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 Author  Topic: News and pics of PT658
  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hello shipmates, sad news from Oregon, home of PT658. We are in the middle of major restoration and now we have been told we must vacate the premises of the Navy Reserve Base by June 30th as well. Following a full summer of trips and tours, in early October 2012, we initiated a complete review of the boat with the Marine Surveyor regarding Coast Guard regulations that govern the boats operation. Initially, a repair list was generated that included: 1) move the battery chargers to the tank room; 2) replace the fuel lines installed in 2004 as they had begun to crack, and replace fuel filters with aluminum bowls.

After the boat was taken out of the water, we closely examined the original planking and discovered some deterioration. The boat will need 200 lineal feet of outside planking mostly above the water line. Most of the bottom planking does not need to be replaced. However, we did find major problems inside the back end of the boat: 18 bottom frames and most of the starboard shaft log, longitudinal trusses and the lower portion of the water tight bulkheads will need to be replaced. This work is very technical and requires special expertise, so we have hired Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative to complete and supervise the work. The Shipwrights will also lead our volunteers in replacing the outside planking.

We Need Your Help! The project budget is $221,169, of which $134,400 will be contributed in in-kind volunteer labor.

Of course we are always greatly appreciative of donations. Please send contributions to: Save the PT Boat, Inc., PO Box 13422, Portland, OR 97213.

Jim, our advisor from Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative and volunteer supervisor Ron Taylor pose in aft tank room


Tom Cates and Ron remove old stringer


Ron stands on new yellow colored Starboard Shaft Log 24 feet long by 18 inches wide by 4 inches thick (Larch wood)



Jim stands at end of new shaft log just after it was installed



Aft crews quarters showing new frames topped with 6 new longitudinal stringers


Aft Engineroom bulkhead vertical frames and horizontal keyed scarph joint on stringer


Lazarette showing new frames and rudder with new stringers


Aft tank room with new frames and new stringers


Fwd crew head shows extensive rotted plank removal


Looking down from inside fwd crew quarters near crew transom berth out onto barge deck below shows removed wood


Looking into fwd crew quarters locker stbd side locker just outside of transom berth



Bow view shows some new planks installed


Tom Cates removing rotted chine on port side


Tom Cates and Mark Wolf at work removing rotted aluminum gusset plates near port chine


Here you can see the oxidized aluminum gusset plate being removed


Tom and Jim Mitchell removing rotted wood


Looking aft at port chine


Tom by port chine show extent of removed wood


Stbd side chine under XO bunk and hanging locker in wardroom


Stbd side view shows inner diagonal planks and new outer planks


Ron Taylor and Tracy Hankins removing rotted outer planks from stbd chine


View of stbd chine rotted wood removal


Ron Taylor removing more rot!


Bow view shows new planks.


Tom and Bubba with stbd rudder carrier plate in lazarette


Hopefully this illustrates all the hard work we have been doing, It also shows how much a dedicated team of volunteers can accomplish when we are organized and motivated. Please give until it hurts! Thanks Jerry

Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Bob  Posted on: Mar 22, 2013 - 1:05pm
Good luck Jerry. Boy, a lot of that looks familiar. We are getting ready to put in the shaft logs soon as well. Looks like you guys are doing a fine job.

Bob

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Mar 22, 2013 - 7:36pm
Thanks Bob! I appreciate your comments and point of view! Us modern day PT Boaters need to stick together! Jerry

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David Waples

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of David Waples  Posted on: Mar 22, 2013 - 9:01pm
Wow Jerry! That's a lot of work! Thanks for sharing your work. How long will it take to complete the repairs?
Dave

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Mar 23, 2013 - 12:02am
Thanks David! We are guessing mid July, Unless we find more rotten wood to replace or run out of money! Jerry

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Mar 23, 2013 - 1:02am
Bad news Jerry... I wish your team the best of luck and hope the rest of the old girl is sound.



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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Mar 23, 2013 - 6:36am
I don't know if it will be of any help but I put a plea for support on the front page of my web site. I hope you get millions and millions!



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Frank Andruss

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank Andruss   Send Email To Frank Andruss Posted on: Mar 23, 2013 - 7:19am
Jerry, it just goes to show those who do not know the massive amount of work that is needed for upkeep of a wooden boat.. On one hand it is a shame that you must vacate your home for the boat, and on the other, you are blessed with a wonderful crew of volunteers. I thank you so much for posting these photo's, and I will be very happy to pas the word on to all people that I know.

In fact, if there is a way for you to post on this message board the way people can donate via PAYPAL, it would be a good idea. Another idea would be to save the original wood you are taking off the boat, and make it into small attractive gifts for those who donate to your cause. After I write this I will be heading over to your site to make a donation via Paypal. I am sorry it won't be much, but every little bit helps.


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David Waples

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I'm going to go buy some lottery tickets.
Dave

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Mar 23, 2013 - 10:50am
Thanks you guys you are the best! Jerry

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