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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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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. 

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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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