Were you a part of the team that use to bring the boat(s) to Innovation for service? I had met several of the gentlemen that brought the boats in. I was there in 2000. I remember my boss asking me if I saw that boat (the HSB) and I simply replied, Yes. He said No You Don't, because, that boat doesn't exist. The SEALs had a lot of neat toys to play with.
You guys broke a lot of toys!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the background. It was fascinating to read your posts. I am looking for the simplest way to get this boat powered, which will sacrifice some horsepower and top end. Going back to the whole inboard/outboard setup is not an option given the complicated logistics involved. Stainless marine makes a multi engine bracket that also gives some lift (how much?) to the back end to offset the weight of the outboards.
The outboard option is a much simpler, more fuel efficient one, given my limited experience of having only rebuilt my main boat, Jerry Langers 27 foot, 1966 magnum #10.
I just found out that there are 4 bladder tanks in the boat, with the understanding that those bladders have a limited life (10 years?). That will be a pain to rip those tanks out and replace with a couple aluminum ones. It will though make it easier in the end than having to deal with the fuel control panel that has a bunch of valves that looks like a real mess to get working again if the four bladder tank configuration was replaced.
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I was the last boat guy in the HSB det at SBU 12 before the program was decomissioned in 98. the boats weighed 14,600 lb dry. they had twin innovation marine 557 chevy engines , (ours were carburated but later models had fuel injection) this looks like a 4th generation hull to me. is it under water exhaust? there was a borg warner 1 to 1 transmission and mercruser speed master 3a out drives. running rolla 21 degree pitch semi surface piercing props. it also had 3ft long k planes. The interesting thing about that hull is it has 25 degres of dead rise vice the full race 23 degres which made it handle the seas a little better but slowed them down a bit. It should have 4 100 gallon fuel cells. Proper paint is a light blue and grey tiger stripes top speed was 60 knots in smooth water and a lot of tab and kplane adjustment. engines put out about 600 hp, 600 ft lbs of torque, and would max out at about 5200 RPM, we would cruise at 4k and do about 40 Kts feel free to contact me [email protected]
THIS IS THE BEST BOAT I WAS EVER ON
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Too cool! Lots of neat info in this thread, thanks to all for sharing.
Gnarly boat! Its a wonder the SSMIII's took the beating put on them!
Somewhere I have a picture of about 5 of them docked in Fishermans Warf in Key West...
Just B-Dock'n it.......
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