DAS BOOT

 

Here is the boat I'll be installing the engine into. Its a 1979  Glastron Carlson CVX 18.  It came complete with broken trailer springs  and rotted out interior.

Boat;Before Project

This photo shows the  interior completely gutted out. Note the exposed stringers in the foreground. The inner transom plate is in  position for measurements.

Here's the engine mount in position.  Transom assembly is in, along with a new steering system. The new flooring can be seen in the foreground.

eng mount; transom plate/carrier

To maintain some originality of the boat, I modified  the stock instrument panel to accept the aviation style gauges.

Instrument panel

Gauges, from left to right are: Speedo, 3in1 eng (oil press - oil temp - fuel pressure,) N1 tach, N2 tach, Turbine outlet temp, and Torque pressure

Here's the engine mounted in the boat. The exhaust stacks are on, the oil tank is mounted, the batteries are in and the out drive trim pump is mounted on the left.

engine mounted

Here's a shot of the driveline, the scatter shield is off for clarity.  

drive line installed

  Here's a shot of the whole works, showing intake screen and scatter shield below it. The mercruiser shift-plate linkage is seen in the right foreground

 

July 23rd, 2000   Das Boot is in the water and ready for a test run. 

Splash test

My friend Marty , the outdrive expert, stands by as I spool up the engine.

1st test run

We set out for the first test run, a little apprehensive.

Push off from dock

Das boot Idling out to open water. If you look carefully you can see the water which cools the oil, exiting from the boat above the outdrive.  At Marty's advice, I directed the water so it will cool the upper bearing in the outdrive top cap, a common problem spot.

idling out

Here's the boat at speed. Boat maintains good attitude and ride despite the extremely light-weight of the engine in the back and the added fuel load which is placed up in the front.

Fly by

Preliminary test runs show the boat has great potential for high speeds. I'm still trying different props to obtain best results. So far speeds in excess of 60 mph have been recorded with n2 (output shaft) at only 50% of its max. Stay tuned for updates.

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