‘SHACKLETON’Workboat/Survey/Diveboat 7.67m. GRP £16,500
Realistic time & cost for completion. Time; 2-3weeks; Cost; £2-3k
Apart from being a fantastic give-away buy, this sound vessel is a real part of Royal Naval history.
Formerly a support vessel for the Artic Survey ship HMS Endurance.
Original RN name:- ‘Eddie
Initial Manufacturers name ‘Polar Circle’
finished project to convert vessel for Solent shipping service & support vessel.
The engine, gearbox, exhaust components and stern-gear are worth more than the guide price for the entirety!
Please refer to extract below from a survey of the vessel, which also gives a value for insurance purposes.
Reluctant sale due to deteriorating health.
The vessel is currently lying ashore at Southampton, and the friendly yard is happy to continue with a new owner, short or long-term.
Please contact me on 077 6666 4515 or message via Ebay, for potential viewing.
SPECIFICATION & DETAILS
Dimensions: Length 7.67m . Beam 2.67m. Draught:1.1m.
Description: Heavily built work boat in need of
completion. Very sturdy and stable. Last
full out of the water survey completed in 2012, valued at £28,000
Built in Norway by Jemar Norpower; Designed to safely carry 20 people plus cox’n; has Compliance Certificate.
The FRP hull is, in places, over 25mm/ 1” thick!! Primarily to withstand pressure from the surrounding Antarctic ice.
Enclosed wheelhouse and deceptively spacious accommodation
forward, with a manual head unit in a dedicated compartment.
Large and safe aft.
deck space. Already installed, there is a professionally re-built 4cyl Volvo TAMD engine (dyno
tested to 197hp),with new turbo unit and fuel pump. Mounted on four new custom engine mounts,with a new PRM750 gearbox attached, mounts. There is a 50mm Duplex s/s shaft and 4 blade AB2 propeller, custom
designed to suit exactly the vessel size and weight and g/box ratio. (Also
both new!); New cutless bearing and stern-gland; There is a custom made, s/s
insulated (New!) Halyard s/s wet exhaust and riser; New s/s 5” exhaust exit
fitting. Includes all
5” wet exhaust hose and selection of angled and straight jointers (new!) Includes new Racor 500FG diesel fuel filter/water separator, with spare see-through sediment bowl and filter elements.
aluminium diesel tank has been renovated, resealed and painted outside with 2
part epoxy paint; there is ample space for installation of addition fuel
capacity if required. The bilge throughout has been cleaned, taken back and
three coats of white 2 part has also been applied.
There is ample space for additional fuel holding capacity.
new engine and engine electrical component spares. Pretty much all items to
complete the project are included in the asking price.
upper hull has had applied four coats of two-part paint and the hull below
waterline has had applied epoxy and 2x coats anti-foul primer.
There is fitted a substantial stainless-steel bow and fwd. keel protector.
Comes with component manuals and manufacturer’s documentation.
EXTRACT FROM SURVEY
The vessel hull is constructed of GRP with structural framing and reinforced sections in areas of stress. Additional reinforcement is provided by bulkheads and fit-out.
The vessel was built in Norway to be used as a tender, support vessel & lifeboat to the arctic survey vessel HMS Endurance. It is substantially built with the laminate reported as being over 25 mm thick, especially in the bow, for use in ice.
The topsides are satisfactory condition. They have recently been repainted red using a Hempel two part system. The application is to a good standard.
A hammer test over the topsides revealed no evidence of de-lamination, voids or associated defects. There is a substantial new Stainless Steel bow protector installed.
A large “D” section rubbing strake is fitted at the sheer. This is well secured with no significant damage from impact or similar. The plugs over the securing bolts are intact. Seen internally all fastenings are secure and in good condition.
The transom is in good visual condition. It is fitted with exhaust and bilge outlet openings. A hammer test revealed no defects.
HULL BELOW WATERLINE
The underwater hull is in good visual condition with no evident distortion or damage noted. Five coats of epoxy has been applied and the primer coat for the antifouling has also been applied. A hammer test over the underwater hull revealed no evidence of de-lamination voids or similar defects.
Moisture readings were made using a Tramex Skipper Plus on both Scale 2 and Scale 3. Scale 2 reads deep into the laminate and can pick up structural items tanks and interior fit-out. Scale 3 reads less deeply into the laminate and can pick up moisture closer to the surface and can be an indicator of possible potential osmosis.
Topsides readings were low on both scales.
On the underwater hull readings on scale 2 were principally from low to medium and only into the lower section of the latter. On Scale 3 all readings were low indicating no significant moisture close to the surface.
Based on moisture readings, hammer tests and visual inspection, the condition of the hull can be considered satisfactory.
Propeller and Shaft
The four bladed bronze propeller is new and the dimensions of 24/19 have been employed to match the propeller to the engine for maximum efficiency. The propeller must be properly secured. The 2″ Stainless Duplex shaft is new and in good visual condition. All stern gear components are new.
The skeg that supports the prop shaft is an extension of the keel. This had been removed for painting and seen stowed inboard. It is in good condition with no wastage or damage.
The steel rudder was removed to fit the new shaft and propeller. It is in good condition and has been primed ready for antifouling. The fittings for the rudder are in good condition. There was no movement of the stock in the bearings under hand load
Skin Fittings (External)
All skin fittings are sound and secure and below waterline bronze fittings showed no evidence of significant dezincification. The engine intake is new as are the stainless steel cockpit drain fittings, the exhaust fitting and s/s 3/4″ fuel tank vent fitting.
It is planned to fit two large hull anodes to the bolts designed to take them. A small anode will be fitted to the skeg and two circular anodes one each side of the ruder.
Access to joint was good through the vessel and no problems were identified.
Nothing of concern was noted at the hull to deck joint externally.
DECK AND SUPERSTRUCTURE
The wheelhouse and small forward coach roof are all in good visual condition with no significant damage or distortion. The cosmetic condition is also good although some weather staining was noted. This should easily clean off. It is planned to add a section to cover the opening where the lifting eye was fitted. The addition of an aft bulkhead will create an enclosed wheelhouse. The deck working areas have a renovated non-slip surface.A step test revealed no evidence of de-lamination on the foredeck. No cracking or crazing of the gel coat was noted.
The substantial steel deck fittings including cleats mooring and towing post and lifting eyes are all of adequate size and secure. The securing nuts and bolts seen internally were all secure and in satisfactory condition.
RAILS AND HANDHOLDS
A handrail is fitted across the top of the wheelhouse on each side. This runs down and forward across the sides of the coach roof and round its front. This provides a handhold for persons moving forward.
The handrails are well secured.
ANCHORS CHAIN AND WARP
The main anchor is an admiralty type of 30 kg with at least 10 metres of 10mm close linked galvanised chain and a good length of rope. A kedge anchor is also present.
HATCHES AND ACCESS DOOR
The wheelhouse currently is open to the cockpit but it is planned to add a bulkhead with an access door.
A large hatch is fitted into the coach roof over the forward accommodation. This is secure and in good condition. It can be locked from the inside but the catches need some attention to be fully effective.
The large cockpit is in good structural condition. The height of the bulwarks with the additional top rail gives good protection to persons in the cockpit.
There are seats either side of the cockpit. The starboard seat includes a large locker and a small locker forms the step on the forward end of the port seat.
The covers over the engine and steering hatch are of five bar tread plate, a non slip surface.
WINDOWS AND PORTLIGHTS
Windows are set into the coach roof and wheelhouse sides. These are glass in aluminium frames. Two windows form the windscreen. All are well secured and there is no evidence of water ingress at any of the windows. New wiper blades seen.
A small vent is fitted into the toilet compartment. No fixed vents are fitted.
The vessel has a simple layout. There is a large forward seating compartment with seats on each side. The small wheelhouse has the helm with a seat on the starboard side. Opposite it is a small heads compartment.
There are plans to make adjustments to the helm area to improve access to engine controls and navigation instruments.
BILGES AND HULL INTERIOR
Access to the bilges was possible via lifting hatches in the cockpit, in the engine compartment and in the after end of the accommodation.
The bilges were clean and dry and recently painted.
There was no evidence of any structural problems in any of the bilge areas or structural supports.
The vessel has two 38mm Whale manual pumps, to be fitted at the back of the cockpit with a pickup below the cockpit which will be fitted with a strum box. An electric pump with a 200 gallon/hour rating should also be fitted at the after end of the engine compartment. All bilge pumps exit the vessel at the transom close to the sheer, and thus, well above the waterline.
Electrics and electrical Equipment
The vessel has a twelve volt system to be powered by two 1100AH batteries, charged by the engines. There is also a 240 volt battery charger supplied by shore power.
The two lead acid batteries for the vessel will be sited in a dedicated vented cupboard on the portside at the after end of the seating area behind the seats. The batteries must be secured, and also restrained by the cupboard front.
There are isolation switches for all batteries and it is reported that the domestic batteries can be brought on line to help starting in an emergency.
There is a labelled fuse box and an RCD to protect the 240 volt shore power supply.
Most of the wiring seen is generally in good order tidy and adequately secured.
Any new wiring should be of adequate diameter and well secured.
The vessel has a manual sea toilet fitted in a small compartment. This is secure. the The outlet hose goes to a skin fitting with a valve above the waterline.
A small basin is well secured and the skin fitting for outlet hose is above the waterline. This is fitted with a closing valve.
The engine controls are at the helm. There is a plan to move the main panel from the heads bulkhead across the boat to be more accessible to the helmsperson.
A new loom is available to effect this.
Electronic navigation instruments are to be fitted and include Lowrance GPS, Icom VHF (DSC), an Echo Pilot forward looking sonar/depth sounder and two hand held Icom VHF radios. A compass is fitted and readily available to helmsperson.
The vessel has hydraulic steering and all the component parts seen were in good order. The supply pipes are well secured and all connections appear intact.
The vessel has an emergency tiller. The fitting has been serviced and made to work.
Lifebuoys:- One circular lifebuoy available and one to be purchased. Brackets are secured on wheelhouse sides to hold the lifebuoys
Flares Etc:- None seen
Fire extinguishers :- None on board. It is planned to install automatic extinguishing in the engine compartment and provide an appropriate quantity of general purpose extinguishers.
Life Jackets – None on board but the owner reports the intention to provide these as required.
Liferaft:- A six person liferaft came with the vessel but is out of service.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COMPARTMENT
(A full engine inspection or trials is not part of this survey but the following is noted under a duty of care)
A large lifting hatch will give good access to the engine for service and maintenance The engine bearers are in good condition with no evident problems due to loading. New engine mounts have been purchased.
The engine has been removed from the vessel and has been worked on by Ebbtide Marine at Shamrock Quay in Southampton. Here the engine has been rebuilt. The major work undertaken includes the following. The crankshaft was reground, new seals, piston liners, pistons, large & small bearings and cylinder head. The injectors have been replaced and a new raw water pump fitted. A new turbo has been fitted and the fuel pump reconditioned. There is a new Newage PRM750 3:1 gearbox attached. The original gearbox.The whole engine has been cleaned and repainted with an appropriate Volvo paint.The engine has been dyno tested and achieved 197 HP. The engine is rated at 200HP but with an after cooler fitted this could account for the very slightly reduced measured power. The engine is mounted in the vessel.
The aluminium fuel tank is situated below the sole in the forward seating area and has been opened, cleaned and resealed. The exterior was painted with a protective coating.
An Eberspacher heating system is fitted with demisters to the windscreen. This starts but is probably in need of service.
A towing hitch is fitted at the bow, with a release system. This was not tested.
SUMMARY AND VALUATION
The vessel “Shackleton” was originally built to very high construction standards and has retained its structural integrity. There is much work already undertaken that is all to a very good standard. The work planned to finish the vessel is well thought through with attention paid to both quality and safety.
No recommendations are made apart from those relating to anchoring and safety equipment which should be attended to before the vessel is used.
With the Recommendations attended to, and with the planned work completed then the vessel “Shackleton” should prove to be a reliable vessel within the original design limitations, with a value in the region of £28,000.00 (TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND, POUNDS) and to be a fair insurance risk. July 2012.
The vessel is currently lying ashore at Southampton, and the friendly yard is happy to continue with a new owner, short or long-term.
If you’ve got this far!! then I look forward to hearing back from you!
Please contact me for viewing or for a chat.
077 6666 4515
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Thanks for looking!
Current Price: £16500.00
This Heavy Duty; Sound & Safe; Work / Survey / Fishing / Dive Boat boat is located in Alton, GU34 4PX and is being sold on eBay by petersmarine33.