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Apr 17, 2019, 12:20 PM
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Pushboat Tug build

After renovating the NAVIGATOR tug model and cleaning out the shop, I got my previous start on a pushboat tug off the shelf and decided to try finish it. It started out as a project two years ago with making a buck of the hull, laying up a mold and then molding the hull out of fiberglass. I added a little depth to the hull as the original tugs were shallow on draft and I figured I needed the additional displacement. Here are the beginnings of the build. jerryj98501
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Apr 17, 2019, 01:29 PM
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That is a NICE looking hull!
Apr 17, 2019, 06:19 PM
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Very nice build you have going. Please continue to share your progress.
Apr 17, 2019, 09:48 PM
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Going to be another nice project and a stunner for sure.
Apr 17, 2019, 11:18 PM
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Apr 18, 2019, 08:16 PM
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Today I built the modifications to the house for the recess for pump room vent areas. Filled, sanded and primed basic assemblies. jerryj
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Apr 23, 2019, 12:36 AM
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I dug out the fiberglass deck and decided it did not represent the deck for this model so decided to go with a plywood deck with side rails installed on the upper edge of the hull. These rails were sawed from solid stock using a table saw. The rails were then installed with Gorilla Glue. The rub rails were then cut from wood dowel stock using a setup on the bandsaw. A spacer block and brass stock were clamped to the rear of the blade after setting the offset to get the half round stock. The rip fence was used as a reference surface. The brass stock kept the dowel from twisting. The ends of the rub rails were tapered using the K.I.S.S. principle (Keep it simple stupid.) on the belt sander with a reference plate. jerryj98501
Apr 23, 2019, 08:51 AM
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Looking very nice. If you need other towboat pictures for detail shots or just inspiration I always enjoy Dick's Towboat Gallery:
Apr 23, 2019, 11:32 AM
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Thanks Rmay and all the others who have made comments. It is great working on my own boat again. jerryj98501
Apr 23, 2019, 11:52 PM
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Built a basic stand for the model. Fit the deck to the hull and started working on raised deck on stern. Built the push knees with steps. Arranged parts to see what modifications I might have to do. jerryj98501
Apr 24, 2019, 06:54 AM
Lot of water; some gets thin
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Looks good Jerry
Apr 24, 2019, 10:34 AM
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I'm really liking the looks of this boat....well done!

Apr 25, 2019, 12:19 AM
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Thanks for the comments, makes it easier to continue working on the model. Finished the rear raised deck by making a sliding plate so I could have access to the drives later. Laid out the push knee layout and cut it to final shape. Laid out for the cutouts for the superstructure and reinforcing braces. jerryj98501

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