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1644Re: Shaft seal like the one Robb While used ...

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  • Lewis E. Gordon
    Aug 16 8:05 PM

      I also remember reading that Robb changed to a conventional shaft seal
      after hearing that the ceramic types, when failing, failed suddenly
      with no warning at all.


      --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, Kenneth Grome <bagacayboatworks@...>
      > > I haven't seen what he used, but based on his description,
      > > I think what are shown on this page are similar:
      > > http://www.mcmaster.com/nav/enter.asp?pagenum=3372
      > Hi Ron,
      > Thanks for that link! It got me started on the right track, then I
      > found some other web sites with even more details on this type of pump
      > shaft seal. It looks like I can use them in the boat I'm building
      > and well as in several of the inboard powered boats I'm designing.
      > These Atkin tunnel-stern Seabright skiffs are intriguing to me. I
      > especially like Shoals Runner's bottom design. I know of no other
      > that offers such an attractive combination of features as these:
      > 1- a very well protected propeller and rudder
      > 2- drafts only 6-7 inches with the prop in the water
      > 3- sits stable and upright when out of the water
      > 4- can be beached almost anywhere without damage
      > 5- can be trailered on a cheap flatbed utility trailer
      > 6- is very seaworthiness in offshore conditions
      > 7- uses an inexpensive, fuel efficient inboard engine
      > 8- gets better than average mileage at 15-20 mph
      > 9- runs efficiently throughout its entire speed range
      > Lots of people seem to be very intrigued by Rescue Minor. But as I
      > understand it, Shoals Runner is William Atkin's last design of this
      > type. This suggests that he may have identified deficiencies in his
      > earlier models (possibly including Rescue Minor) and corrected them
      > when he designed Shoals Runner.
      > This is only a theory of course, but it appears to 'make sense' to me
      > after reading performance reports on Rescue Minor and noting subtle
      > differences in the characteristics of these two hulls from the line
      > drawings on the web site.
      > I'm designing some new versions of these tunnel-stern Seabright skiffs
      > myself. I'm leaning toward hull bottoms that look more like Shoals
      > Runner because of my theory that the more recent designs in a naval
      > architect's portfolio are often better boats than earlier models.
      > Sincerely,
      > Ken Grome
      > Bagacay Boatworks
      > www.bagacayboatworks.com

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