I'm ignoring most email for the time being, but wondered at the size
and subject of this one.
Previously I hadn't paid attention to the difference between the 52'
and 47' boats. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/47-foot_Motor_Lifeboat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/52-foot_Motor_Lifeboat
In short, the 47' boat is a wimp compared to the 52' boat.
You are right, they are amazing - the pictures in those Wikipedia
articles says it all.
I'd be very surprised if this country builds a useful replacement for
the 52' boats. The navy has a pretty poor track record for the last
Every day I take a look at RT.com because its a reliable source of bad
news that will affect my life (like efforts to cut Social Security).
There are a surprising number of WA/OR articles there. I also read
some of the compare and contrast opinion essays there.
Our culture has lost the competence of the mid 20th century - too many
people stopped doing the hard thankless work of cultural stewardship
and we've lost a lot of our cultural capital.
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The 47' boats started coming into service in 1997, and there are 227
of them, so they will be around for a while.
You say the 52' boats are saved for the really difficult situations.
How often do the 47' boats turn out to be inadequate, and a 52' boat
is used, and in what kinds of circumstances?
I've survived my adventures by paying attention to the fallback
options, which is why I put some thought into this subject, once I
took a look at it.
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After I thought a bit, I wondered, what do you mean by old?
Engines and steering gear can be rebuilt or replaced, and on a boat
like this there isn't much else that is essential, expensive, and
takes a lot of work to maintain.
Why don't they just replace the engines and steering gear?
Quoting John Kohnen <jkohnen@...
> Victory's my favorite CG boat too, with the other steel 52-footers
> close behind. But they're Old. It's getting so it's hard to keep
> them going, so Victory sits idle, waiting to be used only when her
> capabilities are _really_ needed. I'll miss the 52s when they're
> gone, but their replacements should have been ready years ago.
> <sigh> I hope when the replacements for the 52-footers are finally
> developed and built that they perform as well in the really awful
> stuff as Victory, but I'll bet they won't have as much class as she
> On 2/1/2021 1:25 PM, Case wrote:
>> My favorite CG boat ever. Pretty amazing boat.
>> I got to go for a short cruise on her across the bay once.
> John <jkohnen@...
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