Discussion in 'Downeast Projects and Boat Building' started by traditions, Mar 11, 2018.
Oh have we heard, 4 days before scheduled launch date
He went with the 500 ZF. Almost had a Twin Disc as a replacement last week.
Traditions, if you have a chance, would you mind sharing some pictures of the boat running? If you like I can send you my email if that is easier?
I will. We hope to launch next weekend. Cat has a 2 day sea trial set up. We usually launch at our place, but they want us to truck it to Rockland .
We got her outside today, and got the antenna mast up. Looking for a Monday launch.Alot of odds and ends to tie up, they seem to be more time consuming.
What a Beautiful boat. Like to know how those lifting rails work out. Looks like a good idea.
Looks great Best of luck with the launch.
I see a lot of those type of antennas on commercial boats, what kind are they and do they get better reception being thick like they are?
I believe those are just extensions and the antennas have not been mounted yet. It looks like there is a threaded end at the top for the base of the antenna.
Those are Shakespeare big stick antennas. They are 10 db for long distance, and as far as I know , the only 10 db available, at least around here.There is no top , that's the way they are. We haven't had the best luck with Shakespeare stuff, but its what's available. I can usually talk to them from my house when they are 30 miles offshore.
Are you still trucking to Rockland for the launch?
No trucking.We are going to launch here, they wanted to truck it to Rockland , in case of any mechanical problems . We have to steam right there once it is verified that the correct RPM is achieved with the wheel , so sea trials can be done. They are coming down to do the start up this morning, and make sure all systems are working. Its a very detailed sea trial that takes 2 full days to complete.They ran the engine on the dyno for over an hour when it was updated.
Is the seatrail included with the sale of the engine or is this an added expense? Is the cylinder liner issue the reason for the extensive seatrail?
Jerry, normally the initial commissioning of the engine along with sea trial is included in the price of the engine to confirm engine is installed within all specs and to confirm warranty.
It depends on the dealer selling the engine whether the sea trial is prepaid at sale or paid when it occurs. I have only prepaid for sea trials on the Volvo engines, all the other engines were paid after the sea trial was performed.
You are right Bryan. Different dealers do different things with engine sales. I would prefer not to include it. I have seen a builder not have there stuff together so what was supposed to be a 3 to 4 hour seatrail turned into an 8 hour CF. The dealer eats that time. I can see if the dealer is the yard that the boat is at and did the install. But if it is a remote repower the cost should fall on the customer. But in Traditions case a 2 day seatrail? 16 hours at ? per hour?
Jerry, the sea trial was in the cost of the engine. Cat is very picky on their seatrial, and the two day is standard. The cost was north of 3 thousand, but if you want the warranty, that's the way it is. We don't know what they are going to do as far as the liner recall, but I hope they make it up with a good warranty extension. He has a brand new boat with essentially a rebuilt engine . The boat should have been launched 3 weeks ago, and we found out 4 days before the launch date. You basically build the boat around the engine in a boat like this, and it sucked to have to cut apart a new boat. Shes going to get wet tomorrow afternoon.
Really you want the checks and balance between the boat builder and the engine manufacturer, it is in your best interest as the owner of the boat to have the 2 parties looking over each others shoulder. The last thing you want as an owner in the end is the builder and engine salesman pointing fingers at one another. There has to be accountability for all aspects. With the cost of engines and new builds it is worth every penny to pay up front before the boat is delivered to the new owner.