We’re just wrapping up a fun-filled Newport Boat Show weekend. We’ve enjoyed this show more than any other in the last, oh, six or seven years. The weather was great, we have a new boat on order, a sister-ship to our new boat was at the show, and we were in the mood to play. Once again, Cleave Horton from Sea Frost stayed with us and got us exhibitor passes so we could roam the show as we wished every day. Continue reading Boat Show Season Has Begun
Today we received a picture of the deck and superstructure just out of the mold. Only one pic, not much detail, but it’s something. We’re not even certain when it came out of the mold, although we assume it was yesterday-ish. We hope for better images and construction reporting as the project trundles along.
Meanwhile, we are still hammering out a lot of smaller details. The Newport Boat Show is coming up this weekend and the East Coast Yacht Sales demo boat will be on display at the show. I suspect we will be spending a lot of time there.
The boat is no longer just a glimmer in our eyes. Construction is under way.
The build was originally supposed to start in late September, but we got the call last week that said “Send money!” It seems Tomco has moved us up from Hull #14 (which was actually hull #13, but they accommodated our request to name it Hull #14) to Hull #12. Not sure why this happened, but I’m guessing it’s because we’re a real live buyer, while the original slot for Hull #12 was probably for a dealer who doesn’t yet have a live buyer. Continue reading It Has Begun.
As the construction start date for the new American Tug approaches, we’re trying to stay ahead of the decision-making requirements so we don’t get caught by surprise and have to make uninformed decisions on the fly without thinking them through properly.
There are a lot of elements on the boat that we want to get right. Some are mechanical, some structural, some practical, and some…comfort and aesthetic. Continue reading Boat Decisions – Color Palettes
Since both of us are sailors, one of the big factors as we contemplate a move over to the dark side is figuring out exactly what “power boating” is all about. For me, some of the big questions are: What is it like to spend a day ‘motoring’ instead of ‘sailing’? How fast do we want to go? How comfortable/loud/smooth/rolly/jarring is it at different speeds?
Bruce, in addition to those questions, is concerned about all kinds of mechanical and drive train issues. In the American Tug 395, which engine should he get: the 380 HP or 480 HP? What propeller would be best? What is the actual fuel consumption at different RPMs? And on and on and on. We have a lot to learn, and a lot of decisions to make as we approach construction deadlines. Continue reading Test Drive – American Tug 395
Actually, the process began quite awhile ago, but this is the first concrete step we can document (other than sending a deposit check…which is done!)
What color will the boat be? Continue reading Building a Boat: The Process Begins
It’s official. Bruce has made the announcement. We have begun the process of crossing over to the Dark Side. We have placed a deposit on an American Tug 395 Flybridge. She will be built in LaConner, WA and will be delivered in April 2017. We will take delivery at the factory so we can go on a shake-down cruise in the Pacific Northwest before shipping the boat home in time for the summer cruising season on the East Coast. Continue reading Crossing to the Dark Side