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.
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