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Old Jul 10, 2013, 09:14 PM
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Rudder Installed on Boat B

Hi Everyone,
Boat B came by for another visit today, and we built and installed the shoe for the rudder, the rudder stuffing box, and bolted in the bollards. Everything lined up as it should....measured twice, drilled once, crossed our eyes and pulled the trigger on the drill. This boat should track pretty well since she came out really straight. We should be able to skin the aft part of the boat on her next visit and maybe get the cabin lip built. Rumor has it that the color scheme will be red bottom, white boot top, grey sides, and a white bulwark....but you didn't hear it from me.

American Spirit is coming along nicely. She had her wheelhouse door installed, along with her ladder, and her 1866 state-of-the-art fire extinguisher (buckets of sand) mounted on her roof. I started working on her cabin interior as well. I'm looking forward to starting her wiring soon.

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Old Jul 10, 2013, 10:18 PM
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Very Nice!
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Old Jul 13, 2013, 06:10 PM
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Am Spirit Interior Installed

Hi Everyone,
Busy day around the shop today with lots of sawdust flying. Am Spirit got her interior installed and that includes the wire runs for her navigation lights. All of the wood in her cabin was stained with cherry stain and five coats of varnish followed. The boat stand and the interior now match and she gives off a balanced feel when looking at all of the colors. The wooden mold to cast her ballast has been built and will dry overnight. The smelting begins tomorrow. I have 18 molds to fill.

I couldn't find a double ended lifeboat in the proper size, so I drew one up this morning and assembled a basic framework, filled the voids between frames with styrofoam, and then started planking with 1/16" balsa. The lifeboat will be covered, so I will leave the foam in place.

This build has gotten to the point where the image that I have in my mind is starting to match the boat and that is a good thing. I just want to see her run! But alas, the lifeboat needs to be planked, she needs all of her wiring done, her railing needs to be built, and she needs weathering....but she's getting close. Thank you Aerominded for the nice comment. Bob SF
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Old Jul 13, 2013, 06:25 PM
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WOW!

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Old Jul 13, 2013, 08:59 PM
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Very, VERY nice looking tug. Super clean as well.

Great job.
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Old Jul 13, 2013, 09:51 PM
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Great !

OK, its time to reveal the "gross poundage" on this Monster ! ~
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Old Jul 13, 2013, 11:58 PM
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Nice build.
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Old Jul 14, 2013, 10:39 AM
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Super looking tug! Excellent job!
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Old Jul 14, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Hi Guys, thanks for the nice comments. Tim....I don't know the weight yet, but without the ballast she's already a beast. I'm weight lifting daily.....just to get ready. Bob SF
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Old Jul 14, 2013, 01:47 PM
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You knew I was gonna ask ~
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Ok Tim,
Drum roll please............................

48.6 lbs (parts weighed, less hand rail and minor ballast changes)

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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:56 PM
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I Am impressed !

I will send an experienced lifter to assist for the Maiden Launch.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 02:00 PM
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Wow, that's 9 lbs more that my daughter, and she's almost 7!!!

My old YTL 45" was around the same weight - more if I really brought it down to the actual waterline.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 04:59 PM
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Hi RMay, that really puts things in perspective.....Am Spirit weighs more than a 7 year old! To get Am Spirit weighed this morning, I had to weigh myself on a bathroom scale, and then pick up the fully laden boat and weigh myself again. I can assure you that she will be a lot more fun in the water. I am going to have to make a launching trailer for her....gosh she's heavy.....what a beast!

Change Order #1: Today I glassed the interior of Am Spirit from frame 2 to frame 6. This is where most of the ballast will be placed and I didn't want the edges of the lead bricks to start cutting into the sealed balsa planks. You could probably get away with not doing this, but I don't want to take a chance of punching through the hull and having to repair planks later.

Let the wiring begin....
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 05:20 PM
no such thing as to many boats
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That's how we do it here on the east coast . Can never be to careful
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