Busted Flush project complete

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Posted by Bill Bishop on 2018-03-04 19:42:42

For those who have tarpon fished the waters around the Little Shark River in the Glades you will understand the lure of Returning often. This is a very remote destination calling for long uncomfortable skiff rides. A mothership is the ultimate answer.
My previous such vessel wasn’t suitable for numerous reasons. The 54 Hatteras was spacious but drew too much water and used too much fuel. That boat was thirstier than I was.

Following an extensive search I landed on a Canadian built aluminum houseboat/trawler called an Alcan. The boat was built in 1969. I am not aware of another Alcan in existence in the US.

It was equipped with the original 170hp Volvo engines with outdrives. The boat was slow ( fifteen mph)making the 120 mile jaunt to the Shark from Boca Grande risky because of the time required to run in the open Gulf.

The project to refit the boat with outboards took 3 1/2 months. Mounting the pair of 300hp Suzuki outboards called for extensive bracketry and welding modifications to the 3/8” thick aluminum transom. I ended up adding nearly six feet to the length to the boat bringing now to 43’.

Our first sea trial took place last week. The top speed was 42mph. The draft is a mere 21 inches. Jack plates allow the engines lower units be lifted just above the hull . It crusises at 26 mph at 4500 rpms and gets around 2.5 miles to the gallon. I carry 200 gallons so over 400 miles plus fuel for the generator for extended trips is ample.

An onboard Daviit will allow me to carry my 16 foot flat bottom wood skiff on the upper deck or tow it behind.

Few things these days exceed my expectations but the Busted Flush has done just that.

I’ve had a few folks ask me if the toilet works give my choice of the name. Those of you who are familiar with Travis McGee will understand. I’ll send Dan some pics to post for me. I understand boat mechanics but computer stuff is a real challenge.

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