Antidote to Cabin Fever?

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Re: Antidote to Cabin Fever?

Post by fredrosse » Fri May 15, 2020 1:44 pm

Two aluminum angles, 2 inch x 2 inch x 1/8 inch are bolted through the hull to act as bilge keels, about 2 feet apart, about 6 feet long each, to keep the boat tracking properly. Inside the hull, the thru-bolts attach to wood stringers for mounting floor boards.

The stern shaft bearing (1 inch diameter shaft) is a WW Grainger food service UHMW plastic spherical bearing, with a pressed stainless steel mount. This bearing has been in the boat for 14 years, initially with the 3/4HP electric motor, and now with a 13 horsepower 1000 RPM IC engine drive, bearing is still very good. The struts holding the outboard bearing are 1/4 inch x 2 inch steel flat bar, extending out to the bulge keels.

This configuration of angled braces can take considerable side loads, like the ones you get when the turning propeller hits an underwater obstruction.
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Re: Antidote to Cabin Fever?

Post by fredrosse » Fri May 15, 2020 2:09 pm

The electric installation. The 1 inch main propeller shaft is about 6 feet long, and I used a Home Depot PVC sink drain fitting as a stuffing box for the shaft, with some greased twine as packing. Believe it or not,this $2.00 fitting is still in service, all OK!
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Re: Antidote to Cabin Fever?

Post by fredrosse » Fri May 15, 2020 2:20 pm

Electric boat, ready for its first outing.

The boat is almost all e-bay purchases:
Boat with trailer, with broken mast, $107.
I then paid the guy I purchased the boat from to fix the trailer, new tires, new bearings, new lights, and deliver to my house for $250.
Pacific Scientific 3/4 HP 24 volt DC Continuous duty PM Motor, New, $40.
Bronze 3 blade prop, 14 x 16 RH, slightly damaged, but OK at 400 RPM, $35.
Two Group 27 Marine batteries, new @ $69. each (now batteries are far more expensive)
Plus about $100 for jack shaft and bearings, pulleys, cables, etc.
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Re: Antidote to Cabin Fever?

Post by RNoe » Fri May 15, 2020 3:07 pm

The Javelin looks like a nice dinghy for steam conversion. At 14 feet long it would make a nifty "pocket" steamer.
The fiberglass seats provide built-in flotation, a good safety feature. Hulls were constructed until the end of the 1980s.

The Thistle design came from the smaller International 14 sailboat. Not a one-design boat like the Thistle, but still with that nice vertical bow.
Water line length = overall length.
An English class design, they allow unlimited sail sizes and are all-out racing machines. I have seen some insane setups.
Hulls have been built of all materials. More food for thought.
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Re: Antidote to Cabin Fever?

Post by Mike Rometer » Fri May 15, 2020 3:45 pm

Cheers Fred, those sizes work well, I was hoping to get away with something much shorter, but I'm not sure yet, I haven't put any final thoughts Pete's way yet, or drawn them.
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Re: Antidote to Cabin Fever?

Post by PeteThePen1 » Sun May 17, 2020 7:03 pm

Hi Folks

Thanks for all your posts.

I have just stumbled across a nice photo of the Stornoway 12 which shows what a pretty boat it is but does emphasise just how small a 12 boat is.
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The boat in the photo is for sale. See: [https://www.davidmorrisboats.co.uk/blo ... nghy-1900]

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