Wednesday, May 23, 2012

One Thousand Hour Check Up

Hull #1 had a great opportunity to stop in Washington North Carolina at Roger Brooks boatyard to have the first Eastport 32 ever build checked out after 1000 hrs of engine service!! The boat had spent the winter in the Florida Keys and then on its journey north she did the Miami boatshow, was race committee boat for the Farr 40 circuit, then race committee boat at Charleston race week. When she got to the boatyard in North Carolina all the staff were keen to see how she had fared since leaving the factory more than 4 years earlier. having done 3 tours in the Florida Keys and 2 trips to New England and countless trips around the Chesapeake Bay, the intial rection was that she looked great as Dick and Nick have taken great care of her. So with some gel coat nicks and new caulking here and there, a Compound, buff and wax on the hull sides and a fresh coat of bottom paint she looks like new. I am particularly impressed with the Flag Blue hull sides which look great all waxed up and shiny. Here are a couple of shots from the trip up.
Leaving the Florida Keys
Somewhere in the Carolina's: The thing to notice is the crisp clean caulk job on the tailgate, one of the cosmetic touch ups the boys at Brooke Boatworks did. Nice work!! Also nice to see dick Neville ran the boat all the way from Key West to Annapolis with no problems, other than a bit of a thumping in the lower Chesapeake Bay, I am told conditions were nice the whole way up. At 3000 RPM the Volvo Penta D3 190 HP engines push the boat at about 22kts with a fuel burn of 9.2 gallons per hour (2.39nm/gal)...Sweet

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Life is good on an Eastport 32

Anchored off a remote beach somewhere in the Florida Keys.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The adventures of 'Croc Dundee'

This Eastport 32 has had a fun winter in South Florida, serving as race committee at Key West Race week in January, then as show boat at the Miami boatshow, Race Committee for the Farr 40 event in Miami then some RnR at Lighthouse Point, then another race committee stint in Charleston for the fabulous event there and now returned home to the factory in NC for a little pampering and TLC before returning to the Chesapeake Bay.
Here is a picture of hull 14 in the mold, next step is stringers and interior fit out before we pop that one out to make room for the next one.