I've just purchased a U.S. Navy 26' motor whaleboat. For those of you who are not familiar with this craft, it is a double-ended, fiberglass, open whaleboat powered by a Perkins 4-107, 50 HP diesel. They are very stout
and are a good platform for conversion to a variety of purposes.
Conversions I've seen include a harbor taxi, a general open workboat with
a boom derrick, cabin cruiser ala Albin 25, 'heavy water' sport boat with enclosed aluminum pilothouse/cabin and as a motor sailer.
Mine is still as delivered from the Navy- including almost a 1/4" of gray paint in some places- must have been some really bored sailors. ;) The
motor is in poor shape but I have a line to all needed parts and would be doing the work myself, so that course of action would be affordable. I'm also interested in other, more modern power plants that have been
installed. I'm in Port Townsend, WA and we have lots of heavy tides and currents. I know that even shoehorning a 6-71 into my boat won't get me
more than 7 to 9 knots but I *do* want a surplus of power so I can make
good time in all conditions that a boat of this type should be out in. The 4-107 gives that extra power and I don't think I would be interested in
the 15-25 HP engines that I have seen transplanted into these boats.
My question is this:
If you have or know of these boats, what conversions and results have you observed? What types of motors have been used and to what end?
Jeffrey E. Benedict *firstname.lastname@example.org * -----------------------------------------
"Hey foo', shuttup wityer jibba-jabbah.
I ain't got no tahme fo' no knucklehaid
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