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Thunderbird 2 - Mission Status

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Thunderbird 2 - Mission Status

STATUS: This vessel will be moving to a new dock during early November. Work parties to complete will be posted soon.

May-13: After the weekend of hell, getting the boat prematurely into the water before Nelson's Yard was closed down, we're now getting her ready for sea trials!

This is a 57 foot steel sailing trawler - with volunteer crews and medical professionals, this single vessel will be able to carry enough food, water and medical supplies to keep 1,000 survivors alive after a coastal disaster with fresh water, food and medical supplies. We are an entirely volunteer organization.

Our construction is accelerating, but we need help! We need volunteers to help with carpentry, plumbing, electrics, painting and welding! If you can help, here's a list of items we are trying to source to fully commission.

LATEST: Now recruiting a VOLUNTEER CAPTAIN to accept a long-term contract to cruise the South China Sea mid 2014, to join the vessel any time from now. You maintain the boat in the condition we give her to you and respond to IRG missions - and we'll help you raise funds for Thunderbird 2's cruise! Note: All IRG captains, operatives staff and board of directors are unpaid volunteers. Captain's license not necessary, we're looking for cruising experience mixed with passion for our cause, resourcefulness, independence and competence. Medical background a plus.

Message Captain Ray if you're interested or sign into this Group and express your interest! Feel free to call 408-256-1290 to discuss.

Location: Alameda
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2013

T2's Lineplan

Jack "Professor" Li modelled T2's hull for our displacement and stability calculations, all vital data to help us understand Thunderbird 2's ballasting, offshore stability estimates, drive and propeller sizing and what kind of sailing rig she can handle. 

Discussion Forum

Diesel-electric hybrid propulsion

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Feb 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Engine Installation

Started by Dale A. Bagnell. Last reply by 07w0jnay2fe7v Nov 13, 2011. 3 Replies

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 14, 2013 at 12:44pm

Peterson Power of San Leandro are stars - they donated a bank of batteries for Thunderbird 2's solar power system - thank you!!

Comment by Natasha Pyle on May 4, 2013 at 6:59pm

On the water! Fantastic work everyone!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 19, 2013 at 4:19pm

David Perez helping shape the propeller struts.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 28, 2013 at 12:51pm

An article with photos about a week in my life - machining Thunderbird 2's drive couplings, stuffing boxes, helm and hydraulic tiller assembly at the Mad Machinist Matt MacMurfin's school bus shop!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 28, 2013 at 12:49pm

IRG is mentioned in this World Maritime News article about our use of Outback Power for charging ship's systems using solar energy! 

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 27, 2013 at 7:09pm

David Hagedorn and Captain Ray cut off the welded raw-water intake standpipe. This 3" standpipe has a huge bronze flanged seacock on top, which feeds a massive Groco strainer and a manifold with six 1" bronze ball valves.

http://youtu.be/uTtWzGGU_6w

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 27, 2013 at 9:05am

Outback Power, who donated two FLEXmax 80 charge controllers that allow Thunderbird 2 total energy independence from our solar panel array, launched a Press Release citing IRG!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 20, 2013 at 6:57pm

Awesome progress today, thanks to Mathew Chanal, Stuart Thompson, Matthew Hock and Captain Evelyne! We got the through-hulls in for sewage, sinks (galley, pilothouse and head) and four for the generator raw-water coolant exhausts - AND - the deck-fills for fresh water and fuel, and the sewage pump-out... We're getting closer and closer to a functioning boat! 

We even managed to get the tiller head with hydraulic rams placed ready to weld the angle-iron frame thanks to Mathew Chanal's help.

Comment by Carlos Velasco on January 21, 2013 at 9:39am
I have experience in electrical work, soldering, brazing and I'm a welder. I can help some weekdays and weekends. Let me know if I can help. :)
Comment by Captain Evelyne on January 10, 2013 at 9:29pm

 
 
 

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Discussion Forum

Diesel-electric hybrid propulsion

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Feb 20, 2013. 0 Replies

Wayne Goldman and Heather Scannon donated a twin Glacier Bay OSSA Powerlite system to IRG in 2012, and we're now in the final steps to completing installation. Next week, we should be running up the…Continue

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Engine Installation

Started by Dale A. Bagnell. Last reply by 07w0jnay2fe7v Nov 13, 2011. 3 Replies

I was looking at the size of your big Perkins Diesel engine.  Is your bow hatch big enough to get the motor into the boat?  How will you move it around inside the hull to get it positioned correctly?…Continue

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