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Old 05-11-2009, 09:58   #16
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:04   #17
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Thanks guys.
You're right David....there are no stability curves. I’m looking forward to using the formula you posted.
I'll do some investigating on inclining tests.
You can see from the lines that these are narrow boats relative to their length.

The material and equipment are for the construction of a radar site and a local control center on the island of Miyun in the middle of the straights of Bable Mendab at the southern mouth of the Red Sea.

The material is varied….aggregates and cement, rebar, masonry blocks, terrazzo floor tiles, form material, 40 meter high tower (to be assembled), doors and gates, water tanks, and lots and lots of electronic equipment.

This is one of several sites, but the only one not accessible by land.

When we finish we may use the boat to help support a small hotel we have on the island of Socotra…its about 250 miles off shore.
Hi James,
I was just thinking, after you figure out what loading is safe, you may want to paint your own Plimsoll marks plus forward and aft trim marks on the hull.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:20   #18
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Yeh Scott time is short...were traveling on the 26th for a week and are hoping to have her launched before we go.
HOPING!!

Plimsoll lines....hadnt thought about that...thanks David.
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Old 07-11-2009, 21:20   #19
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So...you need some electric?
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Old 07-11-2009, 22:41   #20
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Hey Charlie
I'm sure I will...but want to wait and see what they supply with the boat.
At this point nothing is installed and they don’t have details in writing.
What I do know is that the alternator is 24v and I'll most probably be needing a DC/DC inverter to get to 12v for the ICOM SSB and depth inst.
Not sure if it’s enough info to put one in the mail....if it is, consider the trigger pulled.
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24/12 VDC Converter...Done.

Need an electrician to go with that?
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:45   #22
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Thanks Charlie
I wish I could have some electrical help...as it stands now the plan is to pretty much use it as it comes and hope for the best until I have more time.
If it doesn’t burn up in the next 3 months I may give you a call.
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Need an electrician to go with that?
Ya...Im thinking he really really...needs an excavation contractor too...
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But seriously...He really really really needs a Machinist on board...right James???
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According to the captains I've been interviewing I need an engineer as well...guess you don’t get much for a $350 a month captains salary....that’s about $50 more a month than the Excavators and Machinists get.
I guess I'll need to brace for the flood of CVs.
It is encouraging to know that so many of you are ready to help ;-)
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Just back from the Dhow.

They've got the new hold opening cut out of the deck and will now trim down what’s left of two bulkheads before adding 16in high combings.
You can see the 6in thick insulated core of the deck...hull sides have 4in.

Also started to install a 20ft stringer on each side of the bilges to help distribute the weight of some concentrated loads...like carrying a car would present.

The dingy’s out of the mold and they’ll start glassing in the flotation chambers and bolting the wood “fenders” around the gunnels…and some lifting eyes.

I've been whacking up (more like hacking up) some of the mast and boom hardware and hope to have them ready for paint next week.

The deck is covered with bits of carpet to protect the gel coat...its not as rough as it looks.....but it is rough.

I spend way more time looking for stuff (then coming up with alternatives) than actually working…the market is not full of boat stuff here in the mountains of Yemen.
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Looking good James.
To quote Muhammed Ali, "it ain't bragging, if you can do it"
The dinghy has nice lines.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:08   #28
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Thanks Blue Stocking
The dingy was a stroke of luck..I found the mold in the "back 40" mold grave yard.
All the rest of the molds were for long skinny open boats with the really high bows like this picture.
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Funny they build boats yet have no real Chandler to speak of.
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