Driving a diesel powered yacht around the world can not be considered "going green". However George Buehler's sail assisted Diesel Ducks not only leave a small footprint on our planet, they leave a lot more "green" in your bank account. And, if you want, we can paint your new Duck green.
George Buehler and I both agree that a sedan is not the best design for serious ocean passagemaking. Because of the large windows, plus cockpits and walkways that can hold large amounts of water, the sedan is inherently less seaworthy than a full decked aft cabin vessel like George's traditional Diesel Ducks. I would not be concerned (well, maybe a little bit!) if my Diesel Duck 462 hull was almost completely awash. She should, baring any serious damage, pop back up to the surface and continue on her way. I would be very concerned if I were on a sedan in the same situation.
Using good seamanship, like carefully watching for weather windows, has allowed sedans to make many ocean passages without incident. However, on long blue water passages it is impossible to predict the weather for the whole trip and George and I believe a boat should be designed to take serious adverse conditions if they come up. With global warming the earth's weather patterns seem to be getting worse. There were very late season typhoons reported lately. Unheard of a few years ago.
However, we realize that many boat owners prefer the sedan arrangement for coastal cruising and fair weather passages. The large raised main saloon is more "home" like with lots of space and nice views plus there is more room for entertaining. The 462 Sedan, using the proven full displacement Diesel Duck hull, watertight compartments and commercial type water tight doors and hatches, is our attempt to make one of the most seaworthy sedans available.
The fwd stateroom can have "V" berths or double bunks with storage. One head with stacking washer/dryer or two heads, with a washer/dryer combination in main saloon.
Note: The wide body design, without any side walkways, is actually more seaworthy as down flooding, when severely heeled, and the chance of shipping a lot of water in rough wave situations, are lessened. We do offer the full body design as a no cost option. And, even though I do not recommend it, we can install double side decks and a ladder aft to the upper deck as an optional cost item for coastal cruising.
See Full Specs for photos and the price and options list.
Feel free to visit our factory in Zhuhai, China. We are a one hour ferry ride from Hong Kong.
For purchasing information: Kimley@MTHTrains.com
www.DUCKTALK.net. A new forum for Diesel Duck owners and admirers.
Length at Waterline: 48.82'
Max Draft: 5.67'
Total Power: 125. Other engines available.
Cruising Speed: 7-8 knots
SEAHORSE BUILT DIESEL DUCKS shall be specified by construction drawings provided by George Buehler and shall consist of no less than general arrangements and construction details, including the framing and gauge schedule. SEAHORSE MARINE MANUFACTURER, ZHUHAI will build the vessel to the above designer's specifications, plus selected factory modifications which have been approved by Mr. Buehler.
CONSTRUCTION: High quality ship steel shot peened or sand blasted inside and out, three coats of epoxy primer interior and exterior, four coats on the bottom, plus bottom paint and color top coat. Color scheme to owner's choice. Construction to China ship Classification Society (CCS) practice, CCS certified weld X-ray of all boats. CCS incline test and supervision of tank pressure tests. All doors, hatches, ports and windows to be aluminum heavy duty commercial ship quality. Windscreens to be 10mm toughened glass plate. All plywood to be WBP grade or higher. Complete vessel to be insulated with sprayed expanding foam. Scantlings: Keel shoe 15mm, keel sides 8mm, garboard plank 6mm, hull bottom, sides and deck 5mm, superstructure 4mm. Pilothouse and main saloon tops are FRP with 1" thick balsa coring.
ENGINE: Standard engine John Deere 4045, 125 HP Tier III continuous duty 4 cylinder marine diesel with marine transmission. Complete engine instrumentation including high temperature, low oil pressure alarms. Other engines available if desired
Stainless shafts to be 304 stainless or higher.
Prop aperture and engine mounting designed to minimize vibration and noise.
PSS Dripless shaft seal.
Sea water strainers and ball valve sea-cocks on all inlets.
Primary and secondary fuel filter.
Drip pan under engine.
Wet exhaust system with custom designed water lift muffler.
Quiet, large capacity engine room blower with noise isolated vents.
Steel fuel tanks, 1000 gallons plus, well baffled and braced. Stainless steel ball valves at each end of fuel lines. Fuel tank are well vented with large 2" deck fills.
Hull insulation, sprayed expanding foam.
Sound insulation, two foam layers with lead center, surrounding engine room.
ELECTRICAL: Optional genset.
Heavy duty 24 volt engine alternator and 24 volt 460Amp Hour AGM house batteries connected by vapor proof master switches.
Back lighted custom made circuit breaker panel using high quality breakers.
Shore power master breaker is GFI (RCI) type for safety.
AC receptacles through out.
Indirect lighting and red safety lighting at steps.
Visual and audio warnings for all system mal-function including high water, engine water flow, ER overheat, any pump running, E R lights left on, etc.
LED overhead lighting; quality lighting fixtures throughout..
All Seahorse Marine installed wiring is multi-strand tinned copper boat cable. Wires have color or marker codes for easy tracing.
Wire runs in conduit and all runs, except the bilge pump, are located as far above the waterline as possible.
All wire runs including those along the shear are easily accessible.
AC Toroidal Isolation transformer, 120/240 volt input.
Lightning protection system.
AC shore connector fitted starboard side. DC socket installed in pilothouse.
Multiple zincs on hull, standard size bolted, not welded.
International navigation lights and anchor light installed.
Red interior night safety lighting and remote control spot light installed. Pilothouse overhead lights have red night vision lighting as well as standard white bulbs.
Optional electronic and entertainment equipment can be planned in advance with owner so necessary wiring, grounds and cabinets can be built in.
Signal horn and windscreen wipers.
WATER SYSTEMS: Water tanks P&S design installed with ball-cock shut off valves and vents designed to prevent salt water contamination.
Fresh water system uses neoprene coated metallic tubing, not plastic.
Stainless ball type sea-cocks on all thruhulls below the waterline.
Double all stainless clamps on all hoses below the waterline.
Hot water heater with electric and engine heat exchanger for domestic water supply.
High quality bath and galley fixtures. Electric toilets plumbed to holding tank.
BILGE PUMPS: Triple 3000GPH electric pumps plus large Edson manual bilge pump installed with valving to each water area.
HEADS: Head(s) includes trouble free non-jamming electric toilets, showers, basins and storage.
Two holding tanks, one black water, one gray water.
Heads have power ventilation on timer switch.
Towel rails is to handrail strength.
Mirrors are fitted.
Toilet walls to be GRP laid up w/ epoxy over plywood.
Toilet flooring to be tile.
HULL LIGHTING AND VENTILATION: Built to Buehler's design and all to be aluminum frame opening hull ports with storm covers and windows, commercial ship quality.
Deck hatch(s) aluminum commercial ship quality, stainless handles.
Commercial aluminum seadoors on interior bulkheads (5 watertight compartments total). Pilothouse side door Dutch type seadoor.
DECK: Steel pulpits, hand rails and boarding gate(s) built to Buehler's specs.
Deck and cockpit hatches are watertight commercial quality.
Stainless dress package available.
Teak dress package available, includes cockpit cap rail and teak decks.
Stainless steel heavy bollards and chocks for lines, not painted steel.
Heavy dual anchor rollers at bow, 70 pound plow and 40 pound Danforth type provided.
300' chain rode standard.
Interior to be of teak veneer with solid teak trim, doors and drawer fronts.
All interior floors to be teak and holly flooring.
Hanging lockers and cabinets with louvered doors.
Mattress to be 5" thick, 4" for seats.
Drawers/storage under bed.
Reading lights and/or night lights aboard wherever applicable.
Overhead lights LED type white or red lighting.
Hand rails fitted in proper locations.
STEERING STATION: Large chart table, room for helm chair.
Ventilation hatch over helm position.
Seahorse standard helm seat installed.
Raised pilothouse dinette with well supported table.
Radar, antenna and steadying sail mast on top of pilothouse, Buehler's design.
Engine and gear controls in pilothouse.
Marine circuit breakers for all boat operations and for planned electronics installation, back lighted panel.
Teak wheel at helm, heavy duty hydraulic steering.
Pantograph windshield wipers on pilothouse window with fresh water wash.
Tinted side windows available on side windows on request.
Windshields are heavy safety glass.
(In order to incorporate improvements Seahorse Marine reserves the right to substitute features, dimensions and specifications without notice.)
SELECTED OPTIONS LIST,
(N/C = No Charge)
N/C John Deere Tier III 4045, 125HP four cylinder, continuous duty. Other engine options available.
$10800 Northern Lights 9KW @ 60hz genset with sound shield and remote panel;
$7500 24 Volt Electric Bow thruster;
$8500 Webasto diesel heating system, four outlets;
N/C Fully faired hull and topsides;
N/C Sprayed expanding foam insulation;
$14500 Flybridge with full engine controls, thruster control, helm seat and stainless bimini frame with Sunbrella type cover;
N/C Two 16000 BTU Marine air conditioners with heat option;
$2900 24 volt Victron 3000 watt inverter/charger with control panel;
N/C 440AH at 24 volts glass mat house battery bank;
N/C High output 24 volt alternator on engine;
N/C 9000 Watt Toroidal isolation transformer, accepts 120 or 240 dock power;
$1800 Two 75 watt solar panels with regulator.
$5500 24 volt watermaker, 200 GPD;
N/C Muir 24 volt anchor windlass;
N/C two anchors, plow, bruce or danforth type, your choice;
N/C 300' 3/8" chain anchor rode; 1'2" Chain optional;
N/C 300' 18mm nylon anchor rode with short section of chain;
$1250 Stainless dinghy davits;
$580 Watermaker, shore power or 12 volt, Wire and plumbing only;
$10500 Steadying rig with sail handling gear and two furling sails ;
$9500 Complete flopper stopper system, stainless and aluminum construction;
$3,500 Stainless dress package including 316 handrails, boarding ladders port and stbd, dorades, etc;
N/C "Teak & Holly" floors in place of teak parquet;
$1250 Washer-dryer, combination;
$950 Sony automotive stereo with 10 disc changer and 4 high quality speakers;
$3500 Built-in freezer box, 5" insulation, with compressor;
N/C LPG stove, solenoid shutoff with twin sensor leak monitor;
$480 TV and Stereo antenna installations with dock cable inlet;
$3800 Iridium 9505 satellite telephone with external marine antenna and date link for email;
N/C Deck wash pump with hose bib aft and fwd bow for anchor wash;
$450 Hi pressure salt water anchor wash system;
N/C Remote control spot light for security;
N/C Ships safe;
980 Dash LCD TV with cameras aft and in engine room;
N/C Seahorse reclining helm seat with seat belt, head and foot rests;
N/C Installation of owner's supplied helm seat;
N/C Cushions, mattresses and curtains, local material, your color choice;
N/C Corian type counters, your color choice;
Inquire, Interior layout changes and special woods or colors;
Inquire, Entertainment systems;
Inquire, Covers and canvas work;
Inquire, soft or hard dinghy;
$1380 Wind speed and direction meter with mast head sensors;
FREE ELECTRONICS PACKAGE To be arranged with Hong Kong marine electronics contractor.
$4500 ComNav Commander (Mono display) autopilot.
$5000 A second Comnav Commander (mono display) attached to a second steering cylinder for redundant power steering..
DIESEL DUCK 462 SEDAN DIMENSIONS
LOA 51 ft
LWL 48.82 ft
Bmax 14.87 ft
BWL 14.28 ft
Draft at DWL 5.67 ft
Displ. at DWL: 68514.57 lb
Trim 1 in. 7552.8
Heel 1 in. 2101.0
Trim 1 deg. 74344.0
Heel 1 deg. 6307.6
L/B Ratio 3.28
D/L ratio 294
LCB 25.01 ft (51.1% aft)
LCF 26.22 ft (53.6% aft)
VCB -1.31 ft
XWS 26.68 ft (54.6% aft)
ZWS -2.33 ft
Waterplane 522.34 ft2
Wetted Surf 801.13 ft2
GM trans 5.35 ft
GM long 63.09 ft VCB
Displacement at 2” high = 62,004 lb
“ 2” deep = 73,144 lb
“ 3” deep = 75,968 lb
“ 4” deep = 78,807 lb
Projected power requirements CALM CONDITIONS at DWL (67,515 lb) and at 2” loading (73,144 lb)
V/L ... Knots ... HP at DWL ... HP at 2” loading
1 .......... 6.84 ...........12.3 ................13.3
1.1 ...... 7.53 ........... 18.9 ................ 20.5
1.15 .... 7.87 ........... 23.2 ................ 25.1
1.2 ...... 8.21 ........... 30.1 ................ 32.6
1.25 .... 8.55 ........... 40.3 ................ 43.6
1.3 ...... 8.9 ............. 54.6 ................ 59.2
1.35 ... 9.24 ............ 74.2 ................ 80.4
Fuel 1000+ gallons
Water 250 gallons