a little astray, but what could you do w/ a boat like this?

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by SinkingDream, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. SinkingDream
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    What good use could one of these old patrol boats serve?

    125' L
    24' B
    10 knt

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  2. chinaseapirate
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    The Pacific Hunter would make a nice live aboard/cruiser. I'd strap six outriggers beams on it, convert some of the living space to a 600cubic foot ice chest and wag (72) Filipino 22ft fishing bangkas on it out to the Benham Reef "hotspot". Then charge them $40 each for the ride, which would be about 50% of their fuel bill, otherwise if on their own. 2 or 3 day trip and they catch 8,000kg, return with perfectly fresh fish, and enjoyed two 12-15 hour trips rides. Easy sell.

    Poachers near Benham Rise pose threat to local fishermen: BFAR http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/03/30/17/poachers-near-benham-rise-pose-threat-to-local-fishermen-bfar

    This is an interview with A local fisherman (1/2 in English 1/2 in Filipino - both his 2nd and 3rd languages (probably- his parents could possibly have spoke two other dialects before he went to school). highlight of interview for me was when he said at 11:10 - rough translation- "If the foreign poacher's have a ship that catches a 1000kg the we need to defeat this with 1000 small bangkas which catch 10kg each". Since the "hotspot" is like 150 nautical miles from shore (i dont know where " the hot spot" is) they are spending an awful lot of fuel compared to paying for a ride. And they are motivated to go there. They are losing a 2 billion a year (more than likely IMO overestimated or maybe in Phillipine piso
    not dollars) to foreign vessels.

    Do it for expenses only if "profit" is not "good".

    Strange how how the other two patrol boats share the same, almost exact wheelhouse. Can't think of any use for them as they would have much larger engines and horrendous fuel bills.
     
  3. SinkingDream
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    LOL

    Yep, they're all the same. Or were to start. They built 33 of them in 1927. So they are practically brand new! Guessing there are 5 - 10 still around in various states of (dis)repair.

    Estimate fuel consumption at 2 gal per nm, maybe 1 1/2 if you crawl. With a tail wind? Or a couple head sails?

    Hey, maybe cut the pilot house down and convert one to sail. Buy canvas instead of diesel.

    SD
     
  4. Massi88
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    Looks really nice. Recently I have read some article about old Egyptian minesweeper that has been rebuild into the super-yacht. That was really impressive. As long as you have a reliable hull and ton of money, you can do pretty much anything. Well as long as you don't get ripped of by manufacturer. I mean... look at this, what the actual...?
     
  5. PAR
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    As to your origional question about what you can do with one of these, read go slow while sucking fuel like crazy, compaired to a similar, modern vessel. This is after you've patched, hammered and replaced much of the plating.
     
  6. chinaseapirate
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    I don't know about that. Someone already raised the deck. Its posted speed limit is 10 knots. I didn't even recognize the ships as the same model since any warship has to be going 20knotss or so. 20 gallons/hr at 10 knots is sucking fuel like crazy?
     
  7. PAR
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    Shown above is the General Greene class patrol boat. They carried a crew of 20, were 125' LOD, about 24' beam, drew about 8' and displaced about 230 tons. Two 850 HP eight cylinder diesels, pushed this puppy to about 12 - 13 knots on a good day, with a cruise of about 8 knots. When decommissioned in 1968 and had her armament, etc. removed, they were re-powered with two 300 HP units. These were marginal designs when commissioned (1923?) and had many handling issues, not to mention fuel consumption, though in US Navy service not as much of a concern. Some escort duty in WWII, though mostly intended as a rum runner in the 30's, she eventually fulfilled her role as Coast Guard cutter and research vessel. These were sold Guatemala, in 1976, but later seized by the USCG for drug smuggling.

    Not a lot of value, if found floating today. The plating would need some serious repair, at the very least and this still doesn't address the short comings of this antique design.
     

  8. chinaseapirate
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    chinaseapirate Senior Member

    PAR you are flat out wrong on this. Why do you disagree with the OP?
     
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