Thursday, 24 of August of 2017

Singawing’s Three-Year Refit

After the 2014 season, Singawing was really beginning to show her age. Her paint job was failing miserably, her old engines were tired, constantly requiring maintenance, and her furling systems were no longer easy to operate.

In the winter of 2014 it was decided that she really needed a refit and we felt up to the task. We began a three-year insanely complicated process that required thousands of man hours and much rehabilitation. Below are pictures representing a timeline of the job.

At first we pulled her from the water and removed all of the masts, booms, hardware, and engines and put her in a covered work site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then removed all of the hatches, window coamings, windshield, davits, bowsprit, stations, deck boxes, teak, and eventually the entire fore-deck.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Meanwhile, Mark Miller was down below tearing out the old cabinets containing the black water tanks, and installing new tongue and groove overheads with aerogel insulation. Mark was also busy cutting and reshaping engine room hatches and installing red cedar in all of the cabinets and closets. I was busy rewiring the entire boat.

 

 

After the cabinets were cut out of the way, the black water tanks, fuel tanks, and fresh water tanks were cut out of the vessel by Frank Eyl.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

As the new decks went down, Rob Nadge and Roy Secondez began the intense fairing and prepping work for a new Awlgrip paint job. Todd Flye was able to stay just ahead of the paint crew as he laid sheet after sheet of fiberglass. The cabin sides were increased by 2 inches to allow for new double pain gas charged windows with 3/8 tempered, tinted glass on the outside and ¼ inch safety laminated glass on the interior (no more sweating windows). An additional benefit to expanding the cabin width was that it made room to run the forward stay sail rigging hidden inside the cabin sides. This chamber would accommodate the furling lines for the new Pro Furl system purchased and installed by Dan and Lisa and the crew at PT Rigging.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Back down below, Todd was busy building an integral fiberglass 180-gallon diesel tank in the bilge where the former diesel tanks resided. New stainless steel water tanks built by Peters Marine were fitted and installed outboard in their previous locations. Mark Miller then built sound insulated bulkheads to retain the water tanks and separate them from the new engine room space.

 

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

 

During this operation, the entire original engine room was stripped of its contents, repainted and prepped for the new propulsion system. The guys at Port Townsend Shipwrights Coop were busy replacing both the fore and aft compression posts with single stainless steel 80 gauge pipes. Dan Radden had completed two new fiberglass holding tanks and they were installed and hard piped to avoid smells.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

By this time the fairing was complete and paint was being laid down. Rob did an excellent job, well beyond my expectations. We decided to forego new teak decking and went with a tan nonskid that really has a clean look. We then had to begin the arduous task of reinstalling all the hardware. New hatches were purchased and installed and the big companion way and sail hatches along with the cockpit windshield were powder coated to a pewter color.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

 

Just after the primary winches were installed, we took a much-needed trip to Hawaii. It was at the airport on my way home that I learned that my dear friend and painter, Rob Nadge, had suffered a coronary embolism and died instantly. Singawing would be his swan song and he is greatly missed.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

In Rob’s absence I was struggling to find and install all of the hardware and luckily my friend Elton Schweitzer was looking for work, and so he became instrumental in finding, polishing, bedding, and installing everything we had removed a year-and-a-half before. Elton then lent his hand with all the exterior varnishing and even buffed the old hull back to a mirror finish.

With most of the exterior work completed, we began to install the new serial hybrid electric propulsion system. The battery room was gutted and rebuilt to accommodate a 50 KWH lithium NMC battery bank with the ability to contain a 150 KWH bank when it becomes more affordable.

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Chris Brignoli, Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Regen Nautics INC from Dania beach Florida was selected to supply the components and software for the job. I designed a custom 360 degree rotating sail-drive that the 135 HP permanent magnet, three phase, variable frequency drive, electric motors would sit vertically atop. After Tim Nolan sent Jonathan Moore over to do the engineering work, Aaron Day from PT Shipwrights Coop custom machined all of the necessary parts and installed them into the faired hull that Tod Flye the “perfectionist” worked so hard at.

 

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

When we discovered that the biggest four blade folding propeller we could buy only had 20 inches of pitch we had to bring in Dean Bozack who did what no prop guy in the world had ever done! He made it a 20 by 25 inch folding propeller.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

With my Revision Marine partners, Chris Brignoli and Peter Geerlofs, we designed, built and installed a custom 300-amp hour lithium iron phosphate battery bank for the ship’s house or hotel loads. Jean-Marc Zanni arrived from Florida, programed the entire propulsion system and helped to install the remaining propulsion equipment including the 150HP Volvo Penta D3 100 KWH D/C generator.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Early on It was decided that the generator would be inaccessible for maintenance in the location above the new fuel tank amidships, so we installed a scissor lift table to bring the big power plant up into the saloon. Because of the lack of a shaft this was done relatively easily and we are delighted with the result.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

The generator itself sits in a sound enclosure that is contained inside another sound enclosure so we have been able to achieve running decibel levels in the saloon of around 65. Outside the sound of the engine is all but unnoticeable.

 

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

After all of the plumbing and wiring, Singawing is up and running beautifully. We hit our target consumption levels on the mark. At 6.2 Knots, she consumes 16 KW per hour giving her a 3-hour range before the generator auto starts. At 7 knots, she consumes approximately 20 KW allowing for 2 hours of silent travel. From the deck, it sounds just like sailing. When the generator starts, it runs for about an hour-and-a-half and then shuts down for 2.5 more hours. The batteries can be charged in 6 hours using a 50 amp 240-volt shore power cord. We have not been able to fully test the regen functions but from the test we have performed we believe she will produce 4-5 KW an hour at 8 knots of sailing speed.

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Bill Campbell came to the rescue when it was time to build and install new sturdy stainless steel railings around all of the decks.

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

Four 190 watt solar panels were installed above the dinghy davits and provide all of the necessary power required to operate the vessel’s systems. In the event of continuous cloud cover, the house battery can be charged from the high voltage propulsion bank giving Singawing a ten-day autonomy of household power needs. At that point the engine can be started and the big battery recharged in a little over an hour.

We are installing a 30,000 BTU reverse cycle heat pump air conditioning unit to replace the old hurricane heater. This new system will allow the boat to heat or cool off of the propulsion bank for up to 2 days without starting the engine and is considerably more efficient that the diesel system it replaces.

Thanks for taking the time to read about this experience. Please come see the boat with you own eyes. We are happy to give full tours.

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

Singawing Refit Great Bear Charters

Singwing Refit Great Bear Charters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Schooner Singawing in Alaska

Schooner Singawing with snow capped mountains behind her.  Whether you seek adventure, beauty, or relaxation, a private sailing journey with Great Bear Charters will be an experience of a lifetime.

 

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Schooner Singawing with snow capped mountains behind her, on a sailing charter with Great Bear Charters.

 


Kayaking in Alaska

While sailing in Alaska, crew of Great Bear Charters take guests to enjoy adventures on land or sea.  Naturalist and kayak instructor, Benson Isley, guides sailing guests on tours to remote waterfalls.

 

While sailing to Alaska, Great Bear Charters take enjoy adventures on land or sea. Naturalist and kayak instructor, Benson Isley, guides sailing guests on tours to remote waterfalls.

While sailing to Alaska, crew of Great Bear Charters take guests on adventures of land or sea. Naturalist and kayak instructor, Benson Isley, guides sailing guests on tours to remote waterfalls.

 

 


Spring Aboard Schooner Singawing!

We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day of sailing in Admiralty Inlet.  We are looking forward to time spent on private sailing adventures in the sunshine with Great Bear Charters.  Children always love the novelty of a sailboat.  They are invigorated by the water and sky, clouds and sea, and all the learning opportunities along the way.  Schedule your next vacation with Great Bear Charters!

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All In A Days Work for the Captain of Great Bear Charters

While enjoying a private sailing adventure with Great Bear Charters, Captain, Matthew Mortensen will create a fabulous breakfast and invite you to explore wild life on Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands.  All in a day’s work!

 

Great Bear Charters Captain makes a fabulous breakfast and explores Sucia Island all in a days work

Great Bear Charters Captain makes a fabulous breakfast and explores Sucia Island all in a day’s work


Spring is Just Around the Corner

“Spring comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.”  If this old saying is true, spring is just around the corner.  The windy shores of schooner Singawing’s home are providing perfect sailing opportunities.  Time to think ahead and plan your next private sailing adventure with Great Bear Charters!

 

Great Bear Charters spring comes in like a lion, these windy days make for great sailing!

Great Bear Charters spring comes in like a lion, these windy days make for great sailing!


Warm Glow of a Sunset

The soft light and warm glow of a sunset, while anchored out in a quiet cove overlooking mountains, after a day of sailing on a private yacht in the Pacific Northwest with Great Bear Charters…is divine.

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New Skipper Aboard Singawing

Great Bear Charters has a new skipper who is adorable.  This little guy loves sailing schooner Singawing up the Inside Passage to Alaska. 

 

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This adorable skipper loves sailing up the Inside Passage on a private sailing adventure with Great Bear Charters.


Happy Holidays from Great Bear Charters!

As we embark on 2017, your New Year’s resolutions may include adventure, relaxation, and exploration.  If so, a private sailing charter in the Pacific Northwest with Great Bear Charters is a great way to follow through on all three resolutions for 2017!

 

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Great Bear Charters celebrates the New Year with booking private sailing charters in the Pacific Northwest for 2017!


Basking in the Sunshine

Wishing all of our wonderful charter guests a lovely Thanksgiving.  Here is schooner Singawing, basking in the sunshine of a calm cove in the Pacific Northwest while cruising with Great Bear Charters.

 

great bear charters basking in the sunshine on private sailing charter in pacific northwest

 

 


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