Grand Banks 46 Trawler ‘Avalanche’ Delivery from Rockland, ME to Mathews, VA Captain Jerry Taylor

Nautical Problem Solving with Captain Jerry Taylor

July, 2012

Avalanche GB46 July 2012

Call us ‘adrenalin junkies’ if you must, we prefer to think of ourselves as ‘nautical problem solvers’. Getting any delivery boat from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ is usually an interesting ‘nautical problem,’ but it is necessary to look carefully at all systems before departure, as the devil is always in the details.
The new owner of ‘Avalanche’ met us at Journeys End Marina in Rockland, Maine to get to know us, and to give us the keys to his newly purchased 1993 Grand Banks 46 Classic. He then wished us well, and departed.
Wendy and I spent the remainder of the day, and all of the next day going over the mechanical and electrical systems.

Avalanche GB46 July 2012We replaced the badly worn stabilizer pump belts,Avalanche GB46 July 2012 changed the very black Racor elements, and the on-engine fuel filter elements, topped the fuel and water tanks, familiarized ourselves with the electronics, provisioned the galley, secured the dingy, stowed all loose gear and generally made ready for sea.

Avalanche GB46 July 2012

The next morning at 0500, after coffee, we departed with perfect July weather, no fog, and moderate seas with a light northerly breeze. We ran 100 NM to Isle of Shoals where we were able to pick up a mooring.

While underway to Isle of Shoals, and during one of the hourly engine room checks, weAvalanche GB46 July 2012 discovered a diesel leak from the Starboard Cat injector pump. After shut down, we attempted a repair to the bleed valve but had no luck, so we called and ordered a replacement from Fairhaven Marine, a 92 NM run the next day. Again the weather was perfect and we arrived in Fairhaven in time to take on fuel before moving to our slip. The next morning we replaced the suspect valve, and a blown fuse in the AC water pump relay box before getting underway for Clinton, CT at 1000.
Our luck with the weather continued and we were able to run from Clinton to Manesquan, NJ – 120 NM – where we topped the fuel tanks, and then with another 0515 departure and help from some very strong coffee, departed from Manesquan to Chesapeake City, MD – 147 NM. The New Jersey coast was benign, we caught the current from Cape May up the Delaware perfectly and made excellent time to the Chesapeake Inn on the C and D canal, where we arrived amid what seemed like a thousand people, eating drinking and showing off their shiny ear-splitting neon rainbow-colored chrome plated speed boats. Quite a shock after being by ourselves for the last 5 days, and not quite what we expected on a Thursday night. With the 375 HP Cats humming along at 1900 rpm, and the weather still beautiful, we made our way down the Chesapeake 90 NM to Spring Cove Marina in Solomons, MD. 

Another 0545 departure on a cool, overcast morning with Avalanche GB46 July 2012the final objective in our sights only another 90 miles away. We arrived at Zimmerman Marine, near Mathews, VA early afternoon, in time to wash 700 miles of salt off the exterior. We began to clean and organize the interior, which we completed along with the ‘dreaded list’ of recommendations. 
Our attention to detail, careful preparation, and the weather in a friendly mood, all helped to make this delivery fairly uneventful. The GB46 is a strong, honest boat with a fine pedigree and excellent sea keeping ability.
Delivery Summary
Avalanche GB 46 July 2012Total Distance: 724 NM
Total Running Hours: 73.3
Average Speed: 9.8 knots
Average Fuel Burn: 13 GPH

To find out more about our services please visit our website at www.tayloryachtdelivery.com or email us at captjt@riverreach.net

To watch a short video of this Delivery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXuWRZk1lkQ

Grand Banks 46 Trawler ‘Cotytto’ Delivery, refit management, on board training. Trappe, MD to Newport, RI

Ready to Go! Don’t think so!

May, 2009

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In mid May 2009 we loaded our Subaru Outback with tools and delivery gear, and set out for the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay to rescue the Grand Banks 46 ‘Cotytto’ from an apparently ‘overlong’ stay at a local boatyard. “If your Captain can be here on Sunday night she will be ready to go Monday morning!” were the words of the yard owner to our client.
This was how we found ‘Cotytto’ on Sunday afternoon – hauled out, no props, no batteries, both engine cooling systems apart, no fresh bottom paint and both fuel tanks open! Ready to go! Not Quite!

IMG_1129Why do owners new to boating continue to believe they can drop off their expensive, complex yacht, and expect all work to be accomplished on time and at the estimated cost, unsupervised? In our experience, without an owner or representative on site, disappointment and misunderstanding soon follows a project that is not closely monitored by all concerned.

Seven intensive days, and a demanding three page work list followed, before we were finally able to get underway for Newport, RI.
During the week the new owner expressed disbelief at our detailed progress reports, to which we suggested that he drive down to see for himself. He did, and pitched in to help with some of the heavier projects, such as a new engine room fire bottle.
IMG_1166Tasks completed included: Rebuilding the Caterpillar fresh and raw water pumps and cooling systems, flush both ‘Cat’ after coolers, replace the generator stop solenoid and heat exchanger and filters. Trim tab reservoir replacement, Refrigeration system charge, rub rail repair, windshield wiper replacement, cleaning both fuel tanks, props trued balanced and coated with Prop Speed and reinstalled, replacement of all 12 volt batteries, servicing of all seacocks, rebuilding of autopilot cylinder, and bottom paint touchup.
IMG_1151This is not exactly how most people see the job of a delivery captain, but our motto is, “Whatever it takes to get it done!”.
Once free of the muddy creek and the sticky embrace of the boatyard, we fueled ‘Cotytto’ at Jacks Point Marina in Oxford MD and departed the next morning. That evening we arrived at the Chesapeake Inn Marina, where the weather door slammed shut, and we had to hunker down the next day cleaning and organizing while the gale on the Delaware abated.
At first light Wednesday morning, we departed Chesapeake City and had a rough but uneventful 91 mile run to Atlantic City.
Thursday we ran up to Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey, where the owner joined us for the 108 miles to Noank CT and then on to his home port of Newport R I.

Cotytto GB 46 2009 Delivery Summary
Total Distance: 406 NM
Total Running Hours: 43
Average Speed: 9.4 knots
Average Fuel Burn: 12.5 GPH
To find out more about our services please visit our website at www.tayloryachtdelivery.com or email us at captjt@riverreach.net