Archive for the ‘Boats’ Category

Keith Black Hemi Engines

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A Hemi powered race boat gets respect. If it is a Keith Black Hemi engine race boat an entirely higher level of respect is given to the racer. In Hydroplanes and quarter mile race boats, a Keith Black Hemi is considered a top contender.

Keith’s first marine Chrysler V-8 Hemi was built in 1956. Black built this, his first Hemi, for his team of Black, Hallett and Greer for their 7 Litre Hydroplane. That boat, SEVEN GRAND, set a competition record of 86.455 MPH. Black’s Hemi made 375 Hp running alcohol through its fuel injection system.

Chrysler Corporation wanted to get more marine business for their Hemi engines. They made Keith Black the man to develop their marine Hemi. Black also made the engines for the Unlimited Hydroplane Miss Chrysler Crew.

Hydroplane Seven Grand

Hydroplane Seven Grand

He used two blown 426 Chrysler Hemi engines in the  Miss Chrysler Crew. Note, two Chryslers are only 852 cubic inches in displacement, against the 1700 cubes of the converted aircraft engines, used at this time frame in the Unlimited Hydroplane boats.

Miss Chrysler Crew Hydroplane

Miss Chrysler Crew Hydroplane

The Miss Chrysler Crew Hydroplane was a 40 % bigger version of the Miss Crazy Thing Hydro, which had one Hemi engine. Both boats were designed by Henry Lauterbach then of Portsmouth, Virginia. Henry designed a 29’ 2” long hull with a beam of 11’ 10”. Most other hydros were longer, up to 35’ in length.  U-77, her racing number, was also lighter by about 1,000 lbs. She also had a non-trip chine on the inside of the sponson. This allowed her to slide more in the turns. The engines and their Casale gearbox weighted in by about 300 lbs lighter, compared to an WW II aircraft engine and its gearbox. U-77, Miss Chrysler Crew won the UIM World Championship Regatta in 1967.

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With this inside track relationship at Chrysler, Black expanded into quarter mile drag boats and cars. The GREER-BLACK-PRUDHOMME  quarter mile land dragster in the early 1960s had a 236 wins to 7 losses. Greer, a successful machinist, and Black, the premier drag boat engine builder, proved the perfect match for PRUDHOMME to the young Van Nuys, Calif. driver.

Drag Boat w/ Black under a hat

Drag Boat w/ Black under a hat

 

Regal Marine / Volvo Forward Drive / save $35,000

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Wakesurfing will be the talked about tow boat sport next summer. Perhaps the right boats is one with a Volvo-Penta Forward Drive or spend about the $35,000 more in my headline above and get a Inboard Ski Boat. Both put the prop under the boat. There it is safely, far away from the water sports participants.

 

Seabuddy hopes that a boat buyer, when his family begs for a good Wake Surfing Powerboat for 2016, gets them to sea trial both a Volvo Forward Drive Boat and a Inboard Wake Surfing Boat. Should Dad say that the Volvo powered boat saves enough of the family fortunes that an extra new car can be purchased?

 

Here, I match the Regal Marine 2100 RX Surf Edition with a Volvo-Penta Forward Drive for a 50 MPH package, which makes it a faster boat than the inboard. Plus, instead of the engine/transmission, shafting, prop, strut and other underwater hardware from many sources, like the inboard does, all of this driveline comes from a single source (all from Volvo).

 

OF course, the $35,000 is a number I picked and until two boats are priced head to head, the difference is just a estimate.

 

Wake Surfing is done at 10-12 mph and surfing right behind the boat, riding the wave created by the boat’s wake.You only use a ski rope to be pulled up to this speed, then it’s a surfing ride only on the boat’s wake. No bindings on your board, no rope to pull, so one can do this for hours.

 

The Volvo Forward Drive is essential to make the right wake and do so safely or you need to get an inboard ski boat. The Volvo puts the props far forward under the hull, about 26’ compared to most outdrives. That is a big difference. Plus, Volvo makes the props “Pull” the boat, not “push” as with other drive trains. This matches up with a IPS Volvo system that has been out for years now. The exhaust does go back, under the water with the Cat cleaned up exhaust going into the wake. In the Regal this model also has an extended swim platform. Anyone in the water around the stern is well away from the props.

 

Get the 300 Hp Volvo-Penta engine that Regal picked with the prop set and reduction gears to get the best performance. Seabuddy understands that they studied, tested, and specified for the best performance around Volvo’s three reduction gear choices and six stainless steel prop set choices, that are just for this new Forward Drive. By the way, each set has a front prop and rear prop and are shaped differently from other Volvo DuoProp sets. They have their own part numbers.

 

On a sea trial try the around the marina and float maneuvering behind the driver’s seat and say “this package is easier to control” than what I am used to. All that drive her admire how well the package moves around in the water.

seabuddy's photo from the Miami Boat Show introduction last Febuary

seabuddy’s photo from the Miami Boat Show introduction last Febuary

 

uncovered at the Miami Boat Show last Feb.

uncovered at the Miami Boat Show last Feb.

 

 

 

Evinrude / Brooks Stevens styling study

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Seabuddy focuses here on one design study / prototype for Evinrude, or OMC. These six photos show the same model from different angles to communicate all the aspects of this boat idea.

Stevens’ followed a design concept-“instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary” This was done both internally for the Evinrude leadership and for the public at a boat show to make a crowd in the Evinrude booth and, of course, in Evinrude engines and boats that one bought at boat dealers.

Seabuddy was one of those Evinrude dealers in his four boat stores in southern California earlier in his boating life.

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Stevens worked for many big manufacturers, including Miller Brewing, the Outboard Marine Company, and Harley-Davidson. It was in 1947 that he unveiled a design for a new train called the Olympian Hiawatha. That train was outfitted with a spectacular glass-enclosed observation car called the Sky Top Lounge. This train was one of the last of the great “streamliner” trains that ran across America. He had helped to shape approximately 3,000 products for about 600 clients over the years.

Stevens’ followed a design concept – “instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary”

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His approach to a design was like that of many other industrial designers of his era. Soon after he was engaged to design a product, he would usually do some sketches. These rough ideas would have the basic lines of the new design and get across the main theme of its look and function. From this stage to the next he would turn it over to one of his staff designers, who would take his sketch and make a “rendering” or drawing of it. Brooks Stevens would bring it and maybe alternative ideas / sketches to his client. Finally, a three-dimensional model (either scale or full size) was made by one of Stevens’s specialist modelmakers.

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He did work for Miller Brewing, car company Kaiser-Frazer, Studebaker, and 3M. But over and over it should be noted that through the course of his career, Stevens’ relationship with Evinrude (OMC) was always strong, partly because he was a personal friend of Ralph Evinrude.

Seabuddy was introduced to Mr. Evinrude in FL at a Evinrude outboard / Cobra outdrive dealer event

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In closing, here is something off a marine topic. He designed the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, What a designer!

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Bertram Yachts is going First Class

 

54 Bertram Yacht

54 Bertram Yacht

They have retained the noted Maine boat builder, Lyman-Morse in Thomaston to build its prototypes for its initial designs.  This effort is under construction there and will be announced at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show this November.

A grand launching for this first model is planned for late in the spring of 2016. A second prototype is also under contract with Lyman-Morse and may be announced at the Miami Boat Show in February, 2016. Both boats are designed by Michael Peters and will be capable of speeds higher than 40 knots. Bertram production personnel will be in Maine, working alongside the regular crew at Lyman-Morse as this early stage of re-making the storied brand of Bertram Yachts.

“The most impressive part of what’s going on with Bertram is the team that has been assembled around the resurrection of the brand,” says Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. “They are tapping into the existing customer base and are listening to captains and Bertram owners, and getting a lot of feedback. I think we can lend a lot of ideas, and it’s going to be a really fantastic partnership for us to be able to support them and work with a great team.”

 

Bertram Yachts is continuing to work toward setting up a state-of-the-art production facility in the Southeastern part of the U.S. to build american boats from the designs of the Sarasota, FL firm of Michael Peters Yacht Design using Caterpillar diesel propulsion. Peters firm has done sport fishing boats from 23’ to 78’ for a variety of production and semi-custom boat builders.

Company founder Dick Bertram—yacht broker, bluewater sailing racer, and offshore powerboat racer—built and raced the first Bertram, the 31-foot Moppie. ( Moppie was Dick’s wife’s nickname). Storied sportfishing boats ranging up to 80 feet long followed. Bertram 28, 46, and 54 were successful designs that made their mark in the fishing world.

It was in 2015 that Bertram Yachts was acquired by a group headed by Beniamino Gavio. This boatbuilding entrepreneur and avid boater is also involved with Baglietto and CCN and is committed to returning this iconic American brand back to its roots.

www.bertram.com

Photo from Galati Yacht Sales of  used 54 Bertram powered by twin1,700 Hp CATS that propel her to 40K at WOT.

Cobalt Boats, under 30’

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Pic shows their 296 Model.

Seabuddy was a dealer years ago for Cobalt Boats with his four retail stores on the west coast.

She has a LOA of 30’ 2” with a permit required for trailering beam of 9’ 5”. Cobalt Boats offers this model in single and twin engine choices. Depending on how one checks off the various choices she sells for about $150,000 new.

All Cobalt boats have their graphics in their gelcoat, a special barrier coat between the gelcoat and the fiberglass layup, Kevlar reinforcement in their hulls, no wood in their structural components, and a unique warranty with special five year engine-drivetrain function coverage among other covered components. Go to their web site and read about their special engine-drivetrain warranty details. You will be impressed.

http://www.cobaltboats.com/our_boats/296/index.php#.VgVxGctViko

Tempo VI race boat and Guy Lombardo

guy lombardo driving in Tempo VI

guy lombardo driving in Tempo VI

This racer was built in New Jersey. Owned and driven by Guy Lombardo, she won the APBA racing Gold Cup in 1946. This boat was a part of the way from stepped hydroplanes to three-point hydros where the boat rides on its front sponsons and either the aft tail end of the hull or on the propeller. Tempo VI was not a prop rider, she is of the earlier tail rider style, but newer in design than a stepped bottom hydro that had been popular in hydroplane racing before this. That final evolution came later in time and in other boats. Thus she is the middle of the evolution of Hydroplane bottom design, but clearly leading the way to our current Hydroplanes in the way they get their speed.

Guy Lombardo, it would be fair to say, got more publicity for boat racing in the general press than others as he was a public figure leading his band (The Royal Canadians) during the era when that music was popular. Lombardo lived in New York state (he was born in Canada and a naturalized US citizen) and held outdoor concerts on the South Shore of Long Island. He hosted full scale Broadway plays there with his band as the orchestra. He arrived at the show driving up in his mahogany cabin cruiser and the fans loved it. He would begin his performance by leading his band in its first song with him in its cockpit and then disembark from the boat to finish leading for the rest of the night’s performance.

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His 41 foot cabin cruiser (also named Tempo by Lombardo) was triple planked in Honduran mahogany with over 52,000 screws and rivets.  He bought her used in 1941 from Jules Stein of MCA. Stein had her custom built in 1935-36. She was powered with twin Packard “PT boat style” airplane engines, similar to unlimited hydroplane engines of the 1950s – 60s. The fully equipped cabin cruiser boat ran as fast as 60 MPH with Lombardo at the helm. This classic boat has now been restored.

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The Tempo VI race boat shown here was also bought used by Lombardo. She was built in 1938 for Zalmon Guy Simmons. He raced her. But, Guy Lombardo improved her and won races with her and made a mark in racing history for his efforts.

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Hatteras Yachts Coming Out

Hatteras Yachts’ new fisherman / Convertible. She has a LOA of 70’ 6” with a beam of 21’ 4” for this one. Others are coming over the next twelve months. She will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, look for her at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center C Dock 335-335H .

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Boat builder’s comment…”With the new GT70, the Hatteras design team focused on creating a standard convertible that also embraces the celebrated style and performance that launched the Carolina legend. Reflected in the characteristics of the GT pedigree the GT70 has sleek long lines, the unmistakable bow flare and tumble home transom.”

More here… http://www.hatterasyachts.com/boat_gt70.html

Marine Racing Duesenberg W-24 Engine

Horace Dodge, Jr. liked fast boats and Unlimited Class boat racing. He hired the Duesenberg Brothers Racing (Augie and Fred) in 1925 to design, build and deliver two of these W-24 marine engines. The W shape was made up from three double overhead camshaft straight 8 engines all going to a common crankshaft. There are the right, center and left banks of 8 cylinders to this engine.

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Mr. Dodge Horace Dodge Jr. (son of one of the Dodge Bros.) wanted this new boat racing engine for his racing activities. Besides racing he also was a production wooden boat builder (starting in 1923). His production boats were called Dodge Watercars. His first factory was in Detroit, MI. But, he is known for his Newport News, VA factory that he had built to his design specs and that opened in 1930. That business closed in 1936. Its building is now the home to the Mariner’s Museum.
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Two Duesenberg W-16 engines were delivered in the summer of 1926. However, the success of these engines came much later. That racing engine last win was with Dan Arena who drove one of his boat designs (Notre Dame) to First Place in the 1940 President’s Cup. Along the way, these engines had different owners, were installed in several racing boats by those engine owners, and had several famous racing engine experts work on them, various carburetor set-ups (both in number and throats of each carb), and supercharging. Starting out at around 450-475 Hp in the later 1920s, the final supercharged engine made 850 Hp at 5,000 RPM in 1940.

Engine specs for the W-24 Duesenberg were 623 cu. in. with a bore of 2.875 inches by a 4 inch stroke.

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Ibex is important for the Marine Trades

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All the new ideas and the networking opportunities within the Marine Trades will be at IBEX, coming up.

Show’s quote” Thousands of new products, advanced processe, and impressive innovations will be on display at the 2015 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, Tuesday, September 15 through Thursday, September 17. This year will bring together marine industry professionals to view the latest innovations and technology from over 550 exhibiting companies.”

 

Seabuddy will be there… will you?

 

Hornet II, a special Gar Wood boat

 

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Words © Chris (Seabuddy) Brown

29' Gar Wood wood boat on lake Tahoe

Stepped hull

Gar Wood designed and built Hornet II with a wood hull and deck. Her owner, Henry J. Kaiser, owned Kaiser Construction companies—which at that time built huge dams and roads, domestically and internationally—kept his Hornet II racer on Lake Tahoe. The story goes that she lost a race on the Lake, and Henry decided his boat needed to be re-made lighter to win in the future. Henry ordered a new deck and it’s rumored that Howard Hughes (of Hughes Aircraft) got involved in making the new deck and the deck’s aluminum framing. The top of the boat hull was replaced with a unique deck, cockpit, and tail fin constructed entirely of aircraft aluminum. Those replacement metal changes were in place on the boat for the 1939 racing season. She now won her races!

metal deck wood runabout

ready to race again

Who did Hornet II race against to launch the aluminum deck frenzy? A boat named The Mercury. “Originally named Cigarette IV, (The Mercury) was designed by pioneering marine architect Frederick K. Lord and built for L. Gordon Hamersley of New York City. Design and construction began in 1925. The boat was constructed at Brewster Body Works, a coach and auto body manufacturer in Long Island City. (they built automobile bodies for Rolls Royce).
“The double-ended, mirror-like hull is made from duraluminum, which is heat-treated polished aluminum. 979 pieces of duraluminum were fastened with 14,250 rivets, 7,087 bolts, and 238 screws; no wood was used in construction. Length overall is 35 feet with a beam (width) of 6’ 6”. The original engine was a Curtiss Conquerer built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company of Garden City, New York. The V-12 produced 625 horsepower. Constructed even before aluminum skinned aircraft technology was developed, this is the first all-aluminum race boat ever built. Most of her wooden competitors weighed in at 5 or more tons, the Lord/Hammersley contender “weighs only 2,000 pounds wet.”

Since Henry Kaiser was an industrialist, his companies made Liberty Ships and also got into the steel and aluminum businesses. He had a home on Lake Tahoe and liked race boats. He also was the owner the racing boat that Ted Jones designed, the unlimited hydroplane Hawaii Kai in the 1950s, among other race boats.
The Hornet II boat was “built by racer Gar Wood, is a 29.5’ stepped-hull hydroplane built around 1930. Anthony Mollica says only 10 hydroplane hulls of this length were built by Gar Wood between 1929 and 1934.” Gar Wood’s “stock” lengths were 33’ and 28” Baby Gar models.
Over the years Hornet II had a variety of engines. Listed here are two. “A Packard 1237 Model 1A-1237 V-12 aero engine restored for Hornet II. She is No. 4 of 55 manufactured beginning in 1921-1922. And It is the only one known to exist. The stock 1A-1237 engine was reported to produce 450 Hp (max at 2400 rpm), weighed 1168 lbs, and cost $8000 in 1922.”
But, that engine is not in the boat. Hornet II got a Rolls Royce Meteor V12 engine. “The 27-liter (1650 cu in) Rolls Royce V12 Merlin engine was first developed in England The Packard V-1650 was a version of the Merlin built in the United States By the end of the war this “little” engine was delivering over 1,600 horsepower (1,200 kW) in common versions, and as much as 2,030 horsepower (1,540 kW) in the Merlin 130/131 versions specifically designed for the de Havilland Hornet. Ultimately, during tests conducted by Rolls-Royce at Derby, an RM.17.SM achieved 2,640 horsepower (1,969 kW) at 36 lb. boost (103″Hg) on 150 octane fuel with water injection. First Packard-built engine, a Merlin XX designated the V-1650-1, ran in August 1941. Total Merlin production by Packard was 55,523.”
The restoration of the boat hull, metal deck, and engine went well, if the substitute engine is OK with you. BTW, The high level of finish on the deck was done using the Evite system.

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