I tell ya, one of the best parts of my bidness is the people I get to meet. Don & Margie are a case in point. Here's a letter I just got from them, telling us about their new 462 DUCK and their voyage plans. Yes indeed.... After a few cocktails I could likely try out the flying anphibian (photo below) but duplicating Captain Bligh's 4,000 trip in an open skiff? I'll pass on that....
|The 462 DUCK "ICE" on the railway.|
Hope you are well...we are very excited...we have our boat in the water and are quite happy...Bill and his team are doing a good job so I am confident we will get what we hoped for at the end of the day.
I know you are the master of simplicity and
believe me, I know where you are coming from and agree with that
concept entirely, so don't get too depressed about this "complicated"
Duck ICE...I have had the simple boats and am happy to give the
opposite end of the spectrum a go for a change ...but the good
news is, that I am sure that our Duck will make an excellent
Well here are pics of our new Ice-strengthened ketch-rig, steel, motor-sailor launched in Zhuhai China on July 17th...40,000 man hours? - 2 years- to date and still about four months work in the water before it is finnished later this year. Then we will step the two masts shipped from Allyacht in Australia.
|The hull was heavily reinforced for being frozen into ice. Note these "teeth" that hopefully will protect the prop and rudder.|
ICE...LOA 51ft LWL 48ft Beam 15ft Draught 6ft Displacement Max heavy 40,000KG,Flopper stopper stabilizers,5 watertight compartments,Ice strengthened,ice protected prop and rudder-underwater removable, Fuel 8000ltrs, Max speed 9.1 kts Cruise 7-8kts, endurance 5-6000miles, Watertight walk-in Engine room, Engine John Deere Turbo 135hp @ 2400,120amp 24v alt ,
Twin Disc gearbox, 30"x 20" Stainless 4 blade prop,Bow thruster,Rope cutter,Fuel and oil polishing system, oil change system,Manual and electric bilge pumps to all compartments,Fire flood system to engine room, Northern Lights 9kw Generator,240v/110v 24v/12v,Victron Inverter-Charger, solar pannels, wind gen, 2v cell 720amp 24v Battery bank.
Full Antarctic insulation, 3 Air Con systems and diesle central heating, watermaker, fridge and two freezers,garbage compactor,washer dryer,Convection Microwave and 3 burner gas cooker,Full home theatre and surround sound Entertainment systems-two flat screens,Two staterooms with ensuites, electric and manual toilets, 120 gall holding tanks, 7 berth without using two dinettes, max 9 berth,5 star Fitout and engineering to ABYC.
Full Raytheon electronics inc. Dual Radars, GPS compass, dual Auto pilots, Inmarstat comms inc. Broadband, Skyeye weather imageing, EPIRB DF. ,Echo Pilot retractable Sonar.
Pilot house windows 20mm thick with heating elements in front three and double glazing on the rest, PH Doors "Dimond Seaglaze" Canada and watertight doors below "Seaglaze" from UK.
Zodiac C3 3.8mtr inflatable & 15hp on lower Davit, Zodiac 3mtr roll away & 9hp on deck, 6 dive cylinders and 4 dive rigs plus Bauer compressor,surface supply breathing system, UW coms, Towing Magnotometer and HH UW metal Detectors, two long boards, Digital Filming gear and edit facilities.
Massive anchor handling systems with mud wash dam, Dual anchors rollers, including self launch stb. and full anti-chaffe rope rollers pt.110lb Plow 400ft HT 3/8 chain,66lb Delta,68lb Fortress, 70lb Fisherman,30lb Fortress, Three rope mooring reels. Stern anchor roller. Fwd warping manual winch.
Systems designed to opperate when frozen into Arctic or Antarctic ice, though the hull is NOT a squeeze out design.
ICE will sail to Hong Kong late Feb 08 then to Subic in the Philippines May 08, then out from there cruising to return to Subic in Oct 08 for any refit work or mods.
|Bill has wanted a red hull for a long time so I'm sure was happy when Don & Margie chose red. It looks fine!|
April 09 is the 220 year Aniversary of Mutiny on the Bounty...so I am going to re-sail Bligh's 4000 mile open boat voyage from Tonga to Kupang in a 23ft timber open row/sail Boat with a few crew, so ICE will stay in the Philippines till that is completed then we head east and north.
Yes we will update our web site before the end of the year and the Doco of my world record Gyro flight round Australia has just been finished and will screen around the world in the TWI Hi5 adventure series.
Don & Margie
Ocean Frontiers Pty Ltd