Thunderbird 2 - Mission Status


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 August 28, 2012 at 4:49pm

Matt Murfin sent me this photo of one of our propeller shafts getting machined to fit a belt drive sprocket. To this end of the shaft we add a stuffing box and two thrust bearings, and it's assembly time for the electric drive motors!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 15, 2012 at 8:07pm

Crikey, we had a film crew and about 8 volunteers on the boat today... thanks all! What a difference a lick of paint makes - here's the cargo hold hatch, almost ready for the neoprene seal... Rustoleum metal primer and white enamel gloss is a wonderful thing, and elbow grease by Thuy, Wendy, Bill and Dale made this possible. Now we can imagine the decks as snowy white as this!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 13, 2012 at 3:15pm

Volunteer Leah Blaschke working on our solar panel canopy frame preparing steel for welding, using a grinder. We look forward to getting the basic frame complete this afternoon, and even putting a half of our solar panels up to figure out where the bolt holes go!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 9, 2012 at 10:38am

IRG volunteer Joe Liffrig and Captain Ray celebrating after welding electrical conduit up to the flybridge, ready for radar, navigation lights and other electrical needs. As a celebration, it's a beer and firing up the hundreds of watts of sound through our loudspeakers! With Peter Frampton...

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 8, 2012 at 10:39pm

After a hard few days work on the flybridge, with Kirk Brandt wire-brushing the rust and old paint away, then Joe Liffrig helping cut a hole in the wheelhouse roof for a wiring pipe, we're finally ready to weld up a canopy from for our beautiful new solar panels kindly donated by BenQ Solar.

This evening, with Jack "The Professor" Li's help, we manhandled the six heavy panels up to the flybridge without breaking any of them (phew).

But the real reward was being able to finally route a couple of wires and hook up our bridge deck speakers and blast a few hundred watts of Rolling Stones through them with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale reward!

Wonder if they heard the music on USS Hornet?

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 7, 2012 at 8:15pm

Today I completed cutting the starboard penetration for the second propeller shaft! I'm hurting all over... This entailed making a 2' x 6" 3/4" steel plate insert, Kirk helped me draw around it as a template then centre-punched all round. Then I used an angle grinder and a cutting wheel to get the rectangle cut out of the 3/16" steel plate. Getting the hole in the right place was nerve-wracking.

Then I used a grinding stone to make smooth edges. To align the shaft so that it's horizontal and so that the propeller is the exactly correct distance from the keel reflecting the port side, I welded some angle-iron on the hull where the propeller goes and used shackles with a strap-down. This now holds the shaft in exactly the right place so that tomorrow I can carefully align it and then tack weld the shaft log (steel tube) to the hull. Then, finally, I can mark the insert template, cut out a hole so that it fills the gap between the hull plate and the tube, tack it in place and do final penetration welds. Upside-down, yeauch.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 7, 2012 at 7:58pm

This week, Kirk Brandt came three times to help work on the Thunderbird 2. He completely wire-brushed the old protective paint off the flybridge steering station and ground out rust patches, next we'll weld up a canopy frame for the six beautiful new solar panels from BenQ Solar! After that, it will be time to roll on some lovely white paint.

Comment by Shawn Coyle on June 1, 2012 at 1:45pm

Hi -- where does one go to volunteer and when? I'd like to help out... can I get a little more info -- like what kinds of tasks need to be done? whats helpful, etc? I love what you are trying to accomplish and I think I'd like to get involved! - Shawn




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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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