Monday, June 20, 2011
30' Hawser Handling Boat
Bob Wakefield of Southern Maine bought a Navy 30' Hawser Handling Boat in Florida. He wasn't sure what exactly he was going to do with it but he liked the lines and decided to embark on a complete reconstruction. The boat was sanded and faired. A plank sealing was laid. Teak hatches were installed. A raw water cooled 135 hp Perkins Model # 6-354 took the place of the original 100 hp Gray Marine. Here's some of Bob's handiwork:
The boat, in its Navy configuration, and working as a personnel vessel, was certified for 23 men, including crew. Most of the time the boat was used as a line tug for tending and handling hawsers for submarines.
It had an 80 gallon fuel tank and a top or working speed of 8 knots. There is a short keel with a shaft and strut drive arrangement and spade rudder. Shaft has a 1-1/2" bore. The top of the rudder post is fitted with a yoke for an emergency tiller.
Bob, who is now moving, has decided to sell the boat. If you are interested, send me your email address or contact info by sending me a comment below. I'll forward your contact info to Bob.
If you know the boat and/or served on one, please let us know.