It's been a while since I was last on the forum and hope everyone is having a fabulous boating
season. I just purchased a 40' steel trawler
and am here seeking advice from the most knowledgable people in the boating
This boat is going to have a lot of work done to it because it has been sorely neglected by it's preveous owner, whom should never have
been allowed to own a boat in the first place.
So here's what's going to happen to it.
It has a glass-over-wood superstructure that is in such terrible disrepair
that it all must be replaced. I'm currently building a new all-steel superstructure in my shop. I,m not sure if it's the right thing to do (steel)
but it will solve a lot of water
leaking issues around joints, windows, doors and such.
This boat has 2-200 gal. fuel tanks
in it that are positioned crossways amidships and I was wondering if they should be positioned fore and aft.
EG: for ballast reasons.
Next, is the issue of keels. It has none --- bad idea.
This boat has a stern engine
room with twin Perkins
T6-354's in it connected thru Walker V-Drives turning 24"x22" x 4 blade wheels.
I want to weld protective keels under her for obvious reasons, but am not sure how long these keels should be.
You are All probably wondering what is wrong with my head
by now, to take on a project
Well ther are 2 Reasons --- this hull
is built completely of Stainless Steel- outside and inside. The hull
welding and finish is impecable. It has very nice lines for a steel
boat. Built in 1968--- NO RUST.
The Power trains --- Perkins
--- all that needs to be said.
So if some of you could please reply with helpful input, or any other input for that matter, it would be greatly appreciated.
Hope you don't mind me asking more questions in the near future.