets unhappy. injection pumps a bit bigger and more expensive than an Astra one...

 

 

Just pop into Morrisons and order 1000 bottles of veg. Apart from the logistics, being at the deep end of the beech is not a good place to be cutting corners on fuel. If you have to get rescued they have the right to claim the value of the vessel, or even more if you mess up the docking schedules on a supertanker or something.

 

I think this is a brilliant thread and I am very jealous. Mrs DSdriver was most adamant that we were going to live in something built of bricks otherwise I might have been suckered into buying some old Thames barge or similar that might be, oh, worth quite a lot of money now. Keep up the good work, I think you have improved the looks immensely by changing the wheelhouse and I love the old Sailor VHF radio. Have you opened it up and moved the little tuning pegs around so you can get channel zero? Who was she built by, do you know?

Don't think either of the Sailor sets in the wheelhouse at the moment have channel 0 (emergancy services) "programmed" in - I've sold loads of RT144's though and usually stick channel 0 on as it makes them worth an extra £50!.

 

She was built by Dorset Lake Shipyard in Hamworthy (poole), Launched in 1966 she's one of the last wooden harbour launches built for the navy. The steel superstructure is all riveted though despite the year!. She was one of the last working HSL's and the final one in the country to be sold off in 1997.

 

Seen here just before decommissioning, She'd been converted to a water cooled exhaust coming out the side as they had been using her for towing ammunition barges:

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There's got to be ways of recouping your fuel costs doing baccy and drug runs over to Holland?

She's not really built for speed - More for pulling stuff along!  Her top speeds around 10knots (approx 11mph)


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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:12 AM

So those 200 gallons of derv would get you about 440 miles then.  New York and back is going to be fugging expensive...


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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:35 AM

So those 200 gallons of derv would get you about 440 miles then. New York and back is going to be fugging expensive...


Be cheaper to buy a long rope, and simply pull New York toward the Boat. She's not built for speed. She's built for pulling. Birds. And citys.
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