"Kurpfalz", Decommissioned German Customs Patrol Boat
Kurpfalz was originally commissioned by the German Government as a “Zollboot” or Customs Patrol Boat and believed to be in service as such from 1958 to 1990.
She was built by Schless Werft of Wesel am Rhein in riveted Aluminium alloy. Hull form is single chine with a deep V bow warping to flat sections aft. She has been part converted into a pleasure craft but many original features have been retained.
Random ultrasonic thickness readings were taken (July 2003) on the hull shell plating using a Touchstone 3 gauge and the results confirmed that the plating remained within close tolerance of the original thicknesses of 4.5mm – 5mm (as shown on the midships section drawing).
A six month programme of restoration was carried out in 2004. Her hull was stripped back to bare metal, aluminium primers, undercoating and RAL topcoats applied. New oak belting port and starboard. Anchor refurbishment. New bilge pump connected to original plumbing. Replaced port and starboard stern glands with new.
The rudders are of double plate hollow construction and the stainless steel stock is supported by upper roller bearings in the rudder tube and one bottom pintle supported by a skeg attached to the propeller “Y” brackets. The upper bearings are greased by local nipple.
The vessel is fitted with chain and rod mechanical steering with a bulkhead mounted wheel located in the wheelhouse. The starboard rudder stock is fitted with a quadrant to accept the chain, the port rudder stock is fitted with a tiller and the two stocks are connected by a tie bar. Emergency steering is provided by a hand tiller which can be dropped onto the square end of either stock through screwed deck plates.
Two three-bladed fixed pitch bronze propellers and stainless steel tail shafts are fitted. The shafts are supported by “Y” brackets with a water lubricated bearing and water lubricated cutlass bearings in the stern tube.
The deck is of riveted aluminium alloy construction using non slip “chequer plate”. Hinged aluminium hatches provide access to the forepeak and steering compartment.
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