Meet my new floating lab, Datawake

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Hello from the new floating lab! For nearly a year I was immersed in the sale of Nomadness and the acquisition of Datawake — simultaneous exhausting projects involving boatyards, surveys, fractal to-do lists, complex logistics, and two wonderful guys who made boat buying and selling uncharacteristically pleasant (without brokers, and still friends after it’s all over!). Now I am immersed again in nautical geekery, and have been living aboard since the first of February:

Before I start writing in detail about individual projects, I should set the stage with an introduction to the ship. Datawake is a 50-foot Delta power boat of Vic Franck design… a northwest classic built in 1974. The company still exists and now conjures luxury mega-yachts, but this is from their early years of building high-speed fishing boats for harsh Gulf of Alaska conditions.

This is a semi-planing hull, and the cruising sweet spot at 2150 RPM with pyros at 900°F is around 17 knots… although she can hit 24 at wide-open throttle if you want to empty the 700 gallon diesel tanks as quickly as possible. The engines are a pair of Cummins VT-903 turbos, and at the efficient part of the power curve she burns about a gallon per mile.In displacement mode, she’s not bad at all, with a hull form that moves easily at “trolling speeds,” though I’m told to avoid the 12-15 knot range.

Read the full post on Nomadness.

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2 Responses to Meet my new floating lab, Datawake

  1. Steven Roberts April 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks ,David! I think 3D printers are just perfect for on-board applications… so many odd, one-off gewgaws we always need on these floating contraptions. Congrats on the new Prusa!

    And sure – holler next time you’re up in the islands!

  2. David Geller March 30, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    Great post. Loved learning about the boat. Envious of all the work space you have for your tech toys. Love the fact that you’ve got a small 3D printer on-board as well. That could be useful for parts that need making. I just bought a Prusa i3 in kit form on Amazon that arrives Friday. Can’t wait to play with it. I’ve been creating 3D printed cases for a WiFi extender I’ve been building. Do you give boat tours for visitors to Friday Harbor (or wherever you are, at the time)?

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