Saturday, March 9, 2013

Updated Boat Photos

I've been asked for more photos of the outside of the boat, including the keel and rudders.  The only photos I have are from when I first painted the bottom in February of 2010 in Bridgeport, CT, but here you go.

Twin rudders (before painting).

Port side prop.

Starboard side with stabilizer

Starboard side.  Look how long the keel is.

Starboard side stabilizer (that fin sticking out from the hull).


And here are the original photos I posted in February, for your convenience.

Disclaimer- our boat doesn't really look this good.   We live on it, with three dogs.  What Pam and I did was to clean the clutter out of an area, photograph it, and then put all our stuff back.   This is what Drift Away would look like if normal people owned it.

Dinette area, aft end of main saloon

We kept the teak on the aft deck because it doesn't leak.  It should be recaulked at some point.

Across from the dinette facing aft.

Galley. That's a small convection oven on the shelf.

An Origo 110v two burner stove.

Small apartment sized 110v frost free refrigerator.

Port side across from the galley.  You can see the vents for the reverse cycle A/C.

Stairs from the aft master stateroom up to the main saloon.  The engine room door is to the left.

Naiad roll control gyroscope for the stabilizers.  This was an expensive piece of gear in 1980.  
Over $50,000.

Two Filter Boss Systems.  If filter #1 started to clog, an alarm would go off in the helm station where I can flip a switch to change to filter #2.  Since installing  the fuel polishing system with a pickup tube 1" off the bottom of the tank, this hasn't happened.  This is $5,000 worth of equipment, not counting installing it.

Starboard side stabilizer.

Three zone reverse cycle air conditioning units.

Sentry battery charger, just repaired last week.  According to the mechanic, one of the best you can buy.

Central vacuuming system.

15 kw Onan generator under soundproofing.  2,920 hours.

Many spare filters.

7 1/2 kw Onan generator.  147 hours.

Main helm station controls.  A couple of the gauges need to be replaced or repaired.

12" Simrad touch screen chart plotter.  All Simrad electronics new in 2011.  You can see the broadband radar overlay on the chart.

Simrad AIS, class B, transmits and receives ship information.  This was really useful in fog on a river when we could see a barge on the AIS, but it was around a sharp bend and the radar couldn't see it.  This also overlays on the chart plotter.

The only original instrument, the depth sounder.  

Helm station.  Drift Away comes with charts and cruising guides for most of the east coast.

Naiad and generator controls.  The white rectangle under those are tank level gauges for the water and waste tanks.

The decks have just been painted with white non-skid, one coat.

Foredeck.  Big Ideal windlass, 80 pound Manson Supreme anchor, 200' 3/8" chain.

Seat behind helm station.

Washer and dryer under the helm seat.

Kenmore dryer.

Kenmore washer.

Ice maker, new in 2012.

Junk Store room.   I converted the forward stateroom to storage. 

Diesel heater in the main saloon, new in 2010.  We haven't used it since we left Virginia.  We may take it off the boat if the new owner doesn't plan on wintering anywhere up north.  It kept us warm and toasty in Stamford's cold winter, even when temps were well below zero.

Master stateroom looking forward and starboard.  A 32" TV fits on the shelf.  The settee should be reupholstered.

Master stateroom looking aft.

Master stateroom looking forward and port.  There's some water damage to the paneling behind the fan on the shelf by the port.  There is also a couple of soft spots one on either side of the head door.  I hit it with epoxy and put plywood and carpeting over the one in the bathroom three years ago and it's worked so well that I forgot about it until updating this page.  The one outside the door just has a small piece of plywood over it.  I had planned to put plywood down on the entire stateroom floor and carpet it.

Master stateroom head.  This toilet only pumps to the holding tank.  I have the Y valve if you want to convert it back.

Standup shower behind the curtain.

Flybridge.  The Morse controls are broken, but I have a brand new $500 replacement in a box.  Most of these instruments don't work.  New 8" Simrad chart plotter to the left.

Bimini new in 2011.  Left to right is the AIS antenna, Simrad radar, and TV antenna.

13' Boston Whaler with 40 HP Evinrude.  We last used it about a year ago.  The electric hoist works too.

Grill with propane bottle.  The 8 man liferaft is most likely no good.

Georgia DNR came and assigned a hull ID number to the Whaler, which is from about 1970.  It's registered in Georgia, as is Drift Away.

New mahogany console and ignition switch.

Middle stateroom head.  This only dumps overboard so it's shut off and not used.

You can see water damaged paneling below the deck prism.

This is the worst of it, water damaged paneling at the foot of the stairs outside the middle stateroom.  I planned on just overlaying new paneling over the old, probably wainscoting.  You may decide differently.

Middle stateroom looking starboard towards the head.

Middle stateroom looking port.  This needs all new paint and paneling.

Middle stateroom looking aft.

Forward head.  This one has a Y valve to pump either overboard or to the holding tank.

All of the serious money has been spent on this boat.  To my knowledge, all the systems are now in good shape.  Drift Away got us from Stamford, CT to Albany NY and then all the way to Brunswick, GA.

What's left is mainly paint and paneling.  Make no mistake, there's a lot of work to be done, but not that much money really if you're handy and can do the work yourself. 

Asking price is $79,000.  If you have any questions, would like to talk on the phone, or would like to see Drift Away, email me at adkdave "at"  

Update 3/18/2013- A frequent question is the condition of the iron fuel, water, and waste tanks.  This is a valid concern, because the old iron and steel tanks on these old boats would rust out and could be very difficult to replace.  This is not an issue on Drift Away because it has fiberglass tanks.

I've also been asked for the specs on the boat.   They can be found both on this page and "a bit about the boat".  There is also a search function at the top of the blog where you can search over two years of blog entries for anything.

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