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2012 Activities 

Wow, 2012 Got here way too fast. We managed to get some painting done during the cold part of the winter using electric heaters. The power bill has been about $80/mo to keep the crew quarters dry and the areas where painting has taken place warmed for a few days.


The crappy hose and clamp setup supplying the raw water from the sea strainer to each engine pump was removed and a new pipe and rubber elbow routing method was added. This is volunteer and friend Larry Sanneman cutting and fitting.

Due to the weight of the old engine and generator we disassembled it down to the liftable size. Here is Mark McCaffery assisting. A heavy duty engine hoist was placed over the aft engine room hatch. An electric winch was bolted to the end of the lift arm. It was pretty easy to remove with this setup. This from the late fall, I cleaned and repainted each of the throw rings. I have the new boat name stickers to add.    

Photos of the 83527 and other 83 footers show a RBO receiver in the crew quarters. They were designated as ship entertainment receivers. We were donated one from the Puget Sound Navy Museum in Bremerton. It does need some work however.

Volunteer John Cross is shoveling snow off the gangway and helping get the smashed tarps back in shape. Painting the three CO2 bottles. Painting the CO2 bottle mounts. Painting the old and new floorboards from engine room and lazerette. Looking aft from the hatch in aft engine room bulkhead. (Not in original boats.) The opening seen in the bulkhead will have a WTD installed soon.
Lazerett deck boards. Since this photo a 2nd and 3rd coat has been completed. Restored engineering console mounted on the aft engine room bulkhead. Engine room, looking from forward to port aft. Breaker panel has plastic over it for paint spray protection. Engine room looking to Stbd aft corner. The old generator was removed since it was never going to run. A replacement is almost ready for installation on these frame rails.  
added 03-09-2012
Closet in Chiefs Quarters. Setting on bunk looking across. Bottom of closet. Top. Note pipe is at the base of the mast.    

Added 04-17-2012 - The Starboard Generator Install.
Royal Journey planning some planks for a future project. The generator is down the ramp and the foot of the boarding stairs. Ready to use a come-a-long to pull it up the planks, but the volunteers have not arrived. Engine room platform is in place ready to receive the generator. A plank platform is formed over the raw water strainers to prevent any damage.
Mark McCaffery with generator ready to go down the hole. John Cross ready in the engine room to guide and receive. One last lift and remove the plywood and 2X4s. Down the hole Cleared the obstacles.
Remove the strap and safety lines. Getting ready to flop it over. Grunting it across the plank to the bed. One last push. Its a wrap.

Added 06-26-2012        

For the last 8 years the raw water feed from the sea strainer was an ugly big hose supported by a line from the overhead. That mess was replaced with 2" pipe and a sequence of 90 degree connectors routed from the strainer to the pump input. Several restraint clips need to be added. Here John Cross is reassembling the segments.


The port and stbd sea strainer caps were severly rusted and replaced with new stainless steel round plates.


In early June after the raw water system was reconditioned and reconnected we started up both engines. After getting smoked out of the engine room we discovered that the bottom edge of the port muffler was rusted through. That was removed and a patch welded over the tired area and the muffler was reinstalled.


I finally got the air shift control system smashed into an enclosure and wired up. The front panel shows the air pressure at the manifold and the 24vdc for the actuator valves. The selector switch provides three 24vdc voltage sources for the system. The primary is 110vac from the generator operating when underway. This powers a 24vdc output power supply. The second source is a 12v to 24v inverter module that will run off of an adjacent 12v battery (8D size nearby). The third is two small "alarm box" type batteries in the enclosure. Since the whole system only requires about 150 milliamps when operating there is almost no strain on any of these sources. There is to be added an alarm horn for loss of 24v or low air pressure. The air compressor arrangement is not yet finalized. A complete description of this system will be provided later. The switches in the below selection are the forward gear limit switches adjusted to prevent the air valve from being activated when underway in forward gear and prevent the cylinder from pushing the clutches against the throwout bearing.


When we got the boat the bulkhead between the lazarette and the spares compartment had a a big cut out. Mark McCaffery and I have partially completed a watertight door installation in that hole.

Other projects getting completed include:        

Chiefs head diddy bag shelf added. Massive cleanup and board pile removal on the fantail. Engine room fan kludge for low power cooling. A thrown together ham shack for yakking with ham radio friends. My interpretation of the forward head two sink arrangement.



I'm picking up eight cylinders the dimensions of a Mark VI depth charge. They were donated to us by Rick Hermanson and  the great people at

Hermanson Co. www.hermanson.com

Click HERE to view a Depth Charge Manual Routing out the end pieces for the depth charges. Now for the detail add on pieces.
Ends and hub. Hub detail dimensions. Engraving fake details. Hub drill template. Drilling 3/8 inch holes in pattern.
Hub with bolts setting on end. Painting cylinder Painted Apply Construction Cement Cement
Spacer on deck to set in end panel Spacers ready for panel. Pushing panel into cement. Applying cement behind panel  
Cleaned up glue Drying Painted hubs attached to end panel.    

Panish Control advertisement found on Ebay.      


With the basic airshift system operational I got the Panish Control Box ready for installation on the flying bridge.
    Mike Mallet cleaning up the bridge and area for control box placement. Panish control setting in place. This photo to document the location of the switch and jack plates. They are getting removed and sand blasted, then painted red as before.

07-30-2012 Liferaft Project

Many of the photos and drawings show balsa life rafts aboard the 83'ers. This is an attempt to make some life raft lookalikes. They are based on a core frame of 6" PVC pipe and "T"s. Since this was a no budget project I scrounged all that I could. The PVC pipe was donated by my friend Kim Bottles. The "T"s were purchased on Craigslist in Bremerton for $4 ea. That was way better than $30 at Lowes. After I got started I discovered that the PVC pipe, although labeled 6" was for some reason unknown to me 6" ID, while the "T"s were ready for 6" OD. This required a conversion spacer that was made out of some 6" OD pipe. It made the original design way more complicated than just joining 4 pipes to 4 90 degree corners.

The shape of the raft would be created with a 9" X 9"X 18" foam block. I scrounged about 30 12" x12"x 18" foam blocks from the Everett Lowes that were discarded. The were used to space small trailers apart during shipment. I set up a hot wire cutter frame that I scrounged from my neighbor, Royal Journey and attached it to a piece of plywood on the work table. An AV voltage variac was added to reduce the AC voltage down to about 9volts. That was the perfect temp to easily slice the foam. So the blocks were sliced down to the 9X9 dimension. Then with different rotating gadgets I made the corners were rounded and the 9" core was removed. See the videos.

Liferaft on starboard aft. Concept drawing. Dimensions have changed. Cutting tube to length Converting a "T" to a 90 degree corner Slicing the 6" OD for the  3" adapter ring.
Sawed a slot in the adapter ring. Sanding a bevel on one edge. Ready to insert. Insert 1 1/2 inch.  
Video - Shaving edges of exterior foam
Hotwire frame to cut internal flotation foam and exterior form. Isolation transformer and variac transformer, plus voltmeter. Ready to cut.   Inner core to fill the PVC pipe for bouyancy.
Video - Cutting out main body Video - Cutting pipe insert foam
    Cutting some inner cores from scrap pieces. Core down the pipe.  
Added PVC glue for the diameter adapter ring. Green adapter ring Two ends with Contractor Cement to secure the pipe into the modified "T". Added some metal roof screws that were on hand. Setup the frame to dry the cement.
Next is the foam covering for the life raft shape. Standby. . .        

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