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February 22, 2010

Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge – New River, Fort Lauderdale

Filed under: Navigating — Tags: , — Richard Jordan @ 1:09 pm

For information about the tragic death of Lynn senior Kyle Conrad, please see the Sun-Sentinel article.

The Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale

The Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Just west, downriver of the Andrews Avenue bridge is the Railroad bridge. This New River icon is a single span that crosses from the North to South banks. On the southeast side is Apex Marine, the old Allied yard. On the southwest side is old Shirttail Charlie’s restaurant. The north side is Riverwalk and the historic district of Fort Lauderdale. Three railroad bridges have spanned here – the current one since 1978. It is a wacky, unpredictable impediment to boaters with virtually no clearance when seated down. The Florida East Coast railroad passes on the rails. Continue reading “Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge – New River, Fort Lauderdale” »

February 13, 2010

Fort Lauderdale’s 17th Street bridge had lowly beginnings

Filed under: Navigating — Richard Jordan @ 9:43 pm

This article was featured in the February edition of the Waterfront News.

Current Causeway

In 1925 a south side causeway was built in an area slightly north of the current 17th Street bridge in Fort Lauderdale. According to Merrilyn Rathburn, research director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, developers planned to connect the bridge but never did. “They built just the spans, not the approach ramps to the bridge. The bridge was just out there in the Intracoastal unattached to land,” she said. Then the 1926 hurricane blew through and the economy collapsed. The hurricane badly damaged the bridge, leaving mere remnants of construction out in the middle of the Intracoastal — a navigational hazard. “And, it stayed like that for many years,” Merrilyn explained. “A colorful aspect of Fort Lauderdale history. A real bridge to no where.”

First Completed Bridge
In the early 1950s as traffic increased on Las Olas Boulevard, the City of Fort Lauderdale started planning a south side bridge. Though Las Olas merchants worried about the competition the bridge might bring, it was generally agreed that growth was dependent on having access to the southern end of the city. The Commodore Brook Memorial Causeway, named for a city founder, opened a month ahead of schedule in 1956. The completed bridge was the finale of a long-held ambition for the city, according to Fort Lauderdale Daily News reporter Douglas McQuarrie. “Today’s monumental project, fully completed to withstand any hurricane is, in retrospect, a tribute to the foresight of the developers in the mid 1920s before the land boom bubble burst,” he wrote in his column on Friday, Feb. 24, 1956. City officials wondered if the 28-foot clearance would be enough. They worried about too many openings stopping traffic. State law required fishing trawlers to have outriggers on hinges to alleviate the worry. The concerns turned out to be correct but boaters and motorists would manage to endure frequent openings for the next 42 years.

Current Bridge
In the 1980s and ‘90s land and waterway traffic often bottlenecked requiring bridge openings on every half and whole hour. The situation became intolerable. “We don’t generally raise bridges,” said Brian O’Donoghue, assistant engineer for bridge Inspection at the state Department of Transportation in Fort Lauderdale Office. But the 17th street bridge was a special case. In 1995 after 10 years of debate, three dozen local leaders chose a contemporary, 55-foot clearance drawbridge. Many lambasted the design as bulky. Others claimed the keeled support structure would become a landmark like the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco. Completed in 2002, her official name is the Clay E Shaw Memorial, bridge after the congressman who worked hard to fund the project. But it’s known locally as the 17th Street bridge. “I’m biased — I pass over twice a day. But the new bridge has really helped. It opens on the same half and hour as the old bridge but if no boats are waiting, it doesn’t open.” The DOT estimates she will last over 60 years. So far, these three bridges span the history of the 17th Street causeway.

Beneteau 51 Idylle 15.50 Review: A Different Animal

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 8:16 am

Moorings 51 PDF Flyer (Click to Download)

Beneteau’s Idylle series are not the inexpensive plastic, bimbo boats of Mooring’s charter fleets today. These classic cruisers built in the mid 1980’s are teak laden cruising machines. I once talked to a client who mentioned slyly he had a 38′ boat currently. I politely asked, “What type of 38 boat?” He whispered embarrassedly, “A Beneteau Idylle. Are you familiar with the Idylle series?” Usually, people put out some esoteric, ancient sailboat design and expect you being a “yacht broker” to know everything. Well this time I was luckily. I proudly said, “Oh that’s when Beneteau made good boats!” He happily agreed, “Yes, I am embarrassed to say my boat is a Beneteau because everybody thinks of the current low-quality designs.” Another broker in-house concurred, “Oh yes, Beneteau made some great boats back then. I know it.” The Idylle series and the early First series are quality built Beneteaus as much as that sounds like an oxymoron. The Idylle series includes 34, 38, 44, and 51 foot designs. Beneteau produced the German Frers designed 51 from 1985 to 1987. Continue reading “Beneteau 51 Idylle 15.50 Review: A Different Animal” »

February 12, 2010

CSY 44 Review: Walkover or Walkthrough

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:39 pm

CSY 44 PDF Pamplet (Click to Download)

In 1978, John R “Jack” Van Ost, a retired dentist, introduced to the world the Caribbean Sailing Yachts (CSY) 44. Jack was an entrepreneurial genius who would revolutionize chartering. He was the first to offer boats on a purchase and charter model copied by CYC/Hylas. Purchase and charter means that the buyer of the CSY 44 paid less but allowed CYC to charter the boat for a few years. After those years, they freely owned her. This model eased the overhead of purchasing a new CSY and gave Jack a default charter fleet at the same time. The 44 along with the 37 CSY are Ted Irwin inspired designs officially attributed to Peter Schmitt and Frank Hamlin. Jack dealt directly with purchasers. CSY did not have a dealer network. To accomplish this, they made a soft marketing brochure called “The CSY Guide to Buying A Yacht.” Of course, the guide’s advise was to buy a 44 CSY which many did. It was not bad advise. Continue reading “CSY 44 Review: Walkover or Walkthrough” »

Kelly Peterson 46 Review: A Lover Named Kelly

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 11:15 am

Kelly Peterson 46 PDF Brochure (Click to Download)

The Kelly Peterson 46 and her smaller sister, the 44, have a place in the hearts of cruisers. One interested client I met said, “Oh there’s a Kelly here?” in a soft, careful tone that let on a tender affection for the feminine name. Calling one “Kelly” feels like naming a lover. These are beautiful boats with nice overhangs, sweet sheer, and spectacular sailing skills. They were meant to sail about the best possible in all conditions. In the 1970’s, Jack Kelly was a San Diego, California yacht broker. Seeing what all his clients were looking for, he decided to build the perfect boat. He joined with designer Doug Peterson famous from racing designs such as the Van De Stadt’s Storm Vogel. In 1976, they came up with a centercockpit performance cruiser instead of the aft cockpit Valiant 40. Kelly thought he might build 10, sell 9, and go cruising. Instead, he built about 200 44s in Taiwan over a six year production run. Formosa Yachts, another yard in Taiwan, started building an 2′ extended variation of the 44 they called the 46 Formosa in the early 1980s. Jack Kelly extended the 44 into the 46 Kelly Peterson. This review will mostly deal with the 46-foot versions. These two especially the 46 Kelly Petersons are much more prized in the brokerage market. Continue reading “Kelly Peterson 46 Review: A Lover Named Kelly” »

February 8, 2010

Marine Diesel Engines – Parts, Fuel, Lubrication, Cooling Systems

Engine Diagram (Courtesy Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder)

Engine Diagram (Courtesy Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder)

The core of marine diesel engines are the combustion chambers. In each chamber, a piston goes goes up and down based on the combustion of diesel fuel. A connecting rod transfers the motion of the piston to the crankshaft. The crankshaft converts the up and down motion to useful rotation. At its most basic level, the idea is simple, but to make an engine work in the real world, systems must inject fuel, lubricate the pistons, and dissipate excess heat. These three systems are known as the fuel, lubrication, and cooling systems. Continue reading “Marine Diesel Engines – Parts, Fuel, Lubrication, Cooling Systems” »

February 5, 2010

Marine Diesel Engines History – Universal, Volvo, Perkins, Westerbeke, Yanmar

Filed under: Yachting — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 11:57 am

Marine engines are mostly Yanmars in newer boats. But in the brokerage market, plenty of yachts have Perkins, Westerbekes, Universals, or Volvos. Continue reading “Marine Diesel Engines History – Universal, Volvo, Perkins, Westerbeke, Yanmar” »

February 4, 2010

Nautical Development 56 Review: Old Fashioned Success

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , — Richard Jordan @ 3:08 pm

Nautical 56 PDF Brochure (Click to Download)

Nautical 56’s seem to be following me lately. I went with another broker to preview a local one for sale in town. Then, I happened to be on sea trial in Longboat Key and ran into a Nautical 56 at the tiny Bradenton Beach Marina. The happy owner was living aboard in that hidden harbor. Finally, I came back to our Fort Lauderdale office, good ol’ Royale Palm, and a Nautical 56 soon was docked in a slip at the far end. For a boat with not too many made seeing 3 in a couple months seemed unnatural. Kevin, another broker argued, “But considering the size, they made quite a few of them.” And Nautical 56’s seem to hang around south Florida. They are high freeboard, dry ships, well built and powerful bluewater cruisers. Stephen Seaton the designer told me this about the origins of his highly successful Nautical 56 design.

She is a “copy” of a boat I designed in 1969. The company who built the Nautical’s used about 90% of my design and changed (or omitted) several things. The deck house is a bit different than I wanted but close. The hull and rig is from my design but not the same as the first and most successful build. This first boat (Limmershin) had a much taller rig and a very high aspect ratio centerboard that let the boat go to windward very well. I even raced her in the SORC back in the early 70’s. She would point as high as some of the best race boats out there.

Nautical Development Corp. was located in Key Largo, FL from the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. After modifying Seaton’s Limmershin design, they starting production of the 56 Nautical in approximately 1979. Continue reading “Nautical Development 56 Review: Old Fashioned Success” »

February 2, 2010

Mast Step – Keel, Deck Stepped, Compression Post, Knee, Athwartship Beam

Filed under: Yachting — Tags: , , — Richard Jordan @ 1:26 pm

Masts are either keel or deck stepped. Continue reading “Mast Step – Keel, Deck Stepped, Compression Post, Knee, Athwartship Beam” »

January 30, 2010

Stiffeners – Deck Beams, Floors, Longitudinal Stringers, Bulkheads, Frames

Filed under: Yachting — Tags: , , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 11:25 am

Hulls need stiffeners to withstand shearing, torsion, tensile, etc. forces. Stiffers break up the long spans of fiberglass into more resilant pieces. Types include bulkheads, floors, frames, stringers, and beams. Continue reading “Stiffeners – Deck Beams, Floors, Longitudinal Stringers, Bulkheads, Frames” »

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