Here is where the post started from.
This is what one of the guys said about working on it.
You can hear one run. They're on You Tube, just search Napier Deltic 18 cyl engines. They're still used
in Locomotives & watercraft in England & Europe too. They are a "hoot" & get revved qwickly being a 2 stroke turbo and all.
I am not sure of the torque rating, they are turbo charged and make a rated 3600 hp each @ 2150 RPM,
so we've 7200 applicable Horsepressure. The boat will run 70 knots fully loaded (ordinance, crew of 12, etc. ).
It displaces 84 tons, is 80+ ft O/A from bow stem to the transom/stearn.
We are setting our Napiers up to run via PCM or "dreaded" computerized performance control module.
We want enhanced performance & efficiency. We are into all that sort of stuff. One of our crew developed
laser guidance systems after he was discharged from service where he worked on avionics systems
& helicopters back in the day.
It's great to see all the interest in this.
We are also restoring a 1940's Grumman TBF Avenger off the bottom of Lk Michigan,
We have, display & maintain a F-14B. Our Tomcat last flew in Iraq late '03 & flew off the Kennedy in '02 flying Iraqii
no fly zone patrols there. We have a T-33 that may have been one Don Mallick flew during Little Joe Project,
Ring Chute testing on Mercury Capsules & Monkey Drops during early days of NASA o the Atlantic Range
from Wallops Is. South etc. We're also trying to get a Douglas Dauntless SBD-5 Dive Bomber for static display here.
Our Museum's was a NAVAL AIR STATION training facility from early '42-mid 46. Duntless SBD's centerpiece
to the facility which introduced Florida to 1,000s of people who would not otherwise ever come here, but
now have moved here to retire etc. etc.
Our crew is a very diverse group of fairly accomplished individuals we're actually all volunteers too.