A lot has happened in the growth of the boat in the last month, but so much of it is still in bits-and-pieces, and it’s all so far away across the country, that it is quite difficult for us to appreciate the Big Picture.
The biggest accomplishment is the arrival and installation of the engine, a Cummins 480 HP QSB 6.7. Bruce is very pleased with this and has spent hours carefully inspecting the photographs in minute detail, and calling Kurt at American Tug with great frequency to get answers to his many questions. I keep telling him that if he doesn’t get off the phone the boat will never get finished.
A few pics of the monster follow. The engine room, which sits beneath the pilot house, is getting very crowded with the Northern Lights 6KW 1800 rpm generator to port and the US Watermaker Clearwater 800 and hot water heater to starboard.
Also in the interior, the tanks and batteries have been installed below the main salon, and the forward cabin is well roughed in, with the bunk platform in place and the cabinetry coming together.
The deck/cabin house structures have not yet been installed, but work continues on their various components both inside and out. The interior of the main salon has begun to come together, with wall coverings going in to place on either side. The main windows have not yet been cut out, but the aft window and door to the cockpit are visible.
Finally, work on the hull also continues. The boot stripe has been scribed in. It will be white, and the bottom paint will be red.
It is now almost New Year’s Eve so work has undoubtedly ceased for the weekend and the entire crew gets a break. When they return, it will be 2017 and the next big move will be the installation of the deck. Stay tuned.