Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by richardblufin, Apr 17, 2019.
Everyone made it home safe, that's all that matters. There will be other trips
Aluminum upper/steel hull. Spoke to fella that was involved in the const. of a similarly constructed well known SDLR boat & he told me on that particular boat there's a special longitudinal transition joint welded between upper & lower which actually isolates the different metals. But suppose any non properly insulated transition between house and hull (plumbing, electronics, jury rigs) will defeat the program. Can't ever be perfect as galvanic reaction occurs like it or not. Probably some UT in that hulls future. Metal pits due to electrolysis (ones I've seen pipelines) usually become somewhat cone shaped in cross section as the less noble metal is slowly sacrificed. What I could visually see, or importantly didn't see, on one plate side would be quite different from the other, What ever the cause, electrolysis is always a constant bugaboo on boats. I'm sure they'll address it and very glad the trip returned safely. Owners really stepped up there for all those anglers!! Hats off to Mark & Paul.
Yup. Mark and Paul put customers first and especially the multiple returning customers. It’s good for loyalty.
Now that's a good ending to the trip.
It's a tough financial spot for the owners. They refunded 80K in fares but still spent a bunch of money on fuel, food, bait, and crew salaries. Not to mention I suspect the crew tips were not the norm.
Tough business decisions. Glad to see they did the right thing. Not surprising considering all of the positive comments from people who have fished the boat.
why the hell would anybody use dissimilar metals on the hull of a boat?
no amount of dielectric insulation would stop electrolysis in seawater. is cost the reason?
did it rot under the zincs?
WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess my trip would have been cancelled anyway!!!! It's a great boat, and I'm really glad they did the right thing with the refund! I sure hope I can get on a trip next year..
Got to believe it's a weight issue (i.e stability at at sea). When first laid eyes on Indy, I was really astonished at the amount (height & bulk) of structure above main deck given the length & width. Generally, steel is 2.5 times the density of aluminum - imagine that all superstructure made of steel! Couldn't venture outside the break wall, much less pass CG muster. Look at the modern cruse ship - equally surprising at what's above the working deck.
I understand a big factor in not coating the upper works with marine paint/epoxy (or whatever it is) was also not to add the commensurate weight.
Am ready to be corrected, please!
I’de hate to jump in the water anywhere near that second location!
Maintenance and repairs.........it's all part of doing business.
I'm sure they are prepared for such things.
Didn't it just come out from annual maintenance?
Sorry your trip was cut short. I know how you feel. Tough pill to,swallow after all the prep we do. Glad the Indy stepped up and gave you a refund. Hopefully you can squeeze in a bluefin trip to hold you over to next year.
You want the house to be light to keep the roll and overall efficiency on fuel. High weight in the house, bigger roll. Heavier boat, more fuel. Not a Marine Architect, but guessing you need the resilience, strength & flex of steel in the hull.
Boats do weird stuff when you take high performance materials and douse them with salt water.
Clearly the crew was doing their jobs and professional.
Hey it is a Boat. Fix spend fix
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