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Old 18-04-2016, 05:33   #16
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Re: Sailboat as Cargo Carrier

There are two photos in the "engine on deck" album. Don't know why I can't post them here.
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There are two photos in the "engine on deck" album. Don't know why I can't post them here.
Your post count is to low iirc you need 10 posts to post links and pictures.
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Unsure where to post this question as there's no section titled "How to Sink Your Boat," so I'll just put it here...


The Challenge: Transport a 287 kg (631 lb) engine from Malaysia to Thailand (140nm as the crow flies) aboard a 36' mono hull.

Here's the engine in question:
betamarine - Engine View

And the boat:
TOSCA 36 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Currently thinking we'll either secure the new engine in the cockpit or on the fore deck (in a cradle of some sort) - depending on final measurement of engine and said locations.

Curious if anyone here's ever attempted something like this - and if so, what lessons you might have learned? Beyond that, looking for humorous comments detailing our position on the idiot spectrum!
My guess is youre picking it up around Langkawi? Yes? Its only about 6 hours by car from Phuket to Langkawi (Satun Ferry) . It might be just as easy to do it overland.
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Old 18-04-2016, 06:41   #19
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Your post count is to low iirc you need 10 posts to post links and pictures.
Thanks newhaul, I already thought I am too stupid to do it!
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My guess is youre picking it up around Langkawi? Yes? Its only about 6 hours by car from Phuket to Langkawi (Satun Ferry) . It might be just as easy to do it overland.

Yes, sure, but you have to pay $$$$$$ at the Thai customs for importing the engine. Nobody cares when you bring it on your boat, normally! Langkawi island is dutyfree.
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Don't forget the comment on the compass, likely it will be unusable.
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Old 18-04-2016, 07:39   #22
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I've hauled heavier loads further, but loaded them below deck, keeping an eye on the CG...watch the trim and redistribute other things accordingly... If you only get it in the cockpit fine but I would worn against the foredeck. 140 nm isn't far and a weather window prediction would be fairy easy....pick a rood one and figure 1 to 2 knots less speed overall for your float plan. secure it well and enjoy the passage. I assume you've already arranged to import papers?
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Place it on a mini barge and tow it, bad weather will effect your righting on deck.
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Quote: "Given the size and weight of the beast I don't think it'll fit through the companionway, nor do I think we could wrestle it down into the boat."

Precisely!

Like el pinguino sez: This engine - palletized and crated - doesn't weigh a lot. It'll be the equivalent of having a crew of three well-grown men in the cockpit at all times. Just secure her in the cockpit, which is fortuitously and conveniently a centre one, and pick you weather window. 140nm should take no more than 30 hours under power.

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Re: Sailboat as Cargo Carrier

If it's not attached to the boat will there be import duties on it?
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Vac seal it with a huge food saver bag, toss it in 300 Yeti and tow it like a dingy. Yeti might make it worth your while it successfull.
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Take it apart a put the bits in boxes, spread weight low down and central.
Largest item will be the block and should be a two person lift.


Easy to re-assemble.
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Don't forget the comment on the compass, likely it will be unusable.
Are we still using compasses?
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Are we still using compasses?
You laugh, but I do have a distrust of things electronic, so I do in fact often look at the compass.
I was flying from Ft Pierce FL to Liberia Costa Rica in a Crop Duster.
Somewhere in the middle of the Gulf, I noticed the GPS heading and the Mag Compass disagreed, so I turned one way then the other. GPS never changed a bit, it was frozen. I couldn't even turn it off, I had to remove the battery and reinstall it for it to work. (Garmin 396) an excellent GPS, quality stuff.
That was probably ten years ago and I still occasionally use that GPS, it has never done that again
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You laugh, but I do have a distrust of things electronic, so I do in fact often look at the compass.
Ah, I was just kidding, I'm right there with you. I may be the last person using paper charts and a hand bearing compass. I was in a shop last year asking about a Walker Log and I was just about laughed out of the place. I'd still use my RDF if it worked!
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