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    Default workboat conversions

    built in 1972 in russia as a 'hydrological research vessel'
    some people read that as 'spy ship'

    in 2011 converted to yacht by finnish yard Laivateollisuus

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    She still looks like a spy ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dutchpp View Post
    She still looks like a spy ship.
    She still is, OOPS
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    Carry a nice daysailor on that foredeck and I'm in.
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    just cover it in smokey plexiglass and chrome with big elliptical openings. I think it looks great but it should have a drive on drive off ramp for the racing Mini’s.

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    More my speed. Radiant Star has been moored at Skyline Marina in Anacortes for several years; she doesn't seem to be getting a lot of use.

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    this clan buchanan? pretty epic
    surely you have some passed down stories to tell, no?

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    Paul, that really is a nice looking conversion and a very nice change from the ugly megayachts we see here from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    this clan buchanan? pretty epic
    surely you have some passed down stories to tell, no?

    Better yet, my historian cousin wrote an article about the trip, which involved a mutiny

    http://www.lawesterners.org/wp-conte.../bi_285_v1.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    built in 1972 in russia as a 'hydrological research vessel'
    some people read that as 'spy ship'

    in 2011 converted to yacht by finnish yard Laivateollisuus

    This is what the crusty old lobsterman and harbormaster from Block Island, Bo Gemp, would call a 'man's yacht'. Back in the eighties, he used to spend the winters as captain of a similar private yacht, and spent his summers on Block Island, lobstering and being the harbormaster in the Great Salt Pond.
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    A smaller conversion of a salmon troller:

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    I have never seen a conversion that kept so much of its rigging! Keeping the poles is pretty common, as they often tow otterboards to control the roll, but keeping the boom and the gear on the stern is unusual, in my experience. I could probably find a dozen conversion on the docks in Prince Rupert, but none with that much of the gear left.

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    Carrying the hydraulic block on the boom seems a bit much

    (ok maybe they pull the occasional recreational crab pot or something)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    More my speed. Radiant Star has been moored at Skyline Marina in Anacortes for several years; she doesn't seem to be getting a lot of use.

    radiant-star.jpg

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    I am a huge fan of poles and paravane stabilizers. They work, they are simple compared to hydraulic fin stabilizers, and they are only in the water when needed.
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    Halcyon is a very nice boat, especially down below. But Iíve never understood the need to keep all that gear. Itís a bit overkill for fishing for dinner while cruising. The stabilizers maybe, but the rest just destroys usable deck space in very short supply on one of these converted trollers. I have Snooseís stabilizers and original mast and boom at home in the back yard. The stabilizers might be nice occasionally when crossing the straits, but they would require the full mast and stays which would limit precious deck space.

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    If a 1960's Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker counts as a work boat:

    Bart Roberts 5.JPG

    Initially called the 'Narwhal', she was converted into a pirate-themed expedition yacht and renamed 'Bart Roberts' sometime around 2002.

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    She's normally anchored off our sailing club, and we often use her as a wing mark on beer races. Her helicopter deck extends quite a way back from her transom, it's always worth remembering to leave enough room when passing behind her for one's rigging to clear it as the mast pops upright in her wind shadow - but races can be won by getting it just right...!

    Bart Roberts 6.jpg

    Whilst the pirate theme would perhaps not be one's first choice, it's certainly different from your normal, run of the mill superyacht. She's probably quite a fun party boat.


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    They work, they are simple compared to hydraulic fin stabilizers, and they are only in the water when needed.
    They do eat fuel. On one boat I was on, they knocked off one knot at cruising speed. That was 12 - 15%.

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    Bart Roberts would look a lot better w/o the helicopter deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robm View Post
    They do eat fuel. On one boat I was on, they knocked off one knot at cruising speed. That was 12 - 15%.
    That's true. I suspect that stabilizer fins on the hull also cost fuel. With paravanes you only deploy them when you need them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    More my speed. Radiant Star has been moored at Skyline Marina in Anacortes for several years; she doesn't seem to be getting a lot of use.

    radiant-star.jpg

    Came from Scotland around the Horn, just like my great grandfather on the Clan Buchanan in the 1880's

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    Aye, and this is what I expected for the op.


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