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Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

A Fisher 46, one of twelve made for work in the North Sea and a boat that typifies the term Old Shoe, came into our shop for much work. This thing steers horribly when docking and takes about 200' of radius to turn, IF you can get her to turn at all.


Here's a profile shot:







The shot of her stern shows just how much she needs to go on a slimfast diet:







My Daughter's first thought was of the "Titanic" when she saw this prow:







This damage is from grounding on rocks for over four hours. More than thirty layers of glass eaten through and still she floated.






That gash is more than four inches deeps. This old girl weighs in at 62,000 Lbs. and needs a bow thruster desperately. We have a ton of work to do on her....
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Now THAT'S a pig!
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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

one word Charles...... BEAUTIFUL.
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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

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Now THAT'S a pig!
She might not be fast but that is a boat built to travel.
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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

Fishers are cult boats in the UK and elsewhere.

Owners just love them to death. Insult them at your peril.

Be prepared for death threats and voodoo dolls with peircings !

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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

I'd hate to cross her bow too closely in anything other than the Abraham Lincoln...
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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

Definitely on the "motor" end of the motor- sailer spectrum, Fishers are still a boat I covet for cruising, especially the Catfisher catamaran. Not pretty, not quick, but four season all -weather comfortable.
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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

Sure has a small rudder!
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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

Charlie,

I (we) always look forward to your photos and text ... thank you for taking the time to share what you and your crew are doing.
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Re: Heavy duty cruiser come into the shop...

Wow, what a boat. There are several Fisher's in Friday Harbor and I know one of the owners pretty well. They love her, and accept her failings and enjoy her strengths. They cruise north when they can. It is easy to see why they would have a passionate following. Old school reliable.

My vessel is more a sailing type than a Fisher, but is roughly in this class. I know that I am perfectly happy and safe being out in the Straits of Georgia with a 30+ knot SE wind on a beam reach, when virtually no one else is around. Having been in those conditions a few times on a chartered Hunter, OMG what a difference. Those flat bottomed floating condos are great for parties and holding drinks, but when the sea surface is clapotis and the wind screaming, give me something meant for rough seas.

Wish I were able to get up to Bellingham to see her out of the water, and to see what you do for her! It is true that one of their struggles is having a rudder much too small in comparison with her keel length.
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