Now, that is a gorgeous engine compartment!
Originally Posted by Pennpromo
I can't remember of many staggered engined layouts with perfectly straight exhausts from the front engine to the transom, with no curves at all. Lovely.
Are they dry all the way through the transom, or is the cooling water mixed back before, somewhere?
Either ways, I'd love to hear those babies singing. I've only heard an Ilmor powered boat so far, terrific sound indeed. And she had just one of them!
With apologies also from my part to the OP, but I'm sure that Cookee will forgive us!
Last edited by MapisM; 05-07-11 at 22:19.
Can vouch for the noise! They sound simply amazing!!!
No problem - boat porn always welcome - Cowes is next, here's a little story about our time in Cowes, by the way it was Cowes in 2005 that we clinched the National Championships in RIB Formula 1.
The last time John Cooke and Graham Lawton got to the start of the Cowes Torquay race it was in 2005 and they were in the Formula One RIB that they would win the National Championship in that year. Unfortunately for them the weather was too bad and the race was cancelled. Cowes has been good to the team, in BananaShark’s first ever season in 2000 they entered the Class III C European Championships winning the first race in fairly difficult conditions beating previous World and European champions in the process, the second of two races sadly led to their retirement around the far side of the Isle of Wight whilst in the lead, but the rough water dominance of the BananaShark 24 had been proven.
The team is back for 2011 with a bigger boat, more engines and a bigger crew. The boat is a 34’ partial canopy boat built to UIM (powerboat racings world governing body) regulations powered by twin 3 litre Yanmar diesel engines supplied by E P Barrus and racing in “E” Class for marathon racing. The 2011 Cowes Torquay race organised by the RB12 team is a fitting official start to BananaShark’s campaign which will culminate in two of the biggest marathon races ever – the Round Britain 2012 race starting and finishing in Weymouth, and the Cowes to Monte Carlo race in 2013. Not only have E P Barrus joined the team for the second time, but they have been joined by the leading electronics manufacturer Raymarine who have fitted the boat out with the latest in GPS technology which will not only help the crew find their way around the course, but also integrate with the digital output from the engines and therefore monitor the efficiency of the vessel as a whole. The boat is also fitted with full race harnesses and air supplies for any emergency, a Raymarine VHF with DSC capability linked up to the GPS systems and navigation screens that can be fed information from the navigators position. The boat also has an intercom system linked into a separate VHF to communicate with race control for extra security.
A word about the crew: John Cooke and Graham Lawton have three British Championships between them and John also has a couple of speed records to his name, they are being joined for the first time by OCR (Offshore Circuit Racing) racer Jeremy Gibson. Jeremy is another local from the South Hams area in South Devon and the team is based near the famous holiday destination of Salcombe which will see the team regularly go on training and testing runs throughout the year.
The boat is named the 34 Stirling after Ian Stirling, a good friend of everybody at BananaShark and the world of powerboat racing who lost his life in a tragic accident last year – the boat will have its official launch at “The Admirals Trophy” being held in Charlestown in Cornwall on the 6th and 7th of August also being held in honour of Ian.
BananaShark racing in Poole – June 2011 http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/d...%20in%20Poole/
E P Barrus www.barrus.co.uk
Salcombe harbour www.southhams.gov.uk
BananaShark Team E-Lites launch party
Island Street Bar and Grill 13/8/2011
Launching our new sponsor E-Lites Electronic Cigarettes for 2011 and 2012 - The Race boat in its new livery complete with the latest networked Raymarine electronics and amazingly economical Yanmar engines will be alongside the bar for the evening with the usual great drink and food available - Book early if you're coming and everyone is welcome!
We will be doing a limited number of demo's to genuinely interested parties and VIP's during the day and possibly on Sunday weather and time permitting - pre-booked only though.
No free beer! :-)
Here are some graphics kindly rendered by Petter Martins in Norway (Scand on here), these are the rough idea of how the boat will look, luckily there is no tobacco involved so they can't ban us from TV!
We will be keeping the interior matt black but producing small stickers for the benefit of the on board cameras.
Last edited by Cookee; 13-07-11 at 07:59.
That really does look stunning the finished back end looks good have you put iy on yet?
Probably should have mentioned the venue - Salcombe's Island Street Bar and Grill on the 13th of August!
Originally Posted by Cookee
Last edited by Cookee; 13-07-11 at 07:58.
Hi everyone - Sorry for a bit of a gap in posting, Mr Unwin has been working his magic on the rams - we have them back now and they are fitted and bled - he very kindly brought them down last Friday as he doesn't trust couriers with precious cargo like these! We are getting on with the "Bustle" which is including the exhaust, it's all looking brilliant.
Still no further on with the measurement certificate issues ............
Also showing the bracing for the engine mounts and the internal structure for the exhausts.
It surely does! Congrats, great job indeed.
Originally Posted by Cookee
I'm curious about the exhausts. I guess you aren't running them completely dry, 'cause I don't see any separate exit for the cooling water.
If so, at which point does the cooling water re-enter in the exhaust pipes, before or after the structure visible in the last pic?
We have to run the standard exhausts, so the water joins the exhaust just after the turbos - we also have a drain at that point which doesn't allow water to sit in the riser.
Originally Posted by MapisM
By the way the recess in the bustle is for the liferaft - no way that's falling out! (You have to have been in Cowes last year to get that one!)