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Big Sky Stearman
Explorer Sea Plane Tender
Big Sky sponsored the refurbishment of this retired trawler for the
Creation Explorers Club. A group of dedicated young people have
chipped and scraped on this vessel and returned it to seaworthy condition.
The Piper Cub seaplane is lifted onto the back deck and carried to interesting
destinations where it is used for scientific observation and training.
The vessel is being used for marine and aviation training for young people
in conjunction with non-profit ministry exploring God's creation.
feel free to inquire about this interesting project.
First Adventures with the Creation Explorer CRV-1:
Work accomplished on the
Creation Explorer, formerly
the Susan Nicole of Astoria,
since 6-04 :
Cleaned bilge, painted with Ameron Red Oxide.
Cleaned engine room and painted Ameron Grey.
Cleaned battery areas and installed batteries in boxes with new
Recent oil change and oil / fuel filter service, main and genset
Cleaned engines and painted.
Placards applied to engine room.
Installed 35 gallon holding tank, macerator pump and plumbing on
Installed new 6” exhaust on main engine with new muffler
and deck plate.
New welder leads and painted welder.
New ¾ plywood floor boards installed in engine room.
New shaft seal in hydraulic pump, new hoses and hydraulic piping.
New bilge / deck pump hoses and piping through deck plate.
Certified 3 Halon engine room fire bottles.
Cleaned air filters.
Replaced primary fuel filter.
Replaced stdb. and port main fuel tank valves.
Added diesel fuel additives.
Installed marine head and plumbing.
Installed wash basin and plumbing.
Painted walls / Cupboards
Installed new stove ventilator.
Installed new refrigerator.
Constructed Railing on house roof.
Certified all fire extinquishers.
Constructed “crows nest” and ladder on mast.
Removed misc. weldments.
Installed 2nd bunk in no. 2 Stateroom.
Cleaned up electrical.
Hydraulics and boom
Constructed a boom gooseneck and installed a boom.
Installed hydraulic winch on boom and mast, routed cables and pulley
Installed some new hydraulic hoses to winches and new hydraulics
to anchor winch.
Installed new chain on rudder steering.
Removed old wood deck, various steel brackets and fish gear.
Removed aft bulwarks and installed stanchions and rope rail.
Installed water access steps in stern chute.
Installed Port bulwarks step down hinged dock stair.
Installed stern bits.
New hand rails on bulwarks opposite wheelhouse.
Installed diving board bracket at stern.
Constructed hydraulic anchor winch and controls.
Anchor drum fitted with 150’ of new 1” nylon rope and
80’ of galvanized ½ chain.
Constructed new 300 lb. Anchor.
Chipped, needled gunned rust overall.
Applied Coroseal Rust Converter overall.
Appled two coats of Ameron primer and topcoat overall.
Painted bottom while in dry dock.