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 Post subject: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:16 pm 
Well, I guess I should show you guys my father's little project. Currently identified under the codename "Next Weekend II" as his first project (S.L. George H. Sandin) was codename "Next Weekend" after many, "When is she going to be done?".. "Oh, next weekend probably."

Anyway.. It all started with the longing for something bigger. We initially wanted something in the 50ft range, but after taking a ride on the 56ft former German Harbor Poletzei (sp?)pinnace "Burma Queen" (When she was still in Oakland, CA), we decided that 50ft-ish was much too big.

Around the same time(1997), we asked Dick Vennerbeck if he knew of anyone with a "big" engine for sale (we were coveting the compound in the San Francisco Maritime Museum, but that was MUCH too big), and sure enough he did. We were put in contact with a gentleman in the California "bay area" and ended up purchasing a French "Calparede" compound (6"&10"X7") which had been sitting in his garage for the past 15 years or so, ripe with black widows and such. My father then proceeded to restore the engine, all the while looking for a suitable boiler and hull.

I wish I had a "before" picture on my computer...

(when I was about 14 or so playing "engineer answering bells"):
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Later (around 2000), he found a suitable boiler in Santa Rosa, CA. It is a 3-pass horizontal firetube boiler made by the Kiwani Boiler Corp. (200sqft/hs)

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A few years later (2003), a week after the B&W Steamboat meet, my father, Larry Cardoza, and I went up to southern Washington to look at a steel tugboat hull (40'x12' overall). She was half full of water and had a few spots that obviously needed repair, so naturally he bought her and had her shipped down in the spring or summer of 2004 on a special trailer.

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Now, he isn't particularly fond of the columns on the French engine, as he is more of a "traditionalist" when it comes to marine compounds; He prefers the look of cast back standards with slightly angled, turned front columns. He just to happened to get a line on a Canadian "Doty" Compound (5"&10"X6" ) up in Sudbury, Ontario. SO, he traveled up to Sudbury, Ontario, Canada with his friend Joe Butterman. They rented a large U-haul and hauled it (along some other steam goodies), all the way back to California. He began the restoration of that engine and began building new pumps for it (originals were missing and it was originally jet-condensing, he's going with a keel condenser), but got sidetracked by the work on the hull.

Engine with gentleman he bought it from:
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Home:
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So, this is how everything appears at this point:

"Doty" compound in foreground with the "Calparede" compound in the rear, covered in plastic:
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Boiler in the backyard:

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Hull a few months ago:

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And more recent:

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As you might be able to see, the stern has been modified from a tunnel stern to a more fantail-like persuasion (this area had a lot of rust, so he decided to modify more to his liking), along with other modifications to the bow (removal of large pipe at stem, removal of "dragon teeth", etc.). He has done a TON of work, mainly by himself (I'm a working stiff, he's retired)


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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:46 pm 
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Wow! What a project! I look forward to seeing how she looks completed.

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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:18 pm 
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What can I say? Go big or go Home! It's the American way!! :lol: You realize ,Wes, you're doomed. You will have to surpass the Ol' man in deeds done won't you? And he still owes you a turbo for the G.N. doesn't he ? Den How much snow is covering the project? From the looks of the weather up and down the west coast you should have got a wack of it. But it's easier to track sleigh tracks at this time of year!!


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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:40 am 
Yep, I've realized I need to start buying lotto tickets so I can purchase one of those steam tugs that come up for sale once in a while..... Or build a Yacht with twin triples :D

I've got plans in case I don't "make it big" ;)

Lucky for him, I sold the GN a while ago, bought a '64 Riviera to replace it.. I just use this screenname on all of the forums as it's easy for me to remember.

We had a bit of rain yesterday (unusual) and got about 6 inches of snow last night.. Looks like we have more on the horizon.. Supposed to be snowing all this week :| That, combined with lots of tourists who have never driven in the snow, equals Santa's sack full of fun on the roads :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:25 am 
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That's a wonderful project Wesley, thanks for posting the pictures.
Good luck and keep us posted.
I think the Calparede engine is beautiful.
John


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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:53 pm 
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87gn@tahoe wrote:
Yep, I've realized I need to start buying lotto tickets so I can purchase one of those steam tugs that come up for sale once in a while..... Or build a Yacht with twin triples :D...

I know where there's an ex UK harbor service launch, 60' LOA that needs "some work" for sale in Puget Sound; also a 56' steel German ex harbor patrol boat that needs "some work" replacing hull plates, boiler, etc. up near Port Townsend. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:04 am 
I think they'd both need completely new hulls... I know that the "frau's" hull is half redhand and half rust (that goes for the boiler too.. at least when we rode on her back in 1997 :shock: )

Cheap at twice the price though, RIGHT? :D

I'd sure love that HSL.

Oh, I lied... no snow 'till next week YAY! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 4:40 pm 
Here's a bit of an update:

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"Calparede" builders info cast into HP seam chest cover (should have taken the plastic off):

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He restored this pump. Cylinder near valve cover is a shell and tube heat exchanger. Idea is to use the exhaust from pump to heat the feed water going into boiler:
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He also bought a 5hp Semple with a fly-ball governor from a friend to use as a gen-set, well technically an alt-set, using either a older automotive alternator or one made for wind generators:
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Since the last post he has also welded on the sides of the cabin and put the roof on (1/2" marine ply with high strength glue and screws holding it down with epoxy sealer overall)

Concept of finished product:

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Showing off the steel, oh and the boat's progress too :D :

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Modified stern:
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Pre portholes and roof:
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Happy captain:
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Inside looking forward before installation of roof:

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Installing roof:

Captain (w/ camera) and friend Gerek:
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Looking aft:
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Trial and asthetics fitting:
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Home made portlights!:
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Portlight "dog":
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Pilothouse window "dog":
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Pilothouse hatch and "dogs":
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As she currently sits:

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Wes


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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 6:37 pm 
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Thanks for the progress report Wes. Which B&W Meet will she be at? I hope to be there to see her. Tell Steve he's doing a great job. I'd love to have an article for Steamboating Magazine when he's finished. She's a fine example of what one can do!

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 Post subject: Re: Next Weekend II
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 6:49 pm 
He was hoping to splash her in the lake up here this summer, but with my Grandmother (his mother) being very ill and ultimately passing this winter, there was very little progress made.

The plan is to run her up here at the lake for a few years, then truck her down to the delta.

I will be sure to prod him into writing an article.

Speaking of which, I haven't received any publications since Jan/Feb 2011

wes


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