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My newest project

This is a new 43'er for a PNW client. The boat has twin diesels on sail drives. The builder is James Betts in Anacortes, WA. This is a custom project and what you see is what the client wants. But this image is a bit obsolete now. The hull ports have gone. The dink is off the housetop and the cabin trunk portlights are now all the same size. Details. Construction will be composite with epoxy.
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Re: My newest project

Looks very nice, Bob. Interesting customer request (I assume) to have the twin diesels on the monohull. Was the thought process enhanced maneuverability (saildrives would help, distance between screws would reduce moment arm though) or redundancy? Maybe it allows for two smaller diesels/less noise?
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Re: My newest project

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The idea is reliability. The client thinks that "if it is mechanical, it will break". I'll
use two small diesels that I have not chosen yet. Maybe a Beta 20hp with counter rotating sail drives. We'll see. And just to poke the dog with a stick,,,we might do the entire boat in carbon fiber. We'll see. Why? Because the client likes the idea.
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Awesome. I am guessing Mr. Lucky is ecstatic!
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Carbon fiber?! Wowzas. Hey, if I had that kind of cash, I would love to spend it on a boat as well.

Doesn't your client know the boat has these white flappy things for when the engine breaks? I understand the sentiment about the engines though, esp with sail drives.

That will be quite the finished product, looking forward to seeing it.
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Re: My newest project

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Yes, Mr. Lucky is very happy with progress. His last boat was a Cape George cutter and when we began I showed him Atkin's TALLY HO MAJOR and his eyes lit up. All that was left for me to do was to channel Bill Atkin and add my own touches to try and "modernize" the aesthetic and the performance. Carbon add around $40,000 to the build. The client just shrugs.
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Re: My newest project

The idea of composite is good news. The more we design it into our boats, the more it will enter our world. The price will reduce as the learning curve sets in. I have worked in the composite field for 20 years. Amazing product. The tooling brings the price up.
Again great news, take the composite and go forward.
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At this stage we are looking at Janeki to produce female molds. Same thing we did with the PSC 63.
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Bob, Janiki is a good group and they are close by to monitor progress and adjust quickly to minor (tiny) engineering changes. They were involved in the 787 build.
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Re: My newest project

Would carbon make a difference with all that wetted surface?
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