August 2018 - Shop Talk

 New 31FT Full Cabin as part of our Yachtline. The aluminum has been ordered and will be complete Q1 of 2019! 

New 31FT Full Cabin as part of our Yachtline. The aluminum has been ordered and will be complete Q1 of 2019! 

August was a hot one! So hot in fact we ordered a pair of the top of the line evaporative coolers to help the crews battle the heat while still keeping pace for busiest month to date. All of us in the Pacific Northwest also faced a continuing summer tread, weeks of forest fire generated smoke filling the air. The smoke not only created a stifling atmosphere but out on the water the visibility was so poor at times that you couldn’t see more than a mile! Challenging the smaller fishing boats on the water. For us, it gave us more of an opportunity to test the new radar units and chart plotters.

One of the great new features we are sharing with our clients are the “auto guidance / routing” features now available in US waterways. Offered by both our OEM brands, Simrad & Garmin, with two simple clicks on the screen, your chartplotter can now provide you with a calculated, safe navigable route. Much like your cars navigation system. For those that also add autopiloting or Mercury’s JPO system, once the route has been generated, you can simply engage your autopilot and away you go. Now I know what you are thinking, while similar to the Tesla auto driving principle, boats do not have the sophisticated sensors to warn you and steer you around obstacles in the water, including other boats! So while it will generate a course, following the waypoints and warn you of AIS collision targets you will still have to be vigilant at the helm. The larger summer tides pull a lot of wood from the beaches, and they often get stuck current rips that form due to our ever changing underwater landscape.

So why use these new features if they still require attention at the helm, well because they can also offer some safety features and they generate important information about your journey. Like your time to arrive, distance to your destination, and thus fuel consumption. As far as safety features, because they are auto-routing, they are generating waypoints that are located away from shallow water or underwater obstacles. When waypoints are manually entered we often enter fewer points because it takes too long. Well the auto-routing generates as many points as it needs to keep your route away from the dangerous underwater features. It will even notify you of hazards you may pass on our journey. Like channel buoys or harbors.

To add auto-routing for either charting brands, all you need is the latest software updates and Platinum charts.

WHATS IN THE SHOP RIGHT NOW

Boats that moved out of the weld shop this month included: 40FT Dive Boat for Maui, Custom 33FT Full Cabin with flush deck and luxurious amenities, 18FT RIB

While we were continuing to weld on: 31FT Full Cabin & 22FT RIB

At the rigging shop we finished the second 31FT GT Coupe and continued work on a 29FT Full Cabin, 18FT RIB, 21FT Center Console, and the 40FT Dive Boat for Maui.

 

BOAT SHOWS

In August we attended the Maritime Security conference in San Diego. This conference is held twice a year. In the late summer/ fall on the west coast and in the spring on the east coast. We were asked to present at the show on innovative technologies we are working on and what trends we are seeing in the industry.

 

CUSTOMER FOLLOW UPS

With so many clients out on the water this year we had lots of great stories to share. The Falcon Patrol become a fishing catching machine in the Puget sound. This first time boat owner, absolutely loved the control and usability the Mercury JPO system gave him. He can back his boat into his narrow slip with ease!

We also heard from a few boats that headed north seeking adventure. At only a 3.5hr run we had client go from Roache to Cortez Island. He loves the speed at which he can travel comfortably, making day trips out of slower weekend trips in his old boat. In “Flirtn’ with Disaster” a 29FT Hardtop, our client shared from Lund it only took then 1:45 to get all the way up to Chatterbox Falls. Something we could never had done before. Even the recently delivered Side Targa blew the clients away for how comfortable the boat was. They adventured all summer and spent 11 overnight trips up in Desolation Sound.

Our boats are designed for safety, versatility, and adventure. Our clients are out on them and finding out exactly what we talk about. Come see us at the Lake Union Boats - Afloat in September and learn more! 

July 2018 - Shop Talk

LEARN WHAT TOOK PLACE IN JULY 2018

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July is the pinnacle of summer fun. With the month kicking off with one of the best reasons to get out on the water for the 4th, and followed up with the start to crabbing and salmon fishing season in the Pacific NW, boating season is in full swing. Life Proof Boats is also in full swing, with the weld shop busy wrapping up welding on a new 29FT Full Cabin, and 21FT Center Console while continuing progress on a sleek looking new 33FT Full Cabin, 31FT Full Cabin, 40FT Passenger RIB for Maui, and a 18FT RIB. 

In the rigging facility we are currently working on our second GT coupe,  a 33FT Full Cabin with Diesel Inboard, a 23FT Runabout, and starting work on the new 29FT Full Cabin and 21FT Center Console. 

New Boats Launched this month include our new 33FT Full Cabin "Orcin Whales" and the 23FT Runabout that we currently have for sale as a spec boat. 

BOAT SHOWS ATTENDED

We had a great time attending our first Kirkland Uncorked Event, exhibiting with the NMTA who also is the group that puts on the Seattle Boat Show. It was a weekend full of sun which brought a lot of new people out who got too see the two boats we brought over for the event: a 23FT Runabout and 23FT Diesel Center Console. 

We also flew to Baltimore to exhibit at the MACC (Multi Agency Craft Conference) Show. It is sponsored by the American Society of Naval Engineers. At this show most exhibitors bring some of the latest and great boats and equipment to show the USCG, ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, and other attending agencies. It is also a great event for us as a boat builder to learn about the future contracts and goals the Federal Government wants to achieve over the next couple of years. Diesel Outboard technology continues to be one of the biggest focal points at the show. We were able to ride on a boat fitted with the OXE diesel outboards, and BRP's new multi fuel engine which will hopefully also be capable of running on diesel. Currently it is approved for JP, gasoline, and kerosene. 

COMPANY CHANGES 

We extended job offers to a handful of skilled boat builders this month with focuses on expanding all departments in the company. Very excited about our new team members. Some of which are travel here from other states around the US. 

CUSTOMER FOLLOW UPS

We received a great email this month from a client. There was an accident that took place with a pair of jet skiers over the weekend. He wanted to thank us because it was due to the "great boats" that we was able to rescue them and he wanted us to pass that along to our employees. 

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Also had a great opportunity to go out fishing with one of our clients on BOLT. I can report our boats catch fish! And Crab! It was a fun outing! 

CONCLUSION

We hope everyone has a safe month on the water, and we look forward to sharing more in our August Shop Talk! 

SAFE BOATING EVERYONE!

WorkBoat Magazine Reporting on Whale Tour Boat

Life Proof Boats delivers whale watcher to Washington state

By Ken Hocke on MAY 7, 2018

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New whale watcher is working the waters around San Juan Islands in Washington state. Life Proof Boats photo

Inventech Maine Solutions — builders of Life Proof Boats in Bremerton, Wash. — has delivered a 40’x12′ whale watching tour boat to Western Prince Cruises/Orca Whale Watch, Friday Harbor, Wash.

The Subchapter T vessel has been approved for commercial coastwise service carrying 26 passengers and two crew. It is propelled by a pair of Hamiltonjet HJ292 waterjets which are powered by twin Cummins QSB 6.7 480-hp diesel engines with ZF 280 transmissions.

Capacities include 275 gals. of diesel fuel and 20 gals. of fresh water. Scantling, keel bar and plating was calculated using Lloyd’s G2 service area requirements.

During stability on-water tests, testing was considered with 200 lbs. per person simulated to cover any future increase in the Coast Guard’s recognized weight per passenger. The configuration of passengers seated, standing or moving to one side, passed the requirements with additional safety margins.

Western Prince Cruises came to Life Proof Boats for the newest addition to its fleet because they felt the boatbuilder was the best fit for this business model, Life Proof said. After understanding more about Western Prince’s operations, Life Proof drafted a conceptual model for the center console layout.

IMS designs and engineers all of its vessels in house. The new whale watcher is based on the family of Life Proof Boats 22° deadrise all 5086 aluminum construction monohull with closed cell foam collars. Final lightship weight was recorded as 15,330 lbs. During builders trials the vessel’s top speed was 43.6 knots with ¾ fuel and water, and five persons on board. During trials, which simulated a max weight load, the vessel recorded a cruise speed of 33.5 knots, burning a combined 35.4 gph, giving the vessel a 7.7 hours/258 nm range at cruising speed.

The electronics package includes a Simrad GPS/depth/radar, Standard Horizon VHF and Fusion stereo with a hydrophone connection to give clients the experience of listening to the underwater songs of whales singing. The console is set above the engine room giving crew maximum visibility with limited obstructions to seek out the waters of the San Juan Islands’ marine life. To assist with an unbalanced load, the vessel is fitted with a Zipwake automatic trim control system. The bow is configured with in-deck storage and a manual lowering drop-bow with a fold four-step ladder for beach landing.

Customers can enjoy 4″ thick cushions with durable black and red seats. Each seated position has storage inside the box, and forward facing seats include mesh pockets for storing small items during the journey. There is also a onboard fresh water plumbed flushing head in the forward trunk of the center console. In addition, the vessel carries automatic fire suppression, a brass “shark bell” warning bell, a 30-person IBA, multiple water-tight compartments and foam collars with additional buoyancy foam within the engine room and hull voids.

Aluminum, Salt Water and Different Alloys

We recently received a email asking about aluminum boats and how it holds up in salt water, because this particular individual was told by a friend aluminum doesn't hold up long term in salt water. 

Well I put together a response to that email and i thought I would share my response to him. 

Here is email original question:

"Hello, I have been looking at your boats and wanted to ask what you think about aluminum hulls and salt water? I been looking to upgrade my alumacraft and talking to a buddy saying the next boat I get I should stay away from aluminum's if I plan to continue to play in the sound. After 8 years my boat has shown some salt water damage. I wanted to get your opinion on why I should stay with aluminum boats. specifically if I choose to go with your boats. thanks "

Here is my response:

"Thanks for contacting us with this inquiry. There is a reason aluminum is such a favorite of the commercial industry and is continuing to be more popular with NW fisherman. It is extremely durable, and strong. Fiberglass cracks, fades, and is hard to repair. With aluminum boats, you just use them and don’t worry about what happens. Now you mention salt water and protection from galvanic corrosion. Just like any piece of metal, aluminum will corrode over time, that is why boats that are left in salt water do need to be bottom painted, this creates a barrier from the salt water. It also helps with growth. The second requirement is having the proper cathodic protection. Typically called Zincs. All metal parts should have Zincs on them, like outboards for example have them. They are sacrificial and protect the boats. We don't use true Zincs anymore but choose to use a specific alloy of aluminum that is designed to better protect aluminum boats. Most engine manufactures use material as well. 

As long as you replace your Zincs on a regular basis and keep the bottom paint on the hull you wont have any issues. I have fished on 40 year old boats in Alaska made from aluminum and they are just as good as the day they were new, if you keep up the maintenance on them. Cant say the same for 40 year old fiberglass boats.

Now there are different types of aluminum and they respond differently in salt water. 5086 alloy is generally considered industry standard for commercial boats. 5052 is used a lot in river jet boats because it is softer and can flex more when they hit river rocks. But it is not as good in salt water and does not have the same overall strength properties of 5086.

Aluminum boats are often referred to as Tin boats because of the thin gauge of aluminum used in their construction. That is generally only with the “cookie cutter” style aluminum boats that are mass produced and for sale at big box stores. They are also made with cheaper alloys of aluminum to help with cost and retail price. Now we only choose to only use 5086, it is one of the most expensive alloy grades but is the best. The Navy requires 5086 alloy below the waterline on all their contracts, if that tells you anything.

I hope this helps explain more on aluminum, boats, and salt water use."

Seattle Boat Show 2018

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Life Proof Boats will be @ 2018 Seattle Boat Show! 

January 26th - February 3rd 

Century Link Event Field - Booth EAST HALL 212

See more details at SeattleBoatShow.com

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BOATS ON DISPLAY

 33FT FULL CABIN

33FT FULL CABIN

 27FT FULL CABIN

27FT FULL CABIN

 21FT TTOP

21FT TTOP

 13FT RIB

13FT RIB


AT BELL STREET MARINA 

We will also be exhibiting in the water at Bell Street Marina. 

 31FT Full Cabin

31FT Full Cabin

 31FT Full Cabin

31FT Full Cabin


If you want to setup a private meeting during the show with a sales agent please let us know. 


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31FT GT Coupe to join new models for 2018

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Already announcing a handful of new models for 2018, Life Proof Boats is pleased to announce another model has finished the design phase is green lighted to start production first quarter of 2018. This project code named the "GT Coupe" is targeting a market of clients who love the feeling of a open cabin boat (no rear bulkhead) but have the option of snapping in a canvas enclosure to create a closed cabin compartment for those raining or cold days on the water. Lounging and entertaining guests is also a major focal point for this design driving a flush cabin deck and lots of seating options. This first production model will feature three suspension seats but available options for cabin layouts will offer an additional bench seat in lieu of the rear suspension seat. 

Interacting with the water is our class leading 22 degree, fine entry 31FT hull. Outfitted with twin 350HP outboards this boat will see speeds on the boarder line of 60mph. With Suzuki's new dual prop 350HP outboards and gear ratio you should easily be able to push this boat beyond the 60mph mark. 

Available with our signature drop bow door, and fold out ladder. This is sure a boat that will favor well with any boater looking to do some exploring. 

The list of amenities available is more than the fair share for the average boater. A flushing head, is standard on all models and the cuddy cabin berth is large enough to easily accommodate two adults overnight in comfort. 

 

 


Come find us at the 2018 Seattle Boat Show to find out more details. 

22FT RIB Finishes Design Phase & Heading to Production

We are proud to announce a new 22FT RIB design has been completed and the plate has been ordered to start construction. This design incorporated some of our new familiar design ques as well as a few new innovate approaches to the classic RIB center console configuration. 

As one of the fundamental boat styles used but both government agencies and recreational uses from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts we decided it was time for us to put our unique flair on it. 

With a 30" wide center console and seating on both the front and rear of the boat. You can easily accommodate any mission. The main bench seat at the helm can also be swapped with a suspension style, or jockey style bench seat. 

Propulsion packages can range from a single 115HP up to a 250HP outboard.

For pricing details please contact our sales team and so we can tailor the package better for your needs. 

 

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21FT Hard Top Delivered

21FT Hard Top

Life Proof Boats is proud to announce the completion and delivery of a new 21FT Hard Top boat to our growing fleet of models. 

The design concept for this boat came from the love for a hardtop that is simple and can be offered at more of a price point to the market. We also love having a glass windscreen for the fact that you can then have a wiper blade. The glass was direct glazed and looks fantastic. There are lots of options for seating in the boat depending on the activity and guest count. With seating for 6 in the front or 6 in the boat, this boat offered lots of versatility. The driver and navigator seats sit behind a 50" wide console and are mounted on 4" suspension pedestal style seat posts offered by Taco Marine. They also have 6" of slide fore and aft with a 180 degree swivel option. 

For those cooler winter months you can option a full canvas enclosure that will keep you out of the weather, and if desired we can also install a diesel heater in the console. 

The rear bench converts to a sun pad within seconds to add another dimension to the boat for those wanting to lounge in the sun. 

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Rear seat in the up position.

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Rear seat converted to sun pad. 

Options and Performance

With a large section of power options you can use this platform in almost any situation. this first model was outfitted with a single 150HP Honda outboard, but could handle up to a 300HP Outboard. Speeds with the 150HP power plant topped out at 38 mph no matter if the boat had 4 adults on board and a full tank or just 1 person. Cruise speed is comfortable around 26-28 mph and at these speeds you will only be burning 6-6.5 gallons/hr. 

The deadrise of the hull is our desired 22 degree deep vee so it cuts through the water with ease. This hull also includes our delta shoe and performance fins, so it can turn on a dime. 

Overall weight of the boat came in around 4300 lbs as configured. The majority of the weight is decks down, keeping the vertical center of gravity very low, adding stability and ride quality. The hull plate on this boat will be offered as either .25" or .190" depending on the HP and water line length. 

Decks are welded down and two 4" rear and two  3" FWD deck scupper help to evacuate any water that finds its way inside the boat. 

Wrap Up

For those looking for a built tough little T-TOP that was very well thought out for life on the water this boat delivers. It shares all the great features we love with our bigger boats and puts them into an affordable, highly versatile platform that can sit almost any lifestyle. 

With a single 150HP Outboard Prices start at $89,000.00


For more information 

Email: Info@InventechMarine.com
Phone: (360) 674-7019