Richard Lynch has shared several new photos. You’ll see them randomly in the header on the home page and a beautiful shot of the Blue Angels flying over his boat on his member page here.
My husband Patrick and I have just purchased Gale Force (N47). We can’t say enough good about Ken and Becky Fickett and all the assistance we’ve received during our search and purchase. The Zavelsons’, from whom we purchased the boat, have also been terrific. We have renamed the boat to JOURNEY and have so many hopes and dreams about where this new life journey will take us. We are looking forward to meeting others from the GHTA.
Hello fellow Great Harbour Trawler Association members,
As mentioned in the email sent to all members, I am hoping many in the community can update this page with their location and status. If there are any boats that the rest of us can assist, please let us know.
Hauling and Blocking a Great Harbour 47
Disclaimer – this has been written by Henry Dennig from comments I have collected from various owners. I do not have any engineering background. I would recommend anyone having their boat hauled and blocked, should discuss this event with Ken Fickett before having it done. If you have any suggestions or comments on this post, please let me know – hjd
When hauling a Great Harbour 47, the slings should be aligned with the internal structural walls. The aft lifting point is salon/engine room wall, which is forward of the salon windows, and before the port light.
The forward lifting point is the forward berth wall. Directly forward of the bathroom / office port light. Below the pilot house doors.
Ideally the boat should be lifted with four lifting straps to spread the weight but can be lifted with a travel lift using two straps.
The boat does not have stabilizers, nor spray rails.
The Great Harbour 47 does NOT have a keel. The weight of the boat must be supported around the edge of the boat. Each side of the boat should have five blocks/jack stands. If jack stands are used, they must be chained.
A blocking under the transom and bow can be done after the sides are supported.
Photos of past hauling and blocking
Preferred lifting with four straps
Forward strap at the front of pilot house
Rear strap in front of ladder door
Front strap in front of salon window
Rear strap in front of engine exhaust
Our bow thruster battery bank consists of two 12 volt AGM
start/deep-cycle batteries. Monitoring the charge state of the these
batteries under the bed is a pain in the neck. To ease the problem, I
recently made and installed a battery monitor such that the voltage
and charging current of each battery quickly can be monitored without
taking the mattress and hatch covers off. If anyone is interested in
installing one of these please contact me for details.
A related issue was the negative terminal on the port battery. This
terminal suffered a partial meltdown due to a loose connection in July
2010. A repair allowed continued operation without battery
replacement. Unfortunately, during installation of the battery
monitor, a crack was observed across the face of the terminal. When I
wiggled it, the terminal broke off nearly flush with the top of the
case. Although the battery is old, considering the cost of a new
battery, a repair attempt seemed worthwhile. The repair worked – a new
terminal was successfully cast onto the old terminal stub. A load test
with the bow thruster confirmed that operation of the new terminal
under heavy load current is satisfactory. Please contact me if you
need details on the battery terminal repair procedure.