Thursday, May 8, 2008

A few pictures of the shakedown cruise to Jacksonville.

The first is at the River Landing downtown for lunch at Hooters.

I had the boat launched by travel lift at Sadler Point Marina due to the wind that day.

Great shot of the bottom I could never get on the trailer.

The draw bridge at the entrance of the Ortega River from the St. Johns River.

Nice shot of Jacksonville from the water.


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My custom Glen L Marine design was built in 1993 by a great guy name Louie. He has cruised the boat, formerly named "L's Belle" from Jacksonville to South Carolina and back on many occasions. Maybe you have seen her. It has many features that make it a perfect extended live-aboard trailerable trawler. It is a super boat and I know Louie will miss her...Thanks Louie!

This HERCULES has the traditional character of larger blue water cruising yachts including economy of operation and extended range, in a size that's trailerable anywhere free of low bridges! It can cruise over 600 miles on one filling of diesel fuel. A great trailerable coastal cruiser.

Full standing headroom throughout, even in the head! The forward toilet room has a shower. For convenience, all line and anchor handling forward can be done from inside through the forward hatch. There's a pilothouse complete with helmsman's and first mate's seating.

Designed for economical cruising, it is no speedboat. With a high freeboard and deep forefoot, it will cruise along with an easy ride, but at a leisurely pace.
While it is a compact craft, she packs in a lot of accommodations. The galley is outfitted for complete self-containment. There are two full size berths that I will make a sofa conversion. The cockpit is deep and self-draining, plus there's a transom door and swim platform. Some additional features the previous owner added are, a Dickenson solid fuel heater, an auto pilot, an engine room temp gauge viewable from the outside, and an extra thick composite bottom .

Length overall 24'-1"

Length waterline 22'-0"

Beam 8'-0"

Hull draft 24"

Displacement 5532 lbs. in it's original form.

The total weight of the boat and trailer are 8900 lbs according to a certified truck weight scale.

Hull weight (approx.) 1600 lbs.

Hull depth 6'-9"

Freeboard forward 5'-0"

Freeboard aft 3'-2"

Height overall 10'-10"

Road clearance on trailer 13'-6" max allowed.

Headroom 6' to 6'-6"

Cockpit size 4'-3" x 6'

Cockpit depth 32"

Fuel capacity 80 gals.

Fresh water capacity 40 gals.

Sleeping accommodations 2 adults.

Hull type: Semi-displacement, hard chine hull with practical cruising speed of 7 knots, and a maximum hull speed of approx. 9 knots.

Bottom design features bulbous forefoot with a reverse curve at the chine. Triple diagonally planked bottom to a total thickness of 3/4". Topsides double planked with sheet plywood to a total thickness of 1/2". All of the exterior above and below the waterline is epoxy fiberglass coated.


Single centrally mounted Perkins Perama-M30 29 hp diesel with a 2:1 reduction gear produces a 7 knot cruising speed and a maximum of 9 knots.