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Old Apr 16, 2015, 09:12 PM
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Dumas Mister Darby Tug

I am finally underway with my first r/c tug kit the Dumas Mister Darby. The fiberglass hull is 47" long with a beam of 13". I waited to long to purchase the kit and when I was finally ready to purchase the expensive hull and running hardware kit Dumas stopped making the model. Fortunately I met a nice guy at a boat show and we became friends and he had the kit new and unbuilt. He knew how much I loved the boat and was not going to have the time to build the tug so he generously gave me the model. I then became friends with a member of an antique boat club in upstate New York who had a Dumas running hardware kit new in box for the Darby and I started the boat. I plan to update as often as I can the progress of my tug with pictures. I look forward to comments and suggestions to help me build the best possible tug I can. Today the Mister darby operates under new ownership as the Atlantic Salvor operating in the NYC & NJ waters. I have been able to get some pictures from a crew member currently working on the boat that has already helped me detail the boat. I plan to paint the boat in the original Mister Darby colors.
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Old Apr 16, 2015, 11:32 PM
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Can't wait to follow along!
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Old Apr 17, 2015, 01:56 AM
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Very cool! Welcome aboard...
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Old Apr 17, 2015, 07:35 AM
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He knew how much I loved the boat and was not going to have the time to build the tug so he generously gave me the model.
Luckeeeeeeeeeee !

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Old Apr 17, 2015, 10:35 AM
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Welcome to the forum . Where do you hail from?

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Old Apr 17, 2015, 10:56 AM
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Old Apr 17, 2015, 11:13 AM
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I always wondered why Dumas discontinued all of its fiberglass-hulled kits, including the Darby.

Rumor was that the rules and safety regulations on doing the fiberglass work in-house were restrictive, and obtaining the necessary permits were expensive.

A feeble excuse in my opinion, as Dumas could have subcontracted the glasswork out, and still have made those kits available---.
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Looking forward to seeing your photos. Have a couple of these 'cat bed' hulls needing some finishing. Started replacing the deck and deck beams but got sidetracked - your build might get me motivated again!
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Old Apr 17, 2015, 02:15 PM
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Kap- I hate to say it but it is true that the reason for DUMAS discontinuing the fiberglass was due to OSHA regulations that were to be adhered to. In your case as well as LOYALHANNA Dockyard, since you are a single person ownership with no employees, you do not come under OSHA regs.

At the time Dumas said that the sales on the fiberglass hulls were small compared to the wood kits sales, and someone made an offer on the building that the fiberglass work was done in, so they stopped the fiberglass hulls and sold the building.
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Old Apr 17, 2015, 04:02 PM
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Harbor Models sells the Darby kit now under their name and not as a Dumas. I guess that the owner took a kit and made a mold from it in order to keep selling them.

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Old Apr 17, 2015, 04:14 PM
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Kap- I hate to say it but it is true that the reason for DUMAS discontinuing the fiberglass was due to OSHA regulations that were to be adhered to. In your case as well as LOYALHANNA Dockyard, since you are a single person ownership with no employees, you do not come under OSHA regs.

At the time Dumas said that the sales on the fiberglass hulls were small compared to the wood kits sales, and someone made an offer on the building that the fiberglass work was done in, so they stopped the fiberglass hulls and sold the building.
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Thanks for the info, never knew why they stopped the glass kits.

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Harbor Models, also has a Lazor Cut, superstructure kit. It is made out of MUCH better material, than Dumas's wood. You might want to ck. it out.
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