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Old 22-03-2020, 13:02   #1
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Paddlewheeler on the Ponchatrain

Hi Gang

I am in process of purchasing a 52í custom built paddlewheeler, for restoration and Liveaboard! It is a small, unique community of sailors but they donít have a strong web presence, so I decided to join this forum as it seems to be full of likeminded folks!

Iíll be poking around asking questions and looking for advice. Here are some pictures of the old girl; named The Pelican. She's driven by a Perkins 6.354 to a Link-Belt gearbox.
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Old 22-03-2020, 13:26   #2
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Re: Paddlewheeler on the Ponchatrain

welcome aboard.
Looks like a fun way to enjoy isolation .
Have fun. Stay safe.
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Old 22-03-2020, 13:52   #3
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That's quite an undertaking!
Best of luck, and I'll enjoy watching the progress.
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Old 22-03-2020, 15:51   #4
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Looks like it could be a comfy liveaboard. What's her story?
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Cool. How does one steer a sternwheeler in close quarters?
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Old 22-03-2020, 17:50   #6
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Have you seen this month’s WoodenBoat? Story about a big paddlewheeler from mid 1800’s excavated from a field and what they found.
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Old 22-03-2020, 18:48   #7
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Re: Paddlewheeler on the Ponchatrain

WOW, we are in Slidell on Pontchartrain, where on the Lake is she?
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Re: Paddlewheeler on the Ponchatrain

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, 'Pelican'.
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Old 23-03-2020, 03:41   #9
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What does she draw?

and,

What does the hydraulic pump on the front of the engine provide power for?
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Old 23-03-2020, 09:17   #10
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That is awesome. As one who owns some smaller monohulls, I lust after the room she has. When does Sophia Loren move in?
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Thanks for the welcome all! I'll answer what questions I can, but I'm coming into this pretty fresh as well.

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Looks like it could be a comfy liveaboard. What's her story?
Built by Frank Crain from 1989 to 1991. He built docks and other marine type construction for a living, which explains the heavy running gear.

Apparently he built 5 or 6 of these in his life. I'm still trying to find more info.

Steering - Normally they are fitted with Monkey Rudders forward of the wheel, as well as main rudders. Apparently they handle great, although I haven't yet had the pleasure.

Wooden Boat Mag - I haven't seen it but am going to get a copy! Haven't read that in years but it was my favorite for a while.

LeoCat - It's over in Mandeville.

Draw - around 24". Hull is likely 4 feet deep.

Hydraulics - for steering. See picture.


Sophia - as soon as I get it cleaned up!
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Re: Paddlewheeler on the Ponchatrain

Paddlewheeler: Now that's what I call an engine ROOM!
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Old 23-03-2020, 18:08   #13
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Where's the calliope?
And the banjos.

A million years ago (late 50's) I was USCG stationed in NOLA, and occasionally took the Jackson St ferry to Gretna. It was amazing how the captain could lay that big paddle wheeler along side the dock and have the crew just step off and drop a line on the bollards.
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ok for some reason that just looks like a fun place to live to me! keep us posted
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Well, I don't recall seeing anything like that in Mandeville. I'll have to go over and take another look!
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