Hagley Gunpowder Brandywine River Here is how a boater gets an outing while the boat is on the hard. A section of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Del holds a marine history experience as the river falls in such a way that industry harnessed the waterway for gunpower production. Seabuddy visited the Hagley Power Yard that the DuPont family has restored. It was the US start of their family businesses.
Back in In 1813 a Frenchman, Mr. du Pont, chose the banks of Brandywine River to start his black powder mills, the Hagley Power Yard. He chose that location because of the natural energy that the water here provided the power for the mill. Local trees produced the charcoal used in black power production. Sulfur is also needed and it came in from France and Italy. Then the Saltpeter also needed came from India via English ships. These ships used the nearby Delaware River to get the raw materials in and the finished product out and onto the rest of the world (for instance, Africa, South America and Australia). Du Pont’s black powder factory became the largest black power maker in the world.
Thus they made one of the the building products of canals ( please see my book … http://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Guide-York-Waterways-Champlain/dp/1565542509 ) rail roads, the mining industry, tunnels, and roads. They also made 40% of the gun power used by the US Army and Navy during the Civil War. By the way, these mills closed in 1821.
There are multiple historical buildings to see here, the main home, and a very good look at where and how the du Pont Company moved onto other businesses. Women’s nylons, paint, Kevlar by du Pont which “helps [boat} hulls reinforced with Kevlar® be lighter yet tougher and more damage-tolerant, and perform better under hydrodynamic fatigue loading”. Cobalt boats use it.
Allow lots of time to see it all.
Pizza by Elizabeths. Simply put; it is world class. A do-not-miss meal. The décor and food is special. The place celebrates women named Elizabeth. They have gluten free pizza crusts as a choice, as well traditional crusts. Seabuddy had a meatball, tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheeses pizza named the “Hasselbeck”. My wife had a “Claiborne” with basil pesto, chopped tomatoes, she deleted her cheese, with perfectly done chunks of chicken added at her request for her pizza. 4019 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 (302) 654-4478
Winterthur Home / Garden Tour. The “Garden Club of America awarded Henry Francis du Pont their Medal of Honor, proclaiming him, One of the best, even the best, gardener this country has ever produced.” Seabuddy would like to see these gardens in late April.
Take a tour of the home any time to see its exquisite 175 spaces in which the du Ponts entertained family and friends in grand style several generations later than the gunpowder folks. The collection of objects is over-whelming. The web site says “These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight.”
Do all three of these in a very long “dawn to dusk” day at your own risk.
43’ 6” New cruiser/ bow rider with a 13’ 4” beam.
Four Winns says “opening up the bow, this new boat will satisfy the most discerning customer looking for the perfect boat to entertain family and friends.
“We challenged the design team to look at a typical 43’ cruiser style boat and find a way to create more useful space,” stated Christophe Lavigne, vice-president of Engineering and Design for Rec Boat Holdings. “The front of the boat, with limited useful space above deck, became the obvious target for innovation. The result is the open bow concept that does not sacrifice the living space below deck,” Lavigne said.
You must start in the bow on the Horizon 440, its most unique feature. Large enough to hold your kid’s soccer team, the bow is packed with storage, built-in cooler, plenty of seating including extra-long lounges and a hydraulic table that rises from the floor, eliminating the need for storage. For the sunny afternoons, an optional sun shade provides protection while island hopping through the Bahamas. A JL Audio 5-speaker sound system provides the perfect party lounge. The cockpit of the Horizon 440 is patterned after the legendary Vista series from Four Winns providing plenty of room to move around and entertain. The rear, U-shaped seating area delivers plenty of seating room and entertaining is a breeze with the full refreshment center housing a refrigerator, icemaker and sink. Optional cockpit air conditioning is available for the warmer climates. The captain of the new
Horizon 440 is well equipped with IPS controls, double-wide companion helm seating with electric, 6-way adjustment for the driver. The aft area of the boat is a true outdoor living room, with a grill, sun lounger and large swim platform.
When your family is ready to stop for the night, move down below to a very cruiser-esque cabin area featuring a full size head with separate shower, open galley area and comfortable sofa with 40” TV. You can bring all your friends along with plenty of sleeping room featuring a queen size bed, aft cabin and forward berth.
The Horizon 440 bow cruiser is powered with Volvo Penta IPS twin 500 or 600 horsepower.
Do you love bow riders?
Triple outboards from either Mercury Marine or Yamaha are on the newest Chris Craft sport boat.. This new 2015 Chris Craft runabout.is their entry into the currently hot and popular 34’ center console.
It has a fairly popular beam of 10’ 10” for this length; joining Regulator, Everglades, Southport, as well as Boston Whaler by being within 2” of them in its beam. But the very strong seller, Grady White boat is ¾ of a foot wider in beam. You will “feel” that difference on the water.
One may want to explore a much narrower (up to two to three feet narrower) of a high speed center console design (the 39’ 6” Cigarette has a beam of just 8’) for more boat speed. Seabuddy does not have any speed numbers yet for the Chris Craft 34’, but it should be in the mid-50s. Note, however, that some of the GO-FAST center console boats test out at up to 80 mph.
The only unit of this boat available, for the time being, is offered by Grande Yachts International, a major Chris Craft dealer. Seabuddy shows their boat in the water in a photo in this posting. This boat is powered by the three Mercury Marine outboards choice. Full production of this model is planned to hit the Chris Craft dealer network in spring, 2015.
While this new fish boat has special features to make it very easy to fish out of; the styling, fit, finish, and “stylish look” is pure Chris Craft. Chris Craft runabouts are designed, engineered and built in Sarasota, Florida. Chris-Craft says it has captivated those of us boaters with an appreciation for the finer things, with exceptional style, seaworthy functionality and attention to the smallest details.
Going on, they say… “There will is nothing traditional about the bow area of this boat compared to other Center Consoles today. The seating and sunpad conversion for sun bathing will be a simple process to convert it for whatever the occasion, boasting a double sun lounger with arm rests and drink holders.
You can expect 360 visibilities while navigating to your destination from the helm of the new 34 with ample space to manage all with the latest of a (Glass Helm) from Garmin. The true glass (not plastic) windshield offers increased visibility and provides comfort to the helm and two companion chairs against inclement weather.
Below the forward helm seating and console you will find overnighting capabilities with a nicely appointed berth and head. The use of this space is endless for the fisherman, scuba diver, and overnighter.
The cockpit provides all the accommodations for a day of fishing, with plenty of room to work your trolling rods, or a day of cruising with friends and family, with hideaway seating and the ability to convert to a complete wrap around configuration comfortable at any speed.”
Finally, Chris Craft says that the combination of power, comfort, and Chris-Craft styling in the new Catalina 34 will make this boat a “one of a kind” on the water.
LOA: 42′ 6″ Beam: 13’Maximum Horsepower: 1,675 Hp Minimum Horsepower: 1,200 Hp. Note that the deadrise at the transom is 22º.
Boston Whaler says ”With huge comfort, major capability and loads of state-of-the-art features, Boston Whaler’s all-new 420 Outrage is truly a boat like no other. From the expansive bow with innovative seating, to the beautifully designed, convertible helm and cockpit areas, to the gracious, well-equipped cabin, it’s a champion for onboard entertaining and pleasure cruising, whether close to home or way offshore. With so many gracious spaces to settle in for the day, this is the boat you’ll want to enjoy with family and friends. And, true to its Outrage lineage, serious sport fishing falls squarely within its domain. Performance is also astounding. Look to quad Mercury Verado 300s with Joystick Piloting for incredible power and precision. Plus, Mercury’s integrated SmartCraft VesselView display, power steering and digital throttle and shift combine on the 420 to deliver a sophisticated, seamless command experience. And Whaler’s new dynamic running surface hull technology, featuring automatically adjusting trim tabs, enhances ride quality to new levels.”
For a center console, this boat has a big cabin with many amenities. This is Boston Whaler’s discussion points at this time. The fish ability of the new boat is going to come up on sea trail by the fishing magazines. They do a good job on that.
What is left un-said… Why the maximum power rating of 1,675 horsepower for the new boat? Currently there are no outboard combinations that add up to that number. And there are no sets of 4 or 5 outboard engine sets that add up to that number, either.
This one comes from Chevy/ GM like many of the classic era engines. It is a powerful engine in a Chris Craft. It acts like a big block but is within the small block family tree.
What is different with this engine? The block is aluminum, not cast iron, so it is a light weight package and comes with closed cooling, so the engine internals never touches the water that you boat in. The valve train features VVT or continuously variable valve timing (VVT). Chevy says “Athletes understand that proper breathing is critical to maintaining peak performance under all conditions, and so do Chevrolet powertrain engineers. Getting air in and exhaust gases out of the combustion chamber under all speeds [makes more power]. Chevrolet’s VVT system uses electro-hydraulic actuators between the drive sprocket and camshaft to twist the cam relative to the crankshaft position. Adjusting the cam phasing in this manner allows the valves that are actuated by that camshaft to be opened and closed earlier or later.”
Hot Rod magazine says “The beauty of VVT is that an improvement in high-rpm power doesn’t sacrifice bottom-end torque.”
Volvo marinized this Chevy V8-380 (and its sister 430 HP version) for Chris Craft. Volvo says “it is the next generation of gasoline engine performance for powerboats. Modern technology and advanced design deliver improved acceleration, impressive mid-range response, reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions and quiet, smooth operation. All in a lighter and more durable package. This next generation engine is a perfect match for the Duoprop drive, featuring twin counter-rotating propellers.”
Cigarette Racing offers the regular production option for its customers of high performance Center Consoles of either 300 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Marine or 350 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Racing. That is 1,750 HP! These engines weight from 635 lbs to 667 lbs. each. Their WOT rpm range vary by HP rating and even by shaft length.
The boat specifications are length: 42′, beam:11’9″ and Fuel Capacity of 500 Gallons.
Cigarette Racing says “the all-new 42′ Huntress exemplifies Cigarette’s determination to continually innovate and expand its horizons. By merging a performance hull with an entertainment-centric deck and cabin created a total lifestyle powerboat. The efficient hull propels this boat up to exhilarating speeds yet even with its gracious and spacious deck and lounge, the boat’s extreme agility and easy-handling belie its size.
Its twin-step, deep-vee hull efficiently and smoothly runs the water, while the lightweight, composite, structure and framework has been further refined, lowering weight and improving the balance. The hardtop follows the lines of the vessel, and the weight has been further reduced to lower the center of gravity. Twin steps aid easy on-plane acceleration and smooth running and the easy handling may surprise the first-time captain.
All-new CNC tooling was used to create all-new Cigarette with extra room to spare above and below deck, where 7+ foot headroom provides surprising freedom of movement.”
Cigarette Racing sells many of its boats to South Florida boaters. There boaters prefer outboards for power over stern drives (I/Os). Also outboards are showing sales gains now. However, some of the reasons for an outboard preference are neutered in this horsepower and speed range.
“There isn’t a single GM part on this engine,” Seabuddy quotes Brett Martin, a MerCruiser manager at Mercury Marine. This engine was purpose-built for marine use and delivers Mercury’s proven performance, durability and ease of service.”. All of its parts need to come from Mercury Marine and its dealers. No pistons, rings, cranks, etc are from a GM car engine.
“We are proud to introduce the next generation of stern-drive technology with this ground-breaking new engine,” said John Pfeifer, the president of Mercury Marine. “This engine was purpose-built for marine use.”
Major components of the MerCruiser 4.5L engine include a newly designed rear-facing throttle body, a special anti-whistle throttle plate, engine cover and mounts, lightweight flywheel, fuel supply module and structural oil pan” Mercury Marine has taken the initiative to design a lightweight, high-displacement V-6 marine engine that is not dependent on automotive technology,” said Buck Pegg, from Chaparral Boats The 4.5L V-6 the engine was built with cast-iron componentry wherever the engine encounters seawater and corrosion-resistant aluminum and composites everywhere else. Digital rather than analog sensors are used throughout the engine.
It has been noted that he 4.5L can be installed in single- and twin-engine applications and it is compatible with company’s full series of Alpha and Bravo drives. Fresh design innovations such as a long runner and scrolled intake manifold as well as the higher displacement than the Chevy V-6 , which allows for an good power-to-weight ratio.
This V-6 engine weighs about 130 pounds less than a 5.0L V-8 Chevy small block, yet provides similar on-the-water performance within a smaller boat. With a shorter stroke than a Chevy V-6 engine, the power comes on higher and one can prop your boat to run as much as 5,200 rpms at W.O.T.
A V-6 engine allows for a bigger cockpit by about 6-8 inches. In a small boat that will make any boat more family friendly than the bigger engine box or sun pad that a V-8 requires.
One does not think that a canal way that opened next to Washington D. C.s Potomac River in 1850 would still be a source of boating fun in 2014. But it was last weekend for Seabuddy. My photos contained here are from early November, 2014.
Today it is a paddling, canoeing, biking, walking, jogging, and scenic, tree lined adventure within Washington D.C. and onto Cumberland. The canal is now a park, with a fairly flat trail going along the old towpath and locks. This 184 mile long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (or C& O Canal) goes along the river in its own hand-dug channel from Washington, D. C. to Cumberland, MD. It was built and used as a commercial operation for this length from 1850 to 1924, when a flood damaged it beyond economic repair.
Seabuddy has studied cruising in canals for his book, Cruising Guide to New York Waterways and Lake Champlain. That book is a thick one, sort of like a Manhattan Yellow Pages on what to see and do by boat within N Y state and the states that its waterways share with N Y state. In other words areas of Vermont and Canada that share waterways with NY are also covered.
My book is a firsthand account that details/covers about 1,100 miles of the popular waterways, including Lake Champlain, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Thousand Islands. My personal knowledge complements the data on the NOAA charts. Here is a link… http://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Guide-York-Waterways-Champlain/dp/1565542509/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415632393&sr=1-1&keywords=new+york+waterways+and+lake+champlain
Now back to the C and O Canal. I visited one of the visitor centers that is open year around; the Great Falls Tavern Visitor’s Center. There is a lock here, but the water level was at the winter, non-navigational level. But, some folks paddled their kayaks through the canal way even at this level when I was there.
George Washington first got the idea for a canal/shipping waterway about the time of the French and Indian War. He formed the Potomac Company to make the first start at it. That was not a fully separate ditch and proved to be not the way to go. By, 1825 the C&O Company was created to provide an economic trade route between the eastern seaboard and the West.
President John Quincy Adams put the first, ground breaking shovel of dirt in July, 1828. The full canal was completed and opened to commercial traffic in 1850. Traffic peaked with 850,000 tons of goods in 1871, spread out over 500 canal boats. This was mostly coal coming to the D. C. area. Then traffic went down slowly.
The main competition was the B & O railroad out of Baltimore, MD. There also was the nationwide depression of the 1870s. Then there were two major floods, one in 1877 and then in 1886. B& O bought the canal company via buying its bonded indebtedness. The flood in 1924 ended the canal way commercial operations and closed it until the Park’s system re-opened it for boating fun.
34’ Center Consoles are hot marine merchandise. Up until the 2015 model year, these boats were almost exclusively powered with twin outboards. Now, warm water and warm weather based boats are being delivered with triple outboard engines. There is no question about it; triples are the hot power in that market. Twins are the way to go in all the other markets, though. Boat builders are doing what they need to their boat offerings to accommodate three engine as well as two engine new center console boats.
Yamaha Helm Master™ uses …” rigging that digitally connects an enhanced binnacle control, a high-definition LCD screen, electronic steering, an electronic ignition panel, a theft-deterrent system and an innovative joystick. Together these components form a true drive-by-wire system that responds instantly to your command.” This system is intended for boat builder installation only right now.
Typically, a designated employee at a given boat builder receives all the training and trouble-shooting knowledge that insures that the boat and power works as intended by Yamaha, as each boat model and power package is a somewhat custom installation. One hears the word “calibrated”, which to Seabuddy means that making this system work right on a boat is heavily dependent on the marine tech that installs it.
Note, your boat dealer is getting proper training before any arrival of a Yamaha Helm Master equipped boat to support local boats that are boat builder rigged. Along with dealer-level training there are many forms of support that your new boat dealer gets from the Yamaha factory.
The entire Helm Master™ system is covered by a Yamaha factory warranty for the first three years of a new boat. But, if you plan on keeping your rig, say, six years, you cannot buy extended warranty coverage. To understand what I am talking about you can buy and cover all your other Yamaha stuff under the Yamaha Extended service coverage (Y.E.S.), It is sold separately at extra cost and covers Yamaha product up to six years. That exclusion could be a worry, as most of us own their boats for longer than 3 years.
By the way, fans of Mercury Marine will be happy to hear that it offers a similar program for its outboard engines.
Just introduced, your boat’s drink cup holders will chill your drinks.
Ask for Dometics’ new Cup Cooler from your boat builder, marina, or ship’s store to get the new one.
“The Cup Cooler makes your last sip even colder than your first. It allows boaters to keep a can, bottle or any appropriately sized beverage container chilled on even the hottest days, something that a typical cup holder or can koozie can’t begin to accomplish,” said Ned Trigg, Sr. VP of Global System Sales at Dometic Marine. “A soda or beer may be cold enough when you pull it out of the ice chest, but from that moment on, it starts warming up. Now, for the first time in the history of boating, your beverage will actually get colder as you drink it.”
Cans of soda, beer, and many bottles fit and are in contact with the electrically chilled sides of the Cup Cooler, which further chills your drink with its cooling element as you skipper your boat, friends fish, or the kids lounge in the sun. The angled bottom shape insert allows it to work, outstandingly, with many shapes.
It is designed to fit different thicknesses helm areas and decks and wires into your choice of an accessory switch or you can run several into one switch. Domestic has provided a drain each cup holder and it is cleaned, polished 316 stainless steel trim ring and a similar easy-clean aluminum interior. It is also lighted inside.
Here is a minute-long video on the Dometic Cup Cooler, please visit http://youtu.be/DpYZ5tBOqUc.
Some of these photos are from me (Seabuddy), from where I saw it for the first time in early fall, and then Dometic’s photos. Mine is the least pretty one.