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


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
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Nordhavn 47 Trawler ‘Trust’ Delivery from Fajardo, PR to Canaveral, FL Captain Jerry Taylor

Trac Stabilizer Repair with Captain Jerry Taylor

March, 2007

Jerry, Wendy and crew member Hans Baier flew to San Juan on March 20, were picked up at the airport by the wpid-HPIM1050-2007-03-20-00-00.jpgowners, who were flying home in a couple of days, and arrived at the boat in Puerto del Rey, Fajardo, around midnight.
Wednesday was spent familiarizing ourselves with the boat, provisioning and readying for sea.
On the advice of Ocean Marine Nav, we waited in Fajardo on Thursday as conditions north and west of Puerto Rico were in the NE20 to 30 knot range, with 8 to 10 foot seas.
We left early Friday morning and ran the 463 miles to Turks and Caicos in reasonably moderate conditions. We arrived off the bank early Sunday morning, slowed down to three knots, and waited for daylight to cross the bank to the anchorage at Sapodilla bay. We used Clear Sand Road, never seeing less than ten feet on the depth sounder. Bob’s forecast showed sharply increasing northeasterly winds and seas in the area for the next three days. Following his recommendations, we dropped the “hook” to wait for better weather conditions.
We spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday while the wind howled, anchored in the company of several large motor-yachts, including a 200’ Feadship, and many sailboats. Anti-madness activities included cleaning, house keeping, laundry, bilge pump repair, and a lot of time spent in the galley preparing anti-boredom meals.wpid-HPIM1028-2007-03-20-00-00.jpg
Wednesday morning the high wind and sea conditions eased some, and we departed via Sandbore channel for the 396 mile run to Highborne Cay, then planned on passing through Nassau harbor on our way to Cape Canaveral. Wind and seas remained moderate from the northeast until we started over the top of Crooked and Acklins Islands when the wind picked up to NE 20 -30 kts, and the seas on the beam increased to 6 to 10 feet. Things got a little “interesting” for several hours, even moving the heavy salon table from the starboard to the port side without damaging anything.
Entering the bank at Highborne cut, the seas moderated somewhat. At this time it became obvious that the starboard stabilizer was not functioning. Fortunately, on the N47 the starboard fin is accessible, and after removing some panels, Jerry was able to inspect the fin and noted that the actuator ram was moving back and forth unattached to the fin tiller -arm. Upon closer inspection he saw that the swivel end had unthreaded itself from

wpid-HPIM1045-2007-03-20-00-00.jpg the ram. We called the owner by Sat-Phone, and he managed to contact the Ft Lauderdale rep for Trac on Saturday, and after satellite phone consultation with the Trac technician we decided that if we were stationary, we had a chance to make the repair. The only specialized tool required was a 1.5mm ( aprox.1/16 inch) allen wrench, and since the owner was so wonderfully particular about having every tool known to modern man on board, it was there in the tool box.
Not wanting to enter into the March mega-boat madness of the Nassau docking scene, we anchored at 1400 near Rose Island and by 1700 the repair was completed. We also checked the port side for looseness, and tightened that lock nut securely.
Sunday morning we departed Rose Island for the 271 miles to Cape Canaveral in much improved weather conditions, arriving at Cape Marina at 2015 Monday night after a spirited boost from the Gulf Stream.

Trust Nordhavn 47 2007wpid-HPIM1047-2007-03-20-00-00.jpgDelivery Summary:
Total Distance: 1100 NM
Total Running Hours: 165
Average Speed: 6.6 Knots at 1800 RPM

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