70' Real Ships 1995 Steel Trawler MY/ IMPERVIOUS
IMPERVIOUS is a 1995 Real Ships steel hulled vessel. Over a 4 year period she came into the yard for a series of extensive interior and exterior refits to meet the cruising needs of this vessel. The initial interior refit was focused on modifying the crew quarters. The newly acquired vessel had damage from salt water induced corrosion that required immediate attention as well as re-engineering of the exhaust system, upgrading stabilizers and redoing entire water system. The following years refit included the installation of a second generator, a much needed laundry facility, and significant Galley upgrades. The third years refit was focused on painting of the entire hull and superstructure. The 4th and most significant refit included an 8 foot steel hull extension, new electronics suite with NMEA 2000 integration to original analog systems, aft deck refit with fiberglass built ins, full salon and pilot house refit, new watermaker installation and AGM battery upgrade.
This vessels original design was built to accommodate regular household furniture. Although this seems desirable it is not an efficient use of space. The owner wanted to maximize floor space, improve seating, add storage and provide ability to dine indoors. This new arrangement is also vastly superior in heavy seas.
Solid Teak and Teak vaneer were utilized for all exterior surfaces and interior was lined with white mica. Special hinges provide easy access to large under seat storage areas. The arms flip open to provide storage for liquor bottles. Rope lighting was added behind the seat for additional lighting and ambiance. The table is custom fabricated by Release Marine in Savannah GA. The table is a high low configuration with pop out leaves that provide a 6 foot table that can easily accommodate 8 people for dining.
The object of the project was to add a full service bar which included a wine chiller, ice machine and wet sink. It was also desired to upgrade all audio and visual components. All existing cabinetry was removed and new African Teak floor added and beaded ceiling with light weight removable teak pannels around the perimeter added for access to wires and mechanical systems. New cabinets were built with additional depth added to accommodate powerful and new audio visual equipment. A cooling system was installed for all audio and visual equipment. The panel behind ultra thin LCD television is removable for additional access to all wiring as well as connection to the remote satelitte receivers for 4 different zones. A new M7 KVH multiple LMB Satelitte Dish receiver provides the satelitte signal. The project was finished out with granite countertops and LED lighting.
The project goal was to change the crew quarters from a single bed to a double bed plus move the stateroom sink into the bathroom, update the finish out and add drawers and cedar lined closet. The double bed was designed so it can easily be converted to an office desk. Walls are Ultrawood pre-finished vaneer panels with teak trim. A stretch ceiling was added with LED lights.
This swim ladder was designed and installed with ease of entry in mind. The ladder also doubles as a safety device allowing a person to access the vessel in a man overboard scenario. The ladder conveniently folds up and attaches to the vessel.
This Aluminum stairs with Stainless Steel hand rails evolved from the original steel design. The original design was an enclosed staircase that provided storage within. It was felt that this would create far to much maintenance and it was desired to have a more open appearance. The aluminum stairs are also removable to ease painting and repair in the future if required. They were attached used islolation techniques to prevent galvanic corrosion. It was also desired to have lights which were incorporated beneath each stair in the original construction to avoid corrosion. Corrosion resistance was the paramount concern in this designa as well as all of our designs with metal boats. The DuPont Imron MS600 system with DuPont Alumistick epoxy primer was utilized.
The project goal was to replace the original 1995 electronics suite with new electronics and a NMEA 2000 backbone to monitor all major vessel systems. A full Raymarine E and G series electronics package including cameras was installed. Electronics cooling system, fire extinguishing system, improved wing controls and AGM battery bank were added to support the new electronics.
It has always been desirable to provide antifouling to propellers and other under water bronze components. In the past this was accomplished by a 3 step process that was expensive and short lived. PropSpeed has changed all that. Although it does require a precise application technique, it is far simpler than systems of the past. When properly applied PropSpeed is capable of providing multi year service.
It was desired to add built-in seating and table to maximize space and provide outdoor dining. Fiberglass was selected for relative ease of fabrication and corrosion resistance. It could have been built from Aluminum or Steel, but it was felt that fiberglass was the best choice. It was also desired to plug the upper cleats so that their use in the future could be utilized if required. The plugs were intended to keep rain water and moisture out of the storage area.
A dining table was fabricated from PVC with a folding leaf and painted with DuPont Imron MS600 to match. The table can accommodate up to 8 people. The upholstry is Sunbrella and custom covers finish the job.
Steel hull vessel needed built in grilling station for aft deck. Custom built fiberglass enclosure built for housing grill as well as extra storage. Product was finished with Dupont MS600.
The Project Goal was to improve access towing and use of the tender. Also it provided easy access for swimming and aft boarding, add 500 gallons additional fuel capacity and improve overall performance. 3D CAD programs were used for design and templating of steel components and Stainless Steel railings. Results acheived both improvement in boat handling and an increased vessel performance by 1 knott.