The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is constructing a 25′ zero-emission pump out boat that will provide free services in Port Ludlow Bay. This pilot project features electric and solar technology and a corrosion prevention system keeping heavy metals out of the water.
The project came together through a collaboration with local marine businesses, private donors, and state agencies aligned around a common goal of promoting environmental stewardship – from its zero-emission propulsion system to its role in keeping waterways clean of wastewater. Clean Bay has already been recognized by the state’s Maritime Blue Initiative for modeling effective use of zero-emissions systems for workboats.
“Building Clean Bay has given students experience with laminating, strip-planking, and cold-molded construction; vacuum infusion; foam core construction; working with CNC production; millwork; and joinery, says Contemporary Boatbuilding Instructor Bruce Blatchley. Students in the Marine Systems program will get experience with custom systems design and installation, load calculations for propulsion and energy storage, sizing of solar modules, and impressed current cathodic protection. “Working closely with designers and composite specialists in town gives our students firsthand knowledge of new technologies,” says Bruce.
Now in the home stretch, students in the Contemporary Boatbuilding class of 2020 have finished painting the deck, installing the drains from the foredeck hatch scuppers to the outside of the boat, installing the windows and building the Dutch door in the pilot house in addition to laying out the dashboard. Soon they will pass the baton to students in the Marine Systems program.
Locally Designed. Naval architect Tim Nolan, based in Port Townsend, WA, developed the CLEAN BAY design.
Locally Engineered. Turnpoint Design, based in Port Townsend, WA, used CNC technology to cut the CLEAN BAY forms.
Locally Built. Students at the Boat School, based in Port Hadlock, WA, are building the hull, deck, house, and installing the marine systems.
Locally Operated. Port Ludlow Marine will operate the CLEAN BAY pump out boat, offering pump out services to any vessel in Port Ludlow, WA.
Designed to Teach
The CLEAN BAY pump out boat will be a platform of learning for students to learn hands-on skills such as:
- Laminating, strip planking, and cold molding techniques and construction methods
- Vacuum infusion
- Foam core construction
- Working with CNC production
- Millwork and joinery
- Custom systems design and installation
- Load calculations for propulsion and energy storae
- Sizing of solar modules
- Impressed current cathodic protection
The CLEAN BAY pump out will carry an environmental message that functions for its cause is constructed and operated using sustainable technology. We know that:
- Free pump out opportunities will increase use of service
- Research by Washington State Grant shows that boat owners are more likely to use portable pump out boats than stationary facilities
- This proof-of-concept electric and solar work boat will: reduce carbon footprint, reduce vessel noise that impacts local whale populations, reduce potential for small oil and fuel spills, reduce the release of cadmium and other metals associated with some corrosion protection systems.
October/November 2019 Professional Boatbuilder Magazine