Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bronze Portlights with Stainless Exterior Trim Rings?

Like all of the earlier tugs, at least through #42, Hull #20 has bronze port lights in the stateroom, head and shower. The port light's trim rings, on the outside of the hull, are stainless steel. Strange that a bronze port light would have a stainless trim ring. Was this done by the yard to match the stainless of the other windows (the five wood pilothouse window frames excluded)? Did the earliest tugs have bronze trim rings? Did the yard make the stainless trim rings? 

12 July 2013 update: Bob Allnutt, Victory #2, just confirmed that his stateroom, head, and shower port light exterior trim rings are bronze.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Saloon Window Spacings Differ--A Lot!

This drawing below shows the white space (gel coat), in inches, between the dutch door and the windows on hulls 2, 31, 63, and 66. The earlier tugs have less space between dutch door and the first salon window. I believe the spacing was increased in later tugs so that the teak window valance (inside the tug) would span the entire window.


Elevation (side profile) of a 37' LNVT. Pilothouse to the left. Measurements (in inches), on the outside of the boat, of the white space between the dutch door and the first salon window, the space between the windows, and the space between the last window and the end of the salon.
Hull #Door to Window #1Window #1 to #2Window #2 to #3Window #3 to back of Pilothouse

Friday, July 5, 2013

Rusty Water from Ballast Appearing in Bilge

Here's an interesting one.  After painting Nellie's bilge from the bow to the engine room bulkhead, and while Nellie was still on the hard, 1/2 ounce of brown fluid magically appeared in the bilge.  Funny, it hadn't rained, and the fluid was no where near any hoses. The fluid has no obvious odor.  Wipe it up and the next day there's more in the same spot.  I suspect water has found its way into the keel and is mixing with the iron ballast, explaining the rust color; changes of temperature force it up and through small cracks in the bilge's fiberglass.

Need to talk to Tommy Chen about the 3000 pounds of ballast he placed in an LNVT's keel: was it iron; the shape of the pigs; was anything poured around it to keep it from moving; etc. Does he think water could accumulate around the ballast, and if so, any ideas on how to drain the water?

The rust-filled fluid which seems to be entering via hairline cracks in Nellie's bilge.