Dose any houseboat enthusiast outthere have detailed plans for houseboat pontoon construction for loading capacity of 35-40 metric tons for river cruising. Location: Melbourne Australia Steel Pontoon Design Do you have design details for large commercial steel pontoons 20 meters length with approx 35 metric tonne displacement for 2. Like I said I don't have detailed plans for your request, but I have some experience in pontoon design or houseboat design and I can make detailed plans for you.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. At the end of July, crewed by Ron and Celia Swan and Peter Heard, we went across on the popular LTSC Meet to Cherbourg and St Vaast. Being of an independent frame of mind I set off a day earlier than the rest on Wednesday 27th July, just to check that Cherbourg was still where it used to be, and to leave Thursday free for enjoying the town. We left almost on time at 0700 on the Wednesday, a day of the flattest calm, and had to motor the whole way. Thursday we mooched around Cherbourg in the sunshine, and in the evening after the others arrived we went with Rick Underhill and his crew Chris Everitt and Chris Barr and had a good meal in La Calle on the Place de La Republique. St Vaast was pretty full, as perhaps can be expected when a Meet takes place on a weekend which leads right up to 1st August and thus the French annual holidays. All the other LTSC boats left on the Sunday morning, but the weather was set fair for another couple of days, Ron had managed to postpone his various Monday meetings, and so on Selene we lingered on until Monday morning and had a great Sunday lunch in Les Fuscias whilst we were at it. Monday was again flat calm and apart from a couple of hours in the afternoon we had to motor the whole way back to Lymington. The next bit of distance was the Weymouth Meet on the Bank Holiday weekend of 27th - 29th August, after which we went down to Dartmouth for a couple of nights. Eventually we brought up alongside Jim Seya€™s Second Rebellion in the Cove, on the port hand side where the Weymouth Harbour authorities had reserved plenty of space for the eleven boats that attended. Unfortunately our location in the Cove had caused a certain amount of controversy over the air waves. The rest of Saturday was spent relaxing, and with a pontoon party on and alongside Second Rebellion.
The next day a pre-lunch visit was made to the recently renovated Royal Dorset Yacht Club, where we were all to dine that evening.. On the Monday morning most of the fleet left at an early hour to return home, leaving only Mike and Andie Smith in Merryl, and us in Selene, both of whom were proceeding to points west around Portland Bill, Merryl to Lyme Regis, and Selene to Dartmouth. Before departure we decided to fill Selenea€™s fresh water tank, and we were taken aback when water started to come up through the cabin sole!
Once the bilges were reasonably dry again we set off past Portland Harbour down to the Bill and the inshore passage. We continued across Lyme Bay, sailing until the wind dropped and headed us, and catching up Merryl who then tacked and went across our stern on their way to Lyme Regis. Bank Holiday Monday was supposedly the last day of the Dartmouth regatta, and I was concerned about finding a decent berth, but when we got past the Royal Dart Yacht Club and the lower Ferry, there was plenty of room on the visitors pontoons at the Darthaven Marina at Kingswear. So on Tuesday we had a nice lunch together in a real pub-style pub called the Market Square Inn, Mike departed, Peter, Robyn, and I played Pool, and then we all went our separate ways for the afternoon.
We left the pontoon at 0631 on Wednesday and were alongside in Lymington at 2230, having reached Bridge Buoy at 2114, one minute earlier than my pre-departure predicted time. I am running out of suitable photos, so here is an easy one (anybody with good examples please feel free to send them to me!).
So on Tuesday we had a nice lunch together in a real pub-style pub called the Market Square Inn, MikeA  departed, Peter, Robyn, and I played Pool, and then we all went our separate ways for the afternoon. Connect the two straps from each of the Y-strap support systems to the tow hooks at either end of your boat. If straps are rubbing seats or any vinyl part, place a towel or cloth underneath to prevent unnecessary wear and chafing of the vinyl material. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0Both comments and pings are currently closed. Make your own quick and easy zip tie & ply mini boat - maximum fun for the least money! Intro, Braving the elements?I'm entering this build for the 'brave the elements' contest as this project has enabled me to get out there and experience the elements in my local environment. I have recently finished building a cedar strip canoe, and had barrels full of thin, small pieces of cedar and ash left over. Spring was just starting to arrive in northern Minnesota, and after a long winter, I was getting anxious to get back out into my little wood shop and start another project. Salt water, sunshine, and thousands of miles on a car roof rack can shorten the life of any boat. I have a 13-foot kayak and a crowded garage, and horizontal storage (using a pulley system intended for a bike) was problematic. This Instructable will describe the construction of a heavy duty milk jug raft built out of recycled materials and capable of supporting over 700 lbs. Have you ever stood on the shore and looked out at people boating and wished you could be out there too? This Instructable documents how I built a small sailing boat out of a mussel float, and advice on how to build your own!
Today we're going to do a very quick, but functional, repair on a broken hand caned seat in a canoe. I tried to build the lightest and cheapest (~150€ total material bill) sail-boat I could come up with.
I've been wanting to combine my two favorite hobbies - woodworking and sailing for a long time, so I thought I'd build a boat. I set out to make a simple rudder that did not cost the typical $250 but at the same time was a bit more effective than a plank on a stick.
Browsing Imgur one day I saw some guys that made a duct tape canoe, and decided to try my hand at the same. Michael Heath-Caldwell M.Arch - HMS IllustriousFeb - March - April 1948 Diary  This is a secret document during Hostilities. The EGO semi-submersible boat is a vehicle designed and manufactured in South Korea by a company called Raonhaje. Powering the EGO are a pair of thrust vectoring electric propellors, one mounted on each pontoon. 1200 sections are usually hexagon or octagon design formed out of two sheets of 1200x2400 mm sheet ( 3mm) galv steel.
Not that there was much of it in the first place, but at least I managed to put some water under Selenea€™s keel and catch up on my early season lack of distance. Cherbourg I always feel is a good place, plenty of things to look at, lots of bars and restaurants to enjoy, and a general sense of je ne sais quoi. The next day when the crowd arrived I discovered the one problem with having a full Class B, transmit and receive, AIS system as opposed to merely a receiver.
On this occasion, aided by a favourable tide, we had enough wind to sail, and we dropped sail just before the final mark into St Vaast, Le Gavendest, in nice time for the lock, having logged 9.5 knots over the ground on the way down. After a few abortive attempts to find a finger pontoon in the areas we were supposed to go to, I spotted an English yacht complete with drying washing rafted outside a Dutch yacht on a hammerhead, and asked if we could come alongside. It was a bit misty, and in the usual way it thickened to about 200 metres visibility just as we approached the East-bound tanker tracks. This time my crew was Peter Heard and Robyn Bolam, plus Michael Knowles who was the organiser of the Weymouth Meet. This worked fine - the Cove these days has a proper pontoon with electricity and water on it, and it is further from the pubs etc on the other side, which on a Bank Holiday weekend are very noisy with loud music blaring.
Michael Knowles believed that in organising things he had booked specific berths on the starboard side just below the Harbour Office, and he called them on Channel 12 from Selene as we came in. Their club house with its distinctive pitched roof can be seen behind the stern of the motor boat in the photo. During the dinner I did as I had been instructed as LTSC Cruising Captain, and thus, supposedly, a€?the senior LTSC Officer presenta€?, and conducted an exchange of Burgees with the RDYCa€™s Rear Commodore, Ben Harris. We had had a previous occasion like this when Meandering, when we discovered that the inspection cap on the water tank was unscrewed and the tank had overflowed.
There seems to be an advantage in doing this on a Bank Holiday Monday in that there were far fewer lobster pots than the last time I went that way two years before, presumably because the fishermen were in the pub having a Bank Holiday treat with their wives. RT conversations about possibly meeting up in Brixham a couple of days later were made redundant by a subsequent change in the weather. If you decide to go to Devon (where better?), time your departure appropriately for the tide, take care about the weather, and just go. Dartmoor, behind Torbay, tried its usual trick of pretending to be nearby land when actually there were many miles still to go, but I was surprised to find I could see the Dartmouth Day Mark on Froward Point above the entrance from 20 miles away.
The Marina told me that attendance at the regatta had been well down this year, which they attributed to the lack of the Red Arrows after the tragic accident at the Bournemouth Air Show, and that those boats attending had simply waited for the fireworks on the Sunday night and then departed. There is a splendid view of the Royal Naval College towering above the Dart, and of Dartmouth itself.
My original plan had been to stay in Dartmouth at least until the Thursday, but a careful study of the likely weather using PocketGRIB on my iPhone and other tools showed this might be a bad plan.
We lost the tide just before Portland Bill, and I went inshore from 5 miles off the Bill, skirting the Shambles Bank, in the hope of cheating a bit, which looking at it since was probably a mistake, it would have been better to head out further still.


This time my crewA  was Peter Heard and Robyn Bolam, plus Michael Knowles who was the organiser of the Weymouth Meet.
They provide a tight tent-like shape ensuring that water and debris slide off of boat covers easily. Also view details on their Fishing Boats, Deckboat, Runabout, Utility Boats, and Jon Boats. Take a look at their Orion Series, Saturn Series, Cruise Series, and their Starfish Series. One thing I wanted to do was build a kayak cart for when there is a distance from the car to the water. Unfortunately by their nature they tend to be rather utilitarian and bulky looking and are not always very aesthetic to have sitting on your deck or dock. I live in a town which is surrounded on three sides by water, in the middle of a river estuary.
The pieces of wood were so small and thin I had been burning them in our patio fire pit just to keep them from taking up space in the garbage.
A hand crafted ultra-light weight or wooden canoe needs specific preventive care at least twice a year.
These big buttons let you do it even faster because you don't have to wrap anything or poke them through holes. It's always fun, whether you're putting around the cottage dock, paddling through white caps in the ocean or going on river trips.
We got an idea to make a sailboat out of items that we had around the house and bamboo that grew next to us. This project took me about four days working on and off and in a rush, so there were many corners cut and compromises made.
Although this is not the correct way to repair these seats, it definitely works and will get you through until you can buy a new seat or properly hand cane the broken one. Item's neededHot glue gunWaterproof led strip from ebay12v 6800ah lithium battery The project cost's $40 total.
When a regatta starts the box sounds the horns at predetermined intervals: 5 minutes before the start, 4 minutes before the start, 1 minute before the start and at the instant of the start.
It's a simple design where the boat sits inside of the loop and stays on by being pushed forward. The camp and canoeists were running into trouble keeping themselves dry while launching and retrieving the boats! The unusual vessel is basically a small boat with a two-person underwater cabin attached beneath.
It’s the same stuff used to make those massive aquariums you see in marine parks and zoos. They’re currently developing a four-seater version which should broaden its appeal as a tourist vehicle.
Amazing how one leaves an England full of constant media tripe and schadenfreude about Europe being in supposed chaos because of the Euro, how lucky we are (!) that we did not join the single currency, and other tosh. This was the first time I had had the chance to use my all-singing, all-dancing, AIS system in anger as opposed to merely practice. When they told him we were in fact in the Cove, a rather protracted on-air conversation resulted about the difference between reserving sufficient space (which they had done) and booking specific berths (which they do not do). The Royal Dorset is now affiliated with LTSC and is a nice place to drop in for a drink if you are in Weymouth. At that time I had assumed that somebody had for some reason removed the cap and not replaced it. I used to keep my boats in Devon until 1985, and, after I moved base to the Solent, getting back to uncrowded Devon and Cornish waters, family on board, for the summer holidays was the regular objective. I first got there, from Exmouth, in my own little 22 foot boat thirty-four years ago, and the thrill and beauty of the entrance past the Mewstone and the steep sides up to the castle until the town opens up remain just as exciting to me today. The passenger ferries run every few minutes in the summer, and for A?1-50 you can be in Dartmouth before you know it. The wind had already come round into the East, and Thursday looked like it could well be Easterly Force 6 (which in the event came true).
The tide turned fair again just after St Albana€™s ledge, and the sun set just after we reached Anvil Point, exactly as per my passage plan.
This prevents tears that result from excess pressure on the covers over time, the buildup of mold and mildew and other such problems. It was really beat up on the outside but the inside showed it had some good bones, ribs to be more specific. I have to look at the water every time I cross a bridge or pass a lake, and I envy the people I see on the water. You access the underwater bit via a hatch in the center of the boat, and climb down a short ladder. At cruising speed the batteries last for around eight hours, and at full speed you’ll run out of juice after four hours. The throttle control is via a foot pedal, with forward and reverse being selected with a simple switch, a steering wheel provides directional control. One then arrives in a France proceeding serenely along with its usual style, no sense of crisis, citizens always confident that if anything does go wrong they will take to the barricades and bring the Government down, but in the meantime lets all have another glass of pastis?
What a joy it is to be able to lock the vessel the system computes will come closest when it is still about 8 miles away, and thus get a bearing line on it on the screen, so that from then on a glance immediately tells you who is going ahead of whom.
And with a weather going tide it kicked up a bit from Anvil Point onwards, with quite a rough sea, breaking at times. This was essentially terminated because I was by then arriving at the Cove in any case, but I gather was resumed next morning in the Harbour Office. It is more complex than crossing the Channel because of the tides, but the principle is the same. There is no easy solution, no real port of refuge to break your journey, unless the tide is fair for the inshore passage, so you have to go for it. And you can watch the steam trains on the Dart Valley Railway coming and going - transporting the grockles across from Dartmouth to the train is one reason why the ferries run so frequently.
I did not fancy having to crash into that for 89 miles, wind against tide for much of the way.
Other than the fact that we essentially did it all under engine, the wind being bang on the bow and quite light, a satisfying passage. In this case, simply loop one strap through the other and adjust the length of one or both straps to fit. In the submerged section of the EGO are a couple of comfy looking seats, a steering wheel and an instrument panel.
A camera mounted on the upper deck provides a video relay to a small LCD screen on the instrument panel so the people below can see what’s happening on the surface. So everyone else thinks as it has been voted 'Most livable City in the World' for 2 years recently. This was the first time I had had Selene out for a substantial duration in the open sea in a strong head wind and any sort of a sea running, and I have to say I was delighted with her performance.
Forty minutes were spent pumping out using the fixed manual Whale pump in the cockpit, the automatic electric bilge pump, and a stirrup pump I carry (which is probably the most effective weapon of the three). There is nowhere to put into (except Weymouth which, if you are not starting from there, is a substantial diversion).
So on Tuesday evening I broke the news to the crew that we would be off at 0600 the next morning with the intent of making Lymington in one go on the Wednesday. This was the first time I had had Selene out for a substantial duration in the open sea in a strong head wind and any sort of a sea running, and I have to say I was delighted with her performance.A  With just one reef down in order to keep the boat moving I held a single tack close hauled from Bridge Buoy to past the SW end of Saint Albana€™s Ledge, about two-thirds of the total distance.
Forty minutes were spent pumping out using the fixed manual Whale pump in the cockpit, the automatic electric bilge pump, and a stirrup pump I carry (which is probably the most effective weapon of the three).A  During the pump-out the Whale pump once again failed by the diaphragm pulling loose from its mounting, so that will have to be changed for a different design! Oddly it seems, the EGO can only be controlled when you’re under the waves – which might make solo dockings an interesting and frustrating task! A digital depth sounder with audio warning tells the driver when the water is getting dangerously shallow for the craft to operate in. Poole, Swanage, and Studland, all of which I have used on occasion, are actually largely delusions. There was some chuffing from the oldest crew member, which reoccurred during the passage, that I a€?should break the journey and put in somewherea€? (Where??? If you are returning from Devon and have a tide which will be fair through Hurst, turning left at Anvil Point and proceeding up to Poole and finding a place to anchor saves you very little if anything by the time you have brought up compared to simply ploughing on to Lymington, perhaps 60 - 90 minutes at most. Devonshire.After and introduction to our “nurse” in the morning we were dismissed to look for our future divisional officers. Consisting of a circular brush made of wire and coir turned by an electric motor, the machine is operated by a pair of handles very much the same as an auto-scythe and cleans the deck up very quickly compared with the usual elbow grease methods in general use. The Commander (Air) says its just another of the new-fangled gadgets which are tried out in the ship; he doesn’t think its much good. Besides that he told us about trials in general and how the wardroom has to put up with these hordes of ?800 a year spivs who seem indispensable to aircraft trials if they are only screw turners.Lieutenant Wall paid the gunroom a visit in the evening.
Of course most people agree that something should be done and that this is one way of doing it, perhaps the best way.


We had a talk on the Air Department of the ship and its organisation by the Commander (Air). Very soon he started talking solely about the trials themselves and what our future programme may include providing nothing very unusual happens before we have had our repairs completed.I had the afternoon watch with Lieutenant Grayson.
Someone thought he was trying to wrangle more hands to bring the ships company up to a more workable minimum.If the officers heads (?) were not on the dock there would have been very little to do indeed.
As it was these officers streamed back during the ‘dogs.’ I found it was very monotonous saying “Carry on” or words to that effect when about fifty petty officers went ashore at ten minutes to four just as the last notes of (carry on [correction – secure]) and coops(?) had died away. At both watches for exercises the bugler made a very queer call which was apparently due to his instrument being blocked up, according to him.
The Quartermaster spent about a half hour explaining to us how the doctors discovered that his right kidney was not working and that he had a stone there which suddenly stopped growing. Most of the Wardroom was in the rounds party as it was a mess decks inspection and the route was not definitely fixed before hand.Read a very interesting story in Saturday Evening news called “This is my Sa” by Clarence Budlington Kelland. All other American serials seemed rather dull, anyway I never seemed to be able to read them through without skipping large and boring pages.The Government today announces that the prices of coal, electricity and gas will be pegged, as all other commodities, in order to check, or to attempt to check, the ever spiralling cost of living.
Hagannah announces that its forces will in future resist arrest by British forces, following an incident in which four Jews were killed after being set free in an Arab stronghold form an army lorry, and killed a few minutes later by armed Arabs. The congregation in the Chapel this morning was very small indeed, consisting entirely of officers. It is not at all surprising that clergy these days are very dispirited.Part of the dockyard power supply to the ship was cut off this evening and half the ship put in darkness. A lead coming aboard over the Starboard side onto the Lower Gallery deck overheated causing the rubber insulation to melt.
That mucked up my fire main chasing programme, however I had decided that the only way to make a plan was to draw a large seals layout of each deck first, then put in the main and branches later.
Spent at least two hours searching for pipes at the expense of a layer of oil and filth all over my hands and on my reefer.Reached the HMS Boxer by jeep just before tea. After tea we walked round the ship and paid a visit to the bridge where we were struck by its size and openness.
There we also noticed that the evening was very cold, so we decided unanimously to walk back to Illustrious and muster all our warm clothing.There are three Sub-Lieutenants onboard. To get the stern out we went ahead on a back spring then, when clear astern and round to Port. As soon as we were clear of the harbour we started directing planes from Ford and Lea-on-Solent.
It had been decided that a ship,which could direct large numbers of planes onto shore targets and enemy planes, should be built for fighting in the Pacific. This specialised ship, a floating Fighter and Bomber Direction Unit, was to be used within about ten miles of Japanese islands to direct planes from aircraft carriers which would be about 70 miles off shore in order to be less accessible to land based planes. Boxer was passing through the Mediterranean when Japan capitulated, on her way to the Pacific. The weather became rowdier still as we steamed up to the Needles to enter the West Solent and anchor off Yarmouth.
Nigeria is to be sent to the Falkland Islands where the Argentinos and Chileans are busy setting up a military base in the Falkland Island Dependencies.
Possibly it is Peron’s idea to direct his countrymen’s thoughts from internal affairs to something more dramatic. Nigeria will alter the situation when she arrives mainly because she is so heavily outnumbered and also because the distances over which the other ships would have to be send, are so great. The Argentine papers have been very insolent about the whole thing, the trouble is that they know or are pretty certain that we shall not be able to do anything decisive. We are all very glad we went back to the HMS Illustrious on Monday evening to take some more sweaters, scarves, gloves etc.
Today we were directing Barracudas and an Anson, which every now and again come in on a torpedo or bombing run at us. As we entered the Solent past Nab Tower we passed the black funnelled Dutch liner Wilhelm Huys.When being lowered, shortly after we had anchored, the Starboard Motor Cutter was nearly wrecked.
The sea was very rough, there being a high short swell, and when the boat was nearly lowered to the water, instead of slipping it was pitched up on a creast of a wave and flung down again onto the falls.
Started to snow in the morning and the wind, as usual, was Easterly and even colder than before.
The ship apparently handles very well.A jeep was supposed to be at the jetty to bring us back at 1630. Ministers are accused left, right and centre of making self-contradictory statements about the various nationalised parts of our economy. The Sunday Chronicle has a long article on the Falkland Islands incident headed “The Lions Tail,” with the Lion in rather an awkward position at present.
Illustrious .Spent the whole day going in and out of compartments on the Main Deck looking for the fire main pipes.
A rumour was started that the British had caused the outrage, and the Jewish crowds became very hostile to our men helping in the rescue work so that after a short time all British police and troops were withdrawn. In the Dogs it was returned alongside by a tug after going aground and getting stuck just off the pontoon at dead low tide.An escort was sent off to London [correction – to catch] by 1920 train to collect two deserters picked up by the Naval Section of Scotland Yard. The leave for the ship’s Company is from 19th March – 12th April for the watches in succession.
At Commanders requestmen(?) this morning six men were granted afternoon leave to watch the Navy-Civil Services football match. Sheffield has been ordered to Belize from Cartagena, Columbia where she was on her spring cruise.
Devonshire was ordered away because of reports that British Honduras was about to be invaded.
Just before lunch an airman rating was brought up before the Officer of the Watch on a charge of disobeying his superior officer, namely by refusing to sweep out his mess when ordered to by his leading hand.
Illustrious - Lectures on Divisional Matters and another lecture on Operation of Carriers were given by Lieutenant Commander Hamer and Lieutenant Turnbull. The latter’s lecture was mainly about carrier warfare in the Pacific and of course the accent was on flying, as Lieutenant Turnbull is a pilot.In the evening Few, Lemon and myself went ashore mainly to have our hair cut. The first barber’s shop was shut, and later when we came back after walking along the Southsea front we passed another shop which had also closed.
Today we had a more interesting time than usual.After Stand Easy a party of officers from all the services came onboard for an outing in their Photographic Interpretation course.
Illustrious was docked.Owing to the mist and cloud at the time of sunset we were able to see sunspots on the face of the sun through our telescopes.
Illustrious - Lieutenant Commander Hamer gave us a very interesting lecture on the Middle East. He explained the reason why it was so important to England and the Empire was because it was on our main East-West sea route, besides being a road between North and South. Jews will probably pour into Palestine, the Jewish part of which would soon be overpopulated, and then the immigrants would have no other course to take than to attempt to beat back the arabs by force of arms.
The Arabs have the advantage in desert warfare, as they know their country and have all the Moslem countries from which they can expect to receive modern arms and volunteers, to help in the cause.
The Jews may have a well trained and organised army but all their arms are supplied from abroad.
The help that is given by the American Government depends on the political parties in power and whether elections are in the offing, in which case the candidates in the Government in power will pander to the Jewish electorate. At present, however, the Americans can either please the Jews and endanger their oil pipe lines across Arabia, or dissatisfy their Jewish electorate but safeguard their oil, or, as they are doing now, make vague and noncommittal statements about their policy which generally annoys all the parties concerned.Trouble in our colonies has now spread to the Gold Coast where riots have broken out in Accra.
There, a native party, demanding self government for the colony, has incited ex-servicemen to agitate for better living conditions.
After a short visit at Salisbury I caught the Bath train which took me to my home town, Warminster. After waiting at the station for a car a little while the mist started to come down reducing visibility to about two yards.
Eventually I reached home after a hair raising drive, mostly on the pavement at the right side of the road. Saturday 6th March 1948Warminster - Another very fine day with clear sky and hot sun.
Both sides seem to be organising themselves for the time when British forces leave the country, in the mean time the position of our soldiers and police in Palestine becomes more insecure every day. Sunday 7th March 1948Warminster – The King and Queen and Princess Margaret are to visit Australia and New Zealand in 1949. The Navy is not as strong as it should be, and the Government has not exaggerated its state. Illustrious - School in the morning and Organisation, a lecture by the Commander in the afternoon. After a second long walk, it seemed very long carrying a heavy grip, we arrived at Hornet.Before Stand-Easy we were shown round the establishment, Gun Boat Yard, the two German E-boats there and several captured enemy craft, including one with a hydrophane attachment and an Italian explosive motorboat.
2012, a Long boat, called Dog boats by the officers on them.As we went past the forts outside the harbour in the Solent we saw an E-boat leave the harbour behind us. We were developing full speed, but very soon we were overtaken by the other boat which, we were informed afterwards, was only developing ? power.



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