The DELFIN...

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  1. Sean Herron
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    Sean Herron Senior Member

    Hello...

    An extremely rare steel Romsdal...

    This little voyager and her refit amounts to two years (and a bit) of my working life...

    This is a proper little ship...

    SH.
     

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  2. Quicksilver
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    dream cruiser right there. gorgeous. I absolutely love it. Met a couple in Florida with a similar design.

    what motors?
     
  3. Frosty

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    I like it too she is lovelly.

    My first impression of the photo is however that the travel lift must be struggling a bit and there looks like there's a lot of weight on the back sling there.

    But very very nice.
     
  4. Loveofsea
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    you could go anywhere in the world with that and i hope you do~
     
  5. Sean Herron
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    Hello...

    Yes - this little thing is pretty much a go anywhere floating fuel tank - with reserves...

    It is steel - it is heavy - it is real...

    I managed to get an old 1964 blueprint from the owner and have posted my own efforts at restoring same in the gallery...

    Tough work...

    Anyone want to see the inside cabinet work - the carpenter is standing in the salon doorway...

    SH.
     

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    "Romsdal", that's a valley in Norway :)
    Nice little ship.
     
  7. Sean Herron
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    No - a fjord - I think...

    Same thing I guess - just full of seawater...
     
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    I don't want to start an argument, but "dal" = "valley".
    Romsdalen = Roms valley.
    Outside that valley you have a fjord, Romsdalfjorden, "fjorden" = "the fjord".
    But I agree, when you fill a valley with water you get a fjord :)
     
  9. Sean Herron
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    Thanks...

    Hello...

    It is useful to clear that up - and you are the person (native) to do so...

    Thanks - any info. you might dig up and translate into English regarding these boats and their builder would be appreciated...

    Cheers...

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  12. Sean Herron
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    Thanks..

    Hello...

    Thanks for your work - go mix a drink and tend your garden now...

    I intend to do same - I have done enough work today ...

    Thanks again...

    RELAX now...

    Cheers...

    SH.
     
  13. Tad
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    Sean,

    Nice work, I'm happy to see the vee jointed overhead, not so happy with granite, no-fiddle counters, but it balances out. At least there's no nasty deckhouse expansions.

    I have a feeling the Romsdal Shipbuilders title was mostly a marketing tool. There where at least three separate lines of yachts built in Romsdal and based on fish boats. There where the early wooden double enders, these later steel boats, and then the wooden Malahides, four of which where originally built in Romsdal and completed in Ireland. I attach several Sea Magazine adds from the early 60's, one showing launching a wooden double ender in Romsdal, note she was built outside under a roof. I'll bet the steel ones where built the same way.

    The old drawing is a nice thing to have, too bad the original designer's name is gone. Only thing that bothers me is the slight hump in the sheer aft, I'd like it to have a slight hollow instead.

    All the best, Tad

    Romsdal1.jpg

    Romsdal2.jpg

    This is my most recent effort to capture a similar feeling and style in a simple modern package. She's a 40' by 16' flat-bottomed plywood skiff, for living aboard in the gulf islands. Power can be outboard or inboard, or a tiny tug.

    powerskiff4.jpg
     
  14. kabyak
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    I was interested to happen on your Romsdal 55 drawing. I first encountered these boats via a 52' version that was listed on the east coast and featured in Passagemaker Spring '98 issue. I understand there to be a 55 in Anacortes,WA and another somewhere in BC. Is the owner you refer to of either of these boats?
     

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    I believe your Delfin may be a Romsdal 55', twin to (and of) the Torsk (class) built from a Peter Varney design, possibly in the Hagen shipyard by Knut Hagen.
     
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