The "Live-Anywhere" Boat - Construction, Part 2

The boat was finally rolled over on July 14, 2005.

Now there is more room for people to work on her, and the mechanics can start in on their work of outfitting.
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September 1, 2005
Here are a few shots of the boat in her proper attitude. It's still hard to get overall shots, but we get closer to how she will look in the water.

A bow-on view.

And from the stern -

Standing on the foredeck (not yet welded down), looking aft at the trunk cabin framing. Looking down through the pilothouse deck into the engineroom. One of the day tanks is in the starboard aft corner.
A closer view of the starboard tank. The wire running across the picture is a DWL (Designed Water Line) reference.

The port engineroom fuel tank and the lube oil tank next to the ladderway down to the aft cabin. The "ray gun" is an inert gas welding gun.
Looking through into the forepeak that will one day hold 2 pipe berths for grandchildren, a workbench, and storage.
In the aft cabin looking aft at the transom and the watertight steering machinery compartment

In the saloon, looking aft toward the engineroom bulkhead. On the right are the precut openings for the watertight door to the engineroom and the companionway to the pilothouse. On the left some hydraulic tubing runs are already being laid out.
The 6-cylinder Cummins engine is being prepared for installation. Here it sits on wood mock-ups of its beds. A view of the main hydraulic pump which will be installed (along with some other pumps) on a "sled" ahead of the engine. Now the engine has been set on its beds, and here is a view looking down into the engineroom through the pilothouse deck. Just ahead of the engine is the main hydraulic pump.
Looking Aft from the saloon through the watertight door at the engine and hydraulic pump. A view of the engine from aft. The corner of the watertight door can just be seen. A few of the parts laid out and ready for installation. Here are some pumps, the steering cylinders, and some of the Roxtec modules, among other things. And here is the hydraulic fluid tank, the water heater, mufflers for the main engine and generator, and the compressed air tank.
A shot of the forward half of the boat. And the after half.
The forward port corner of the engineroom. The racks here will hold batteries in fiberglass trays sos they are secure but open to the air to keep them as cool as possible.

Now (late Oct) the main deck and trunk cabin are completely tacked in place, the pilothouse deck is finished, and the engineroom is almost ready for the acoustic insulation crew to go to work. This view shows the trunk cabin side.

A view of the very robust watertight door leading to the engineroom. The stepladder is where the ladder to the pilothouse will be.

  Dec. 8: There has been a lot of welding and other work in the last few weeks, but little that would actually show up in a photo, but this is changing. Here the main engine is being aligned to the shaft with a dial indicator, much easier than the old method of trying to insert feeler gauges between the coupling faces.
The after deck has been set in place -- and it fits perfectly. There is lots of welding to do yet, but the boat is now finally closed in except for the pilothouse. The rudder has also been shipped, and it moves very freely, an indication that it is aligned correctly. The bolted coupling on the stock allows the rudder to be unshipped easily for shaft maintenance. Elsewhere in the shop other parts are being fabricated. Here we see some stailness steel exhaust system parts -- the curved dry riser and the water-injection section. The tiller arm, now bored to suit the rudder stock and steering cylinder bolts, is also visible (the two shafts in the middle belong to some other job). This is the dual primary fuel filter for the main engine. Dual filters are important; if one becomes clogged we can switch very quickly to the second by moving only one valve handle.
January, 2006 We are getting down to details now. The acoustic insulation of the engineroom is almost complete and piping systems are being installed under what will be the saloon sole.
One of the two bower anchors. These are sized according to the rules of the American Bureau of Shipping and weigh 176 lbs (80 kg) each. The rules assume that a ship will have to lie to her own anchors in winds of up to 70 knots.

Looking forward along the port side. The sheer cap is in place,as are the bulwark frames.Except that there is no mast yet, this is very much how she will look. The hydraulic windlass in place. This windlass has wildcats for 2 qnchor chains and a warping capstan on the top. Forward of the windlass, the bow pulpit is beginning to take shape. Here we are looking down into the watertight steering compartment. Visible are the top of the rudder stock, the rudder port, the tiller arm, and the two hydraulic rams that actually steer the boat.

March 2, 2006 The pilothouse is being assembled, and finally she looks more the way she will when completed. Ironically, the pilothouse has to come off again after it has been welded together because the boat is too high to go over the road with it in place. We expect to move the boat in about 2 weeks from the fabrication shop where she was built to the Lyman-Morse Boatyard proper on the St. George River, from where she will be launched when complete
It's still not any easier to take pictures here, but we can get a general idea of the pilothouse here, with it's angled windows and rounded corners.

This shot shows the bow, essentially finished except for the rubrails and anchor rollers. Dave Wyllie did a really nice job on the handrails at the break in the sheer and around the bow.

This is the view forward from the pilothouse windows. The boxes for Dorade vents have been set in place but not yet welded down. The other box-like structures are spigots for the trunk cabin ports waiting to be installed. The forepeak looking around the corner of the chain locker at the bow thruster motor.

March 30, 2006 Moving day has slid backward, in the usual way of such things, but the required permits have been obtained for April 13th, so that date looks pretty good. Assembly and welding of the pilothouse is almost complete, and meanwhile below decks the engineroom insulation is finished to the point that most of the systems can be installed. Today Dan was working hard on the cabin sole beams while Scott welded in port spigots and Dave, in addition to directing everything else, worked on the stanchions and rubrails. Don had the major exhaust components in place and was working on the fresh- and salt-water systems.
This shot is like one just above, but the light is better and the "eyebrow" has been added to the pilothouse, so the forward exterior of the boat is essentially complete. The rolls of shiny acoustic insulation have disappeared into the engineroom.

This view gives an idea of the sweep of the sheer as seen from the port quarter. The waterline will be just below the large pipe that is the exhaust outlet.

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