Category Archives: AT 395 Construction

Awesome Swag Bag!

Spencer Drake, our broker from East Coast Yacht Sales (the American Tug dealer for the East Coast and Great Lakes) had been trying to get down from Maine to Rhode Island for some time to see our boat.  When he finally was able to make the trip, we suddenly had to be out of town so we missed him.  It’s very sad to miss an opportunity to show off our new boat, but alas, it wasn’t to be.  We told Spencer to have a look without us.

Spencer had a surprise for us!

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Putting Her Back Together

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Floating for the first time on the East Coast.

The boat finally arrived at New England Boatworks on Thursday, June 8 at about 12:30 in the afternoon.  Thanks to the quick response by our driver, Alan, and the NEB travel lift crew, she was floating by 1:20.  After so many delays getting her here, including a 10-day stint at a truck stop in Maryland waiting for permits, this quick splash was a welcome relief.  She was very dirty from all the road filth, but aside from that and a few superficial scrapes from tree branches and other flying debris, she was in great shape. Continue reading Putting Her Back Together

Shakedown – Part 4 – Generators, Autopilots, Dinghies and Bellingham

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Squalicom Marina, Bellingham.

We didn’t really want to spend three days in Bellingham, but we are realistic about shaking down a brand new boat and understand that a certain amount of delay and cruising interruption is normal.  This is actually our second interruption, as we already spent three days in Anacortes for the same reasons: our dinghy and our generator. Continue reading Shakedown – Part 4 – Generators, Autopilots, Dinghies and Bellingham

The Maiden Voyage

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Bruce savors the moment.

On Saturday, April 1st we officially took delivery of our new boat.  (April Fool’s, anyone?  We hope not.). We moved aboard that afternoon.  It was kind of a heady moment, something that we had anticipated for roughly a year.  And now it was real.  Unbelievably, the sun magically came out from behind the clouds.  We took a bottle to the flybridge to try to relax and let it all soak in.  The next morning the sun came out also.  Good omens of times to come. Continue reading The Maiden Voyage

Pulling It All Together

IMG_2614The hull is a gentle green – the gel coat name is Sea Shell Green – and the decks and superstructure are a soft white.  The name on the transom is gold and black, understated but with a touch of fun in the font choice.  The pinstriping detail around the eyebrow, upper deck and stack is a muted red.

So what would one expect to discover upon stepping aboard and peeking inside?  Well, if this were just any boat one might find a muted natural-color upholstery, a soft tan carpet, and perhaps some throw pillows with a splash of color to remind of the Sea Shell Green hull.

But No!  Not on ESMERALDE!  That would be boring! Continue reading Pulling It All Together

The Big Day

Right on schedule: she splashed.

From the very beginning of this project, the folks at American Tug described the completion and launch of the boat as “late March”.  And what do you know? On March 30 they dropped her in the water.  That pretty much describes our entire experience with American Tug: 100% on everything.  More on that later.

Here is a video of the launch, which took place at 8:30 am, and the sea trial, which started at 9:45 and ended successfully at 11:15.


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