Martime History

Miss America X

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I am fascinated by the early generation of high-speed powerboats from the early part of the 20th century. These vessels had some interesting features such as bow rudders, low deadrise stepped hydroplane hulls, wood construction. The most outrageous example was Miss America X with four 1800 hp Packard V12 engines which were later used in […]

Cyclone moorings

Avoid a Grade T time bomb

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Alloy chain, normally sold as grade T or grade 800 is typically 2 to 3 times stronger than the chain normally used in moorings. Occasionally, you see this chain and more often the associated fittings making its way onto moorings when parts get substituted as mooring components wear. Unfortunately this high-strength chain undergoes chemical changes […]