- Nov 1, 2021
- Kasilof Alaska
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The boat had a Volvo 60 in it with a 22 inch wheel. Engine and gear were both shot and went to the scrape yard. I do not remember how fast it went but something in the 12knot range the way we ran it with all the fishing gear onboard. I am rebuilding it as a pleasure boat so changes will be made. I am thinking about running a remote mount v-drive so I can get the engine out of the house. Fuel tanks would move forward to try and keep things balanced. So far I have removed a couple thousand pounds of wet and rotted wood and plan to go back with honeycomb any place I can. I have a very low hour 3116 300hp to put back in it.
This is not my first time with one of these deals but it might be my last. We will see if I have enough energy to see it through. Some times it feels building a whole new hull would be faster than pulling this thing apart and getting it cleaned up. But one bite at a time gets the elephant eaten.I believe sometime the encapsulation in fiberglass is the problem. Water always finds a way to get in and then it can't get out. How many old boats have un-glassed decks, beams, bulkheads etc that don't rot ?? Anyways you have quite a job ahead of you. I am in the middle of a very similar one of that intensity myself. It goes back together so easy in our minds, but reality is not so easy.