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Old Jul 26, 2009, 09:38 AM
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Baywatch Lifeguard Boat

I've been wanting to get started on this for some time, so I'll just do it now, and fit it in between other jobs.

The LA County Fire Department includes the Lifeguard division, which is the real Baywatch. Pam Anderson need not apply.

The Baywatch fleet is comprised of multipurpose rescue boats in a few variations... but they all appear to be twin prop diesel powered deep vees with a third diesel to run a fire pump. Crew is two highly qualified lifeguards-- these guys are swimmers, paramedics, firemen, and Coast Guard-approved for boat handling and towing. I started a thread on the boats themselves here:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=530370

... but this thread will cover my build.
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 09:44 AM
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I'm most interested in in LACOFD #12- a nice 32 footer with a 12 ft beam for which I have a lot of pictures. The boats were built by Seaway Boats in Long Beach. As they were unwilling to release plans, I've worked something out instead: Started with lines taken from a Dumas Trojan, which has a very similar hull forward, and then tweaked the rear from a tumble-home design to the right form of the Seaway boat. Then working from a couple hundred photos, laid in the inner structure. It's close.

Model will be 1:12 scale, 32 inches long.
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 08:35 PM
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That looks really nice, Pat. I have trouble fitting just one build in-between the rest of life, and you are tackling (at least!) two complicated builds at once. Makes me feel depressed....sigh. I really enjoy watching you work though, and seeing the masterpieces you create.

Phillip
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 10:32 AM
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Baywatch

Hi Pat
Are you going to carve a figure of Pam Anderson to go with your boat ?
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 11:50 AM
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Hi Pat
Are you going to carve a figure of Pam Anderson to go with your boat ?
Baywatch had boats? I must have been distracted....
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 12:34 PM
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Please read the first note.
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Old Jul 30, 2009, 01:05 AM
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Hello Pat this is the rustbucket I am a friend of UMIs up here in Portland .
I look over your sight tonight. YOU Brought back some old memorys to me . For in 2000 I sent in a story about the DDG USS SULLIVANS . That I did in RC ( Scale ship modler )
I was lucky enought to have it on the front cover . To this day i still have the ship but it now has a flight 2 in back and I up dated the ship to the USS Bluckely DDG 84. I did not know you were part of the mag. Never did get a chance to say thankyou at the time. NOT sure if you were with the Mag at that time. Never got a chance to say thank you to any body that was part of it . To bad we lost the Mag I allways enjoyed seeing it.
Sorry GUYS for being off topic but I just wanted to to pat a long over due Thank you. DON That Portland Rustbucket
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Old Jul 05, 2010, 10:08 PM
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Well, other projects have kept me from making progress on the Baywatch boat... but every now and then I go back and visit the originals. Did so today, saw a couple more versions of these boats made by Seaways... a Sheriff's boat, and a Santa Monica Police boat. They're trying to inspire me to get back to it!
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Old Jul 05, 2010, 10:41 PM
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...They're trying to inspire me to get back to it!
I hope they are successful! this boat needs to get done!
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Old Jul 06, 2010, 07:33 PM
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One more of the Sheriff's version.
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Old Jul 07, 2010, 11:00 PM
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Strakes

I have never incorporated strakes into any of my hulls. I have seen how they are done on some builds (I.E. in the frames), but how do you do it after the hull bottom is already finished?
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 07:32 AM
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id do something like the stringers on then sand them down a little and then use some resin to blend them in with your glass work
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Old Jul 08, 2010, 08:25 PM
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By "strakes", do you mean the spray rails/strips, on the hull bottom? I just glue things like that directly to the glassed hull.

Properly, a strake is a hull plank.
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Old Sep 01, 2010, 11:21 PM
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I have never incorporated strakes into any of my hulls. I have seen how they are done on some builds (I.E. in the frames), but how do you do it after the hull bottom is already finished?
The bottom strakes are actually long triangular strips that are screwed and bonded to the bottom of the hull, and then glassed in with the rest of the hull. I have pics of an actual Seaway being built this way>
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