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This page is our weekly progress log for the Greg Moore re-conversion and refit of the Model 60 Long range sportfisher 1994 Mikelson yacht 750 HP 24 knot as of May 13th 2015.
All new engines, mechanical, electrical, appliances, gel kote and paint will be 100% restored and the hull core readied to like new condition.  Sea trails to commence upon completion. 

        Greg Moore's team is doing complete refit down to hull. Project begins Feb 24th, 2014 at the Host shipyard Neilson and Beaumonts shipyard on shelter island and is Estimated to take 16 months and cost $210,000 cash plus one and half year of the engineers time and 4000 additional man hours to make her beautiful again. Thats $300,000 hard solid new boat build effort as of May 13th 2015. 
      Boat Yard San Diego will facilitate restoration after Shelter Island Boat yards Wayne host crane and engine removal services. Naval Architectural support by Dick Peterson and his knowledgeable staff of brokers at Mikelson yachts. 
    Diesel Engine technical support by James Garcia of Hawthorne never materialized, nor did support from valley diesel the MTU dealer  nor did a half a dozen top diesel engine consultants and especially ricks machine shop they all sucked. We were on our own.  So we hired from MTU of germany the shop foreman Hans Fuhrer and we bought our own diesel engine shop for close to a quarter million dollars for just the tools. A year later we are in full production with several other german diesel rebuilds underway. We quite possibly may have the best engine rebuild shop in the county right now. Other major engine sales agencies are asking us to rebuild for them. We like offering the heavy material handling and machine shop capabilities all in house. 
     Painting and hull surface coating by Moore Marine. All electrical engineering provided by San Diego Boat Electric
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All 4 Engines out of boat and into warehouse for repair

Upon further inspection the engineer suggested we pull all 4 engines completely out of boat. A meeting was called and after careful consideration the engineers numbers showed the engines would be better and over it would be about the same cost since it will make restoring the surrounding engine room to like new condition much easier. 

   All four engines were pulled out on shelter island, we were towed there and just chose the closest yard with crane we could use. Dick Peterson of Mikelson Yachts was there and stopped by to give us tips on the over all project. It took quite a long time to get engines and generators ready for extraction. They must be stripped down to block to be able to slide out the biggest opening. There's a trick to getting them out. It took many hours of engineering to work everything out but we made up for it at the shipyard. All four engines were out and on Greg Moores truck in 4 hours and the boat was left undamaged. A fallen engine could easily sink a boat or crush a contractor. 
  The engines will be gin a total over haul with all new parts. The cases that are good and main frame work and block or main housings that appear new upon inspection are kept, cleaned up and machined at machine shop for perfect surfaces. All new parts will be used. 
  The crank and cam will need to be inspected. Any microscopic signs of pitting would demand replacement. A routine test at machine shop test the integrity of block, crank and cams. All bearings and seals will be new. All airways and intakes simply cleaned up. Much of marinization is aluminum and when inspected under microscope showed very little signs of corrosion other than typical surface oxidation. Those are all calls the engineer must make. he whips out the micrometer and magna camera and determines parts that are rejects. each part must be perfect and meet perfect specs. You cant have high horsepower diesel engines and not rebuild them by the book. fast paced cowboy mechanics will not work well on these engines. This are pocet protector math and thousands of measurements and double checks. 
   The warehouse is dedicated to just the over haul of these engines. A clean room environment free of contamination and sabotage. Secured entry and video surveillance keep an eye on project 24/7 and images post online.
    Next report will be the result of the test on the pass or failed components. 

Sorry MTU and Mercedes ONLY, the numbers don't lie.

After 4 months of research the only reason to change out these engines is if you are commerial boat and its mandatory. Everyone said MTus were tough to get parts so we spent two months evaluating model year 2014 engines. It would be so much easier to just throw in new engines that are environmentally more friendly and electronic but the research shows what we have is still the best?
    You can't get more power out of an engine, lighter or more simple than our MTUs or an early 90's Cat 3208 engine. All those newer engines in the 50-60 ft boat range are all, in line 6 cylinders. Those arent a high but they are real long. I'd rather have the space elsewhere or more space for fuel. 
   As far as electronic engines, they can shut down and be problematic with electrical issues. We have had DDEC and newer cummins shut down and not restart just because a battery charger failed. I'd rather have an engine that still runs when everything else shuts down. We can easily wire it the old fashion or low tech way to be protected. 
  Our engines (the whole project enchilada) had the MTU serial number tags removed by unknown persons which you would think you could easily reverse engineer and find it. But it was not possible without asking for help. Three engineers tried and we needed to go back to manufacture at Mikelson yachts and the man himself Mr. Patrick Sullivan sends them to us. All that work, we never dreamed Mikelsons would still have those numbers. They foudn them during their big boat show setup. I was quite impressed with that record keeping. Once we punched those numbers into MTUS and Mercedes computers, all of our parts are in stock and none were obsolete.
    Torque specs and drawings popped right up for easy procurement and all the parts list and part numbers came to life. Every detail about our boat, tranny and engine were in those computers. The MTU rep of north america said if the engines are maintained properly, we should get another 30 years out of them.
     You can't just surf too some internet site and get info on these 1993 engines but once your inside the MTU network, your probably as safe as having a 3208 CAT the king of all engines. The MTU version gives you more horsepower, lighter package, less fuel and german engineering for ease of overhaul.  
   Our base mercedes engine is still working in over 3 million trucks in europe today because tractor trailers aren't quiet a big as ours there.1 million busses in south america and mexico have them in service but only about 1000 yachts in the USA have them in this small size. Most MTU of today are over 1000 HP and found often in mega yachts and commercial ships. 
  The fuel pump case body is not manufactured anymore. However its still easily serviced at any bosch fuel injection facility. Its imperative that we start with the fuel pumps, the heart of the engine. If our fuel pumps can be serviced up to par and delivery the fuel pressure we need, we have a 100% guarantee we can be successful. These engines will hum and can get support for many years to come. Without our fuel pumps, say one got stolen, you might as well sell the engines. In the words of the mercedes guy "that engine could run another 30 years but treat that fuel pump right."  
  Lastly, over at boat show theres a 1995 boat like ours for sale for $445,000. We are not not saying this boat will have that kind of appraisal value when we are done but Greg Moore the project engineer is going there to see how nice it is OR how much more work we still need to be the best boat 
  All engine and genset parts for heads, exhaust, turbos and such are over at shop getting restored. Most of the items look like they cleaned up no problem. Soon we will start a parts list to acquire every part that is not within blueprint tolerance or shows under an industrial microscope any signs of pitting or corrosion. 
  The Long block overhaul will be done in place and in frame. A custom built gantry crane has been built to lift 3000 lbs. To pull port engine the cockpit bathroom, the cockpit cabinetry and all the teak decking had to be been removed to expose the big hatches the built to pull engines out. Once in 20 years, its alot of work but worth it to be able to restore the engine room under the engine and in the bilges. 

3 month Rewire done now onto engine room and back decks

From the minute we found vessel it was the builder intention to take off all the back deck teak and take it down to fiberglass and start over. Many other options were discussed. 

1.The option to put new teak over the old teak was looked at and the engineer felt the rubber and wood would swell unevenly upon watertight breach and fail prematurely. 
2. The team then looked at putting west systems over the old teak and then doing an epoxy non skid and paint all white. Good solution and it's all ready for bloody decks. 
3. Moore the builder went with this option: He felt 1 and 2 didn't have the yacht feel of luxury. He also suggested possibly doing upper deck teak and lower fishing cockpit deck in non skid.

Conclusion: 
Back teak decking is being removed 100% and then fiberglass grounded and roughed up for good adhesion layer to clean glass and epoxy. Then with simple teak decking methods found in many decking systems online instructions the foundation rubber laid in section and solid teak strip of a full 3/4 thickness speced evenly with 1/4 dowel rod cuts. The edges of perimeter will all be round with 1/2 router bit. The corners of rounded hatches will be rounded and 6 inch pieces of solid teak put in each corner. All teak strips will have stainless steel fasteners and 3/8 plugs. each fastener is to be drilled down exactly no more than 1/2 and plugged. The grooves will then be filled with special black marine decking caulking. Once dried all the glue sanded off same level as wood taking special care not to sand to much of the wood. The wood will then be oiled with high grade teak oil and not varnished. The cap rails and trim pieces will all be sanded and varnished with 8 kotes of urethane varnish. 

Another big problem the OEM didn't do was lower the deck hatch hinges in the cockpit enough so that they don't injure feet. The way the Mikelson builder had them installed, in the mexico heat they would severely burn you and other times it was far to easy to stub your toe. Moore felt he wanted users to feel like kids back there and recess the hinge down even with teak so the entire cockpit area is child proofed for adults having fun.   

The plastic parts installed in bait tank windows, shower doors, washdown doors and others were removed and all new see thru materials are being installed. 

The fish rod holders and hand rails are all removed and will be taken out for professional polishing. 

The upper plastic glass windows and panels are all being replaced with new panels and all snaps replaced for total new top canopy for the closed flybridge. 

The flybridge overhead and dash components in direct sunlight will be painted in two part epoxy primer and sanded for 4 kotes of topkote semi gloss. 

The tuna tower and flybridge with get all new cushions and brand new foam and upholstery everywhere all done in house with our own subcontractor seamstress. The engineer will cut the panels using the old patterns and renew all the zippers paying special note to weak areas in prior service life. 

All the exterior teak and cabinet doors are removed for restoration.

ENGINE ROOM 
The engines and gensets were just overhauled before the unfortunate dockside fresh water hose sinking. Upon disassembly it was noticeable that many brand new parts had been just installed. But the only way to guarantee these best of the best old school low tech MTUS high horsepower light weight V8s was to do everything again from scratch and blueprinted. All measurements and entire engine blueprinted to spec. 

The engines are made to easily rebuild them in the engine room and in place or in frame but the engine room maintenance over a 20 year period demands the entire room be fully restored to eat off the floor condition. All new hoses and fuel lines and all new valves and thru hulls exchanged before engines and gensets go back in. 

This first round of engine rebuild consist of only the stbd engine being disassembled, engine gauge, senders and electrical removed. All the exhaust removal and fuel components. 

The stbd generator and engine will be removed. All engines will be taken to clean room for rebuild and custom skids and get pulled out with C lifts at Driscol's Shelter island. 

One main engine and one genset will then be reassembled and the process repeated for port main and aux. 

Opting to remove both engines at same time is possible but at time of writing the more costly but conservative approach is being taken. This way you have a pattern to ensure the matching engine set is going back in the same way it came out by looking at the other side. 


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Transitioning from electrical to structural and engine room. 

   Fuel tanks. Three tanks were full of fresh water. I rebuilt the fuel transfer system and got everything working on tank level meter and thought I would be filtering out all the water from the diesel. There was no diesel in tanks. They were all almost 100% filled with fresh water. The tanls were all emptied, opened and cleaned. 
  More lights and all exterior lights fixed. Engine room DC lights installed. Two more AC lights put in engine room. Fuel transfer system lines rerouted and new fuel transfer pump and reversing circuit installed. 
   Battery charger finished and tested, failed, chargers diodes were reverse polarity and new diodes were ordered and installed. works perfects with new DC amp mter and new capacitor.
  More light switches installed and more light switch boxes modified. New LED light installed in laundry room. 
  More work on sump pump and now sump for shower works perfect with new switch and motor. 
  Bottom cleaned by diver. Huge job, after one year of no cleaning, diver spend 5 days cleaning bottom. 
  Bunk lights installed and replaced times 4 with new LED lights.
  Main electrical panel work continues. Torquing terminals and massaging panel into tight and strong main panel. 
 Installed 6 smoke detectors throughout boat. 
 Took out main stateroom mirror for replacement.
 Removed all doors and cabinets and drawers that need to be varnished.
 Stbd starter begin rebuild.
 Remove mains stateroom ducting and wood cover. 
 Flybridge electrical work behind dash. Remove wiring, restore panels.
 Disassemble marlin chair and ready for varnish and upholstery. 
 All 3 heads working perfectly. New motors and custom modifications for simple control. 
 
  
   

Restoration period ending May 1st

All fuel tanks emptied. remaining good fuel transferred to center tank. Transfer switch and pump replaced. All water removed from tanks. 


Aft deck head repaired, new motor and pump installed. 

Aft deck overhead lights replaced X 3, aft deck deck lights replaced with blue LED lights. All salon switches and receptacles replaced. New switch plates labeled with nylon labels. heads and state room switches and lighting replaced. 

All 22 overhead lighting fixtures were replaced with new monte carlo series by aqua signal recessed lighting. All head lighting replaced. Shower lighting replaced.
3 way and 4 way switches replaced.  

Bunk lights replaced with new LED lights. 

Laundry room lights and receptacles changed with new. Light is wet location LED strip. 

Battery charger over haul begins, diodes ordered, new transformer and new dc amp meter. 

Sump pump auto manual switch changed. 

Sump auto switch procured and installed. Sump manual position repaired. 

Forward bilge pump manual switch repaired.

Aft cockpit below decks cleaned down to core and storage boxes cleaned. 

Flybridge electrical rewiring begun. Panels renewing, lighting change, electronics repairs beginning. 

2 heads repaired and modified to eliminate expensive auto timer and a switch added to MSR that a,lows bowl to fill or flush, an upgraded design with labeling and warning labels. 

Laundry room and flooded washer dryer cleaned and all old spare parts flushed with fresh water and cleaned. 

All fuel tanks were tested with dip sticks and compared to tank tender meters for fluid level calibrations.

All fuel remaining was filtered and run through water separator, 500 gallons of fresh water was leached off the good fuel and disposed of in 10- 55 gallon drums and taken to fuel dock for paid disposal. 

readied and replaced valance lighting, floor lighting, deck lighting, cabin lighting, mood lighting, LED cleaning lighting, swivel spot lights, bunk lights, flood lights aft DC all changed with new modern fixtures. 

Basic electrical worked on to the point boat is safe from fire and power goes to each system for checking and repairing all branch circuits. Ships is alive again. 

Alarms high water, fire and smoke detectors all working. Day to day ships operations proving and improving all systems like macerators, fuel transfer, oil transfer, navigation lighting, ships lighting, engine room lighting, fresh water heating and storage. Plumbing, showers and sinks all being operated every day. Galley systems working, ships shore power all being used and renewed each time a new system is touched or operated, Any bugs that pop up or reappear are made a priority and discovered fully so a full offshore ready repair can be made and be conclusive as a 100% fix.  

A lot more time spent under the decks, in engine room, under cockpit for a continual survey and survey update. All items inspected and not appearing to work or look like or as new is put on list and renewed. The engineer is seeking a flawless boats who every technical system is simplified, modernized and changed to easy to get off the shelf components. especially components that were original 1994 items like working pumps that pass inspection but manufactures dates are original. All those get replaced and old units added to spare parts bins. 

More engine research. New engines, old runners swap out, other boats to buy with good engines, MTU research and technical research. Engine repairs are stalled while staging for new, used or rebuild. All sizes and dimensions were added to survey. 

All electronics and parts model numbers and dimensions being added to survey report for in the cloud inventory system for engineering. 

Restoration period ending May 1st

All fuel tanks emptied. remaining good fuel transferred to center tank. Transfer switch and pump replaced. All water removed from tanks. 


Aft deck head repaired, new motor and pump installed. 

Aft deck overhead lights replaced X 3, aft deck deck lights replaced with blue LED lights. All salon switches and receptacles replaced. New switch plates labeled with nylon labels. heads and state room switches and lighting replaced. 

All 22 overhead lighting fixtures were replaced with new monte carlo series by aqua signal recessed lighting. All head lighting replaced. Shower lighting replaced.
3 way and 4 way switches replaced.  

Bunk lights replaced with new LED lights. 

Laundry room lights and receptacles changed with new. Light is wet location LED strip. 

Battery charger over haul begins, diodes ordered, new transformer and new dc amp meter. 

Sump pump auto manual switch changed. 

Sump auto switch procured and installed. Sump manual position repaired. 

Forward bilge pump manual switch repaired.

Aft cockpit below decks cleaned down to core and storage boxes cleaned. 

Flybridge electrical rewiring begun. Panels renewing, lighting change, electronics repairs beginning. 

2 heads repaired and modified to eliminate expensive auto timer and a switch added to MSR that a,lows bowl to fill or flush, an upgraded design with labeling and warning labels. 

Laundry room and flooded washer dryer cleaned and all old spare parts flushed with fresh water and cleaned. 

All fuel tanks were tested with dip sticks and compared to tank tender meters for fluid level calibrations.

All fuel remaining was filtered and run through water separator, 500 gallons of fresh water was leached off the good fuel and disposed of in 10- 55 gallon drums and taken to fuel dock for paid disposal. 

readied and replaced valance lighting, floor lighting, deck lighting, cabin lighting, mood lighting, LED cleaning lighting, swivel spot lights, bunk lights, flood lights aft DC all changed with new modern fixtures. 

Basic electrical worked on to the point boat is safe from fire and power goes to each system for checking and repairing all branch circuits. Ships is alive again. 

Alarms high water, fire and smoke detectors all working. Day to day ships operations proving and improving all systems like macerators, fuel transfer, oil transfer, navigation lighting, ships lighting, engine room lighting, fresh water heating and storage. Plumbing, showers and sinks all being operated every day. Galley systems working, ships shore power all being used and renewed each time a new system is touched or operated, Any bugs that pop up or reappear are made a priority and discovered fully so a full offshore ready repair can be made and be conclusive as a 100% fix.  

A lot more time spent under the decks, in engine room, under cockpit for a continual survey and survey update. All items inspected and not appearing to work or look like or as new is put on list and renewed. The engineer is seeking a flawless boats who every technical system is simplified, modernized and changed to easy to get off the shelf components. especially components that were original 1994 items like working pumps that pass inspection but manufactures dates are original. All those get replaced and old units added to spare parts bins. 

More engine research. New engines, old runners swap out, other boats to buy with good engines, MTU research and technical research. Engine repairs are stalled while staging for new, used or rebuild. All sizes and dimensions were added to survey. 

All electronics and parts model numbers and dimensions being added to survey report for in the cloud inventory system for engineering. 

Week ending april 12th ELECTRICITY FLOATS BOATS AND CAN GET TO 1500 DEGREES IN 1/100TH SECOND AND YOU CAN'T STOP IT..

Greg Moore report: Electrical rewiring was main focus of this time period. The engineer felt the engine work needed to stop and fire protection was more paramount. The decision was right. There was a fire nearby on april 10th 2014 9;50pm harbor island west marina. From across the channel I could only watch a sail boat burn and catch another power boat on fire. They sit now on the bottom on bay. 

  Fireman cut holes in them and sank them because the fire wouldn't go out. Not to get off track but after the electrical started and sparks were flying, the electrical sparks never subsided. Everyone saw lots of blue hot arcing. Far too many people claim they do electrical.
  Beware: Most this author has met can't recite the most basic electrical formulas. Theories can;t be taught on the docks or on a boat. Since you can't see electrical like wood, glass, steel or fluids, it's all theoretical and pure math to 99.999% secure your electrical and electronics from damage. 
  We only use electricians who would make the very best land based residential or commercial electricians or even land based electrical engineers look like neophytes.  
 Good electronic tech's can get lost on a good size boat bigger picture. I have found offshore high tech failures more a problem of techs not being great fabricators or aware of the abuse or need for serviceability at sea. However, if you supervise them correctly, while electronics guys usually can't wire the boat up, they can figure out stuff that seams like a mystery. SDBE is 35 years old, they have both and this report will end the valuation of those services and carry on the work. 
 The Sea Star project is going after zero mysteries. We are seeking to work much harder to make things better by simplifying. Modifying hull or walls to fit todays off the shelf and most modern electrical components, while eliminating all the electrical that was in contact with salt water. This way we are ensured our only worries when under way out to see are mechanical and structural. You must understand that when electrical and electronics are completed the third approximation and we know it and verified it to be so and still hit coast guard and maybe a little ABS regs, then electrical is one of the few areas on what should be every boat, in which you then do nothing and leave it alone. No maintenance for the life of the boat other than some batteries and light bulbs. 
  Its well worth changing anything or everything Mikelson did to get it right. We have already evaluated from an engineering stand point the electrical is not the strong point of these fine boats. Its the weak link and now we can change that with modifications and upgrades inserted into just the right spots in the boats system.   The electrians http://sandiegoboatelectric.com It;s better than going through the boat yards or shelter Islands chain of command in this specialty. Efficiency is everything. Anyone who has made the mistake of going to sea after hiring the wrong tech or builder or engineer will tell you, ELECTRICITY FLOATS BOATS
   Two well know techs learned from their dads and get lots of work and wire boats to look good but they could not pass a marine technician first class FCC exam without a couple years of study. They would have to sub out a circuit board design or any real electronics to electrical automation and logic control. We like the guys who wrote the book on marine trons. 
   What they did THIS PERIOD: 
1. Got port engines all the way down to open blocks and had all remaining fluids and lubes removed from crank cases and filled again with oil while we stop mechanical work to finish electrical safety standards. This will protect investment and neighbors property while allowing full time crew or guest to use boat as fully operational except for propulsion. Mtu parts and repair research is still underway. 
2. modified guest toilet eliminating PCB timer and controller and using remote switch to activate solenoids for flush and water or just water independently. This will be simpler for operator while vastly improving reliability. Plans are underway to modify master stateroom head with same components for swapability. 
3. Tons of cleaning and general hull interior prep continues 
4. Fluids were removed in 8 5 gallon buckets and remianing sucked out with sealube. 
5. AC top deck 500W flood lights were restored to function well and will get painted when boat is prepped. 
6. Wheel house DC and Salon DC selector switches were completely changed and all bug lugs restored on cable ends. Any satisfactory ends were fluxed and resoldered, 
7. Engine research, size charts, ongoing surveys, coast guard documentation completion, marina switch, insurances and many more administration task were completed. 
8. Replaced tank tender components, all tank level indications normal. 
9. Main panel meter change and illumination work completed, new current shunt installed. 
10. Since all lights were ruined and all switches destroyed and none of the wires labeled a good amount of time was spent to remove every light switch on boat and plan for the replacement of 35 switches in 11 multi outlet areas. These include traveling circuits like 3 ways and 4 ways and undoing the combining of AC and DC into one switch box which the builder did and our engineer eliminated. 
11. Valence lighting: salon valance lighting was completely replaced with a combination of incandescent and modern LED light bars all on 12 volts. 
12. The galley had 4 lights replaced and three switches in process of being replaced and will be completed this week. 
13. All overhead recessed down spots were removed from boats. 
14. All exterior floor lighting and over head dome lights were removed and replaced with better and bigger fixtures and LED lights used where deck floor lights of the old stern light type were being used. This gives much better lighting, lower current draw and is spec'd to last much longer as the other type were DC bayonet and prone to corrosion on light bulb contacts. 
15. Changed to LED blue water proof back deck upper level floor lights.
16. Wheel house deep inspection and work specification. Engineering work prior to beginning wheelhouse refit.   
17. Electrical switch spec and lighting material procurements. Special orders for the agua signal monte carlo series which are 24 of our over head incandescent lighting. each being only 5 watts and many more switches than a house has to control more area portions of the over head lighting.
18. Engine room light fixtures of a newer more rugged home depot supplied watertight high light output and lower power draw units were installed around engine room perimeter. These fixtures were $180 each and twice what a normal fluorescent fixture cost to get the LED benefits.
19. In processes of redoing the hydraulic hatch lifts 
20. About 20 hours were spent this period doing further surveys down inside the deepest parts of the electrical.
21. new engine room light dome of same type stainless for DC backup lights were replaced in engine room. 
22. Engineering completed for the removal of DC main buss engine room high current selector switches. 
23. Both Bait tank lights were restored and a switch eliminated making the breaker on the main panel the switch. 
24. The engine room lights both AC and DC had a switch added to salon entry matrix by cutting new 4 gang box into wood. 
25. Materials and tools brought to boat for interior varnish work. 
26. Removal of over 45 light fixtures 
27. Galley hatch cover repaired.
28. Engine room fuel and oil in bilge removed, holding tank evacuated by vendor
29. Cleanliness of work areas while in restoration mode is mandatory for safety and fire protection. 
30. Over 100 electrical terminal ends and wires for lighting were replaced. 

March 23- April 4th 2014

Completed state LLC formation and received approval. 

In progress is the electrical conversion, moving boat to marina, titling boat, engine work, tranny work, main panel conversions, tank level conversions, head system, lighting.

Items repaired during this period. 

Tank tender, 
Main Newmar panel all new instruments. Ac-Dc amps and volts. All new back lighting. main panel latch redo. 
 Guest toilet relays replace, new motor and macerator, overhaul unit, new duck valve, modified simple control for two button operation and eliminating control board complexity.
 Main salon, master state room, aft deck and cockpit exterior walk around lights all removed for replacement. Procure new lights. 24 fixture total, upgraded to LED, RED light option added. 
 Battery charger capacity upgraded. 
 One of four new LED 4ft light bars installed in engine room. 
 Main engine, cylinders honed and cleaned and oiled. 
 Oil from gensets drained, injectors removed from dtnd genset. 
 Complete top to bottom inspection of water system fresh water tank, pumps, vents, over fill, tank level, all sinks and replacement of dock water inlet in cock pit. 
 Start bait tank light replacement. 

  
  

Boat Repair work during March 17-22 2014 in San Diego

     Added to boat these parts, lots of new electrical distribution cable work. Installed and troubleshooted float and bilge switches and boat had 4 bad ones, no wonder it sunk. Any one one 3200 gal bilge pump would have pumped out more than the dock water hose. But, none of the 4 pumps worked automatically. Only 1 high water alarm was installed and it also didn't work. Boats a nice and unbelievable base but the way the systems and electrical are or were back in 1984 must be improved and more safety features installed. Its not a hatteras or bertram style electrical grade. More like bayliner but I love the way they did everything else. I dont like how thin the wood is back on the back decks. I guess they want to keep weight down but I'm adding much thicker teak decking.     Paint needs redone, I'm in process of planning that and doing it myself. No one can paint a boat like I can and the other painters hate me. Only Miguel Hernandez and Mike Alvarez are confident enough to tell me good job. I owe it to Kim Sage the navy inspector who had me doing those navy boats yacht grade and wouldn't settle for anything but perfection. By the time the last of a dozen boats were done, my lifetime of boat building was complete. I not only had the science of painting but the application and prep behind painting. I know I'm one of the best at building containment cheap and storm worthy for perfect paint. This boat is going to need one. 

    Summary: needed one big battery, a battery charger, a DC 5 GPM water pressure pump, 1500 watt hot water heater element, one stbd engine all most stripped, 80 hrs labor and our MTU consultants time, Started deep into engine room labor. Fixed all 4 bilge pumps auto and manual, two were a a water snake to get to and lay deep in waste., new cracked drain hoses, smoke detectors, pumps, new electrical sockets and GFIs in all bathrooms, soaps, rags, constant clean up and total boat fresh water deep clean far in bilge, all the way up to the headliner. First major rinse. I Readied boat for high pressure fresh water wash down with wood safe orbital tip. Added New lighting on courtesy steps, dangerous without. A new sump pump was added. 

      We filled 8 containers with fuel used to picke engines. Pickling added no value here at all after it sat. this long. You need to over haul engines quick when they sink. these engines must be taken down to bare block now and the engines were just rebuilt prior to sinking. Good thing these MTUS are made for overhaul. I'm super impressed with constriction of the engines and the mix of steel and aluminum. Now that I have it stripped down, I can see the beautiful new work someone did. But almost all of it will need redone. New work that has rusted and isn't the perfect can;t stay. These engines problem's can start at the tear down stage. Absolutely everything must be perfect with these engines. Mtus are amazing but exacting and you better know what your doing or you can spend $80,000-90,000 dollars and just have to do it all over again. Now your at $120,000 and kicking yourself in the ass you didn;t hire a professional marine engineer. I might not know MTus but I know enough to check ten times with every engineer out there before I make a move on any engine assembly component. its like surgery and its done once by the book, to the tee. 

   I Added 2 approved fire extinguisher. new maceration black water waste pump. New pump out, toilet parts. One month working shipyard slip storage fee, Lots of parts travel. Coast guard fees paid by sdbe. Facilitated, about 180 hrs labor thus far into it... 

     Tons of salvage clean up below decks is done well but alot is still to be done. Small pest problem arrested with fresh water rinsed of entire boat. Total boat soaked and rinsed and salt free-ed. 

      Cleaned out far back in bilge the salt water stuck in stringers. There was tons of creatures of the shallow lagoon in the salt water trapped in air ducts, behind stringers, I was covered in them so a deep cleaning and total ridding of the bilge dirt and smells and bugs was washed out over a period of two days. Its planned to do up top and pull headliner and high pressure wash in shipyard.

      Way down in the bilge back in the hardest spots is where all the trouble I'm finding is at and I am fixing it in all type of isometric work out positions. 

    The boat was left open for a long time so it also has no-ce-ums which are also almost gone. Our big ventilators pressurizing the cabins interiors is working the best. I may have to pull down headliners.

     More engine and the need for new paint plus new minor discoveries I have re-estimated the project cost now to be at $240,000. plus 4500 hrs entrepreneur labor, plus all outside contractor labor. These engine parts are very heavy. You need three guys on some days to move them in and out of engine room safely. You need 4 guys to paint. One engineer. It's not cheap and living on a boat cost a lot more than living on land in money and time. You must have a passion for being out on the high sea's alone watching, studying, learning, or on the hunt for big game food. 

   All 4 diesel fuel tanks tested zero water. I guess the way it sank, fuel was coming out and nothing got in. Same with Sea Stars fresh water and black water systems. END>>>>

March 9-16th

Removed all old battery's. 1 port engine start. 2. stbd engine start. 3, port genset start. 4. stbd genset start. 5. house bank 1. 6. House bank back up. Replaced genset battery port. Trouble shoot main DC 12 volt distribution and trace put all wire and label main feeders. 

  Install new fresh water pressure pump jabsco 4.0 GPM with pressure switch.
Removed Inverter. 
   Fill fresh water tank, check for leaks. pressurize system, check for leaks. R&R hot water heater 110V. recondition wires and wire brush corrosion of tank. Loosen up high pressure relief valve. Activate water level indicators. 
    Cut off all main DC distribution power cables end and corrosion, cutting off as much needed to get to new shiny copper. Relug cables.  
   Begin battery room refit and clean up. 
   Hooked up two aft bilge pumps back to Dc power
   Removed house battery selector switch in salon for replacement.
   Power up Dc side of main panel for test of circuits
   Engine dis assembly of intercooler and exhaust stbd. 
     Engine serial numbers Port: 423-015-02-027/51.01401-314 ZAM 504792 AGV-17
                                     STBD 423-015-02-021/51 01401-314 AGV -16
Install new macerator pump and renew pump out hoses and fitting.
Remove two head systems for over haul, order parts.
Remove remaining standing water in forward bilge.
Repair tank tender indicator tanl selector switch
Renew hot water heater.
Reinstall engine room aft bilge pump into battery system and auto
Steam clean more of the interior over head liner.
Remove all exhaust blankets and inspect stbd exhaust, pass needs 2 new elbows


Mikelson 59' Model 60, week 2 complete shipyard pro retrofit

Week 2 Mar. 2-9th

   Pumped out bilges and side areas. Installed new bilge level float switch. Changed the AC emergency bilge pump to DC power supplied normal aft bilge pump for much higher volume pump out. Rain water leaks into bilge identified. 
   Professionally cleaned inside forward cabin and under bunk and decks. Professionally cleaned flybridge. Professionally clean tuna tower and top of flybeidge deck. Steamed cleaned all walls, cracks and crevices for pest control and final sanitation. Cleaned off 7 months of exterior grime and examine hull paint while cleaning exterior hull and flybridge. 
    Admin and insurance work for bank. 
Engines port, removed all heads, valves, turbos, air intakes, exhaust manifolds for replacement. Inspection of cylinders determine all cylinders will be replaced with new due to water damage. All cylinder walls new. All turbos new. Send all individual heads out to top machine shop for valve and head job. All parts look brand new since both engines were rebuilt but we are doing complete rebuild. 
   Generator sound shields cleaned, salon windows cleaned, aft deck deck lockers cleaned and wing lockers cleaned. All stainless rubbed and buffed. Outriggers repairs begun. Main galley refrigerator replaced with new. 
   Electric salon outlets renewed and enabled. Shore power male deck plug replaced with new. Shore power inlet wires stripped back 6 inches and renewed to new shiny copper. Window screens worked on. Microwave replaced. Shire power inlet selector high power rotary switch replaced.  
   Clean lower aft deck area and upper aft deck and aft deck head. Stowing away all good materials left on boat and discarding anything opened, used or wet. Completely, steam clean all wood seats bases and bed bases in staterooms. Return all deck and seat covers, hatch overs and cabinet shelves after steam cleaned. 
Engine analysis: double checked by MTU specialist consultant who reviewed and analyzed the disassemble of both engines. 


MTU sea stars engine details, 

Opened up the engines, we are safe. Meaning the cylinder sleeve are changeable that means we can use this block and do in place rebuild and have the MTU brand stay. I now see why they cost so much, Now that this top MTU mechanic is bringing me up to speed on these exact models, I can see why they are 150K new. These are built to fix fast a million times and run for 400,000 hours. So much engineering and mechanical adaptation that the heads of every cylinder has its own head instead of a row. These disassemble easy and the way they have every 12 pt bolt, its a race engine designed for pit stop fast repairs not requiring machines or cranes. I've never seen anything like it. They also dont have a ton of high tech sensors, very basic. Plus now that I see how these MTU which was mercedes back in 1994 before Rolls Royce bought them work, I easily see why they are considered the very best in marine. They are also the newer (tier-two CA. air pollution) std. 4 stroke. and when all things equal should always sell first over Detroits, Cummins, Cats, Yanmars or .Volvos


for both engines total these parts will be needed Engine Parts list, 

16 cylinders 

16 sleeves

16 heads machined 

16 new valve jobs 

32 push rods 

4 rebuilt turbos

2 rebuilt starters 

2 rebuilt electrical start and gauge package 

4 acid washed heat exchangers  

2 acid washed tranny oil coolers 

64 gallons of oil  

32 gallons of coolant 

gasket set x 2  

alternators rebuild kits  

4 tach senders 

8 electrical gauge senders 

4 new exhaust components and elbows 

1- Outside MTU specialist/helper  $58,000 parts $22,000 labor $80,000


Replace about 15 little pumps and motors around boat $4500 parts and labor

Replace about 20 burnt out electrical items @ $160 each $3200



$18500 paint, just worst areas, $24,000 total boat like new, not counted here. 

$12,000 interior wood work, could be $3000 but figuring here at 6000

$7000 interior cushions leather 

$1200 master bed

$4000  Fuel disposal and partial refill 

$6000 electronics 

$5000 carpet 

$10,000 new back wood working deck and delam.

Week 1 Engineers boat building log.

Week 1: Purchase and procure vessel. Register with shipyard, gain access. Title and bill of sale work. Insurance and dock-age work. Admin with Legal and funding contracts. Key access.


Inspect vessel stem to stern and conduct professional preboarding survey of engines, hull, gensets, electrical, thru hulls, piping and plumbing, systems and deck hardware. 

Procure parts and repair dockside electrical cord with two new connector ends by hubbel. Shore cord was cut back 12 inches each end and new connectors coated with electrical dialectric non corrosive materials. Electrical main panel restoration begun. 

Install temporary electrical power distribution, lighting, internet access, and basic entertainment system. Purchase 32" LED TV and install. Remove and discard all old electronic entertainment products and take them to offsite e-waste disposal. 

Flybridge windows were all closed and flybridge eyesinglass was refastened for storms and to arrest more water from coming aboard. 

All old owners and gear that was stored yet never used was removed. Over a dozen boxes of dead weight and containers were removed. All deck hatches, vents, drawers, seat covers, bed covers all removed and boat inspected down to the core to make a list of each discrepancy found. 

All life jackets, dock lines and deck gear was fresh water washed, dried and restowed. All bathrooms and closet drawers emptied. All old appliances surveyed and list was made to replace appliances later. 

Bilges were emptied and drained and all inside of hull bilges inspected for leaks and seaworthyness. Everything looked real good and checked out AOK but several rubber hoses are cracked and will be replaced. 

Several big electrical cables were removed to begin the complete electrical redo. A list of all motors were prepared to order every motor on boat and replace with new. 

All old tools and anything rusted or used was removed and disposed of. 


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Professional marine engineering task
1. Ready boat for refit
2. Remove all damaged electrical 
3. Remove damaged engines
4. Repair boats interior hull core
5. Fabricate new canvas flybridge
6. Paint boat
7. Redo exterior teak decks
8. Improve all systems to 2014 type
9. Redo interior wood
10. Redo all hatches and hinges
11. Redesign deck drainage
12. Change all appliances
13. Change all electronics
14 Modernize electrical 
15. Add high tech subsystems
16. Redo all fishing systems
17. Cut foam for bed and sofas
18. Redo all fabrics and curtains
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