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Old 28-12-2011, 05:02   #1
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New Here - Introducing Me and My Boat !

Hey all,

My name is Chris and I'm new to this forum, it look's awesome!

I would like to introduce my boat and hope you find her interesting.

Sea watch (formally Air watch) is a 63 foot Miami class aircraft crash rescue boat built in 1943 by the Miami ship building corporation for the RAAF, since her retirement from the RAAF she has had a raised bridge deck built on, full refurbishment of under deck accommodation and living quarters, existing motors replaced with MWM (deutz) 11 liter V12 twin turbo diesels with reverse reduction gearboxes, new keel and full fibre glass over hull and top side to name a few things. She is now in the process of having a full refurbishment and modernization and overhaul of engines. I would love to hear from anybody who maybe able to tell me more about my boats history, I hope you found this interesting and would like to hear your thoughts!

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Old 28-12-2011, 07:22   #2
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Re: New here, introduicing me and my boat!

Welcome Chris. Beautiful boat.
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Old 28-12-2011, 07:25   #3
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Whoa...now that's a boat!
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Old 28-12-2011, 07:58   #4
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Welcome to CF Chris. Nice boat. Looks like a fun project.
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Old 28-12-2011, 08:33   #5
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Welcome! Nice Boat...happy cruising!
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Old 28-12-2011, 09:38   #6
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Awesome boat I would love to see more pics. You have a one of a kind and to me that is the best part. Post more pics, you might be able to get more info on the boat if you contact the navy.
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Old 28-12-2011, 09:49   #7
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Re: New here, introduicing me and my boat!

Ye gods Chris, that's not a boat, it's a full blown MTB

You could try asking the RAAF if they still have her sevice records. Occasionally the RN are able to help folk out like that.

Anyway welcome to CF.

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Old 28-12-2011, 13:44   #8
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Thanks for the interest and advice.. here are some more pics and I will take some more interior shots soon and post them up!
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Re: New here, introduicing me and my boat!

Awesome,
That last shot looks like the mariner on the south bank, halfway between Brisbane city and the airport.
More photos, please.
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not a Miami or as original as yours, but the hull is all original construction.
cant load pics-sorry
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Re: New here, introduicing me and my boat!

Holly Crap! That's wonderful! I've been trying to find out if any of those boats were still afloat! You really need to get in touch with Dr. Paul George. He's a Miami historian working at Miami-Dade College and with our history museum History Miami. I'm sure he can give you information on Miami Ship Building Corp. and he would love to have copies of the printed material you have for the museum. Here is a link to his bio on the college website, it also has an email to contact him. Department of Social Sciences | MDC Wolfson Campus
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Welcome Seawatch, Nice boat
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Old 22-01-2012, 05:25   #12
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I bet she sounds nice to with those engines.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Seawatch and vnkiwi.
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Welcome Chris. What a great boat. I bet you'll have a wonderful experience refurbishing her and a greater experience cruising her. Chuck
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Old 22-01-2012, 14:32   #15
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Welcome! It's evident that you've done a lot of work on her.
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