Top: The Romsdal pilothouse is original, with space for guests, a pilot’s berth, and a desk for navigation and radio work.
Above left: Cozy, compact, and comfortable, the saloon is a quiet place for relaxing, reading, or watching videos.
Above right: Originally, a stairway rose from the galley to the pilothouse above. To create a workable, home-style kitchen,
owner Bill Lee moved the stairs. In a previous life, the stool bases supported gumball dispensers.
power source. The starboard engine is for standby, get-home use. The main engine drives the boat at 7. 5–8
knots at 1800 rpm while burning 6.5gph. Slowing to
1600 rpm and 6. 5–7 knots reduces fuel burn to 5.5gph.
The shaft and its 44-inch, variable-pitch propeller are
V-belt driven via a large bull wheel on the output side of
the Twin Disc 4.5: 1 reduction gear. The belts are special-
ordered in matched sets to guarantee that each is
precisely the same length. The main engine drives
the shaft with eight belts; the standby diesel drives
via six belts.
The belts last for years if properly tensioned, and
those on Ocean Quest appear to be in top condition.
Just in case, Bill keeps several spare sets aboard.