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Shakedown – Part 3 – Feisty Weather

After our excellent evening in Friday Harbor on Tuesday and the freshest salmon we have ever enjoyed, we had to get to Bellingham on Wednesday.  Our new dinghy, which would replace our dearly-departed 10-year-old dinghy, would be delivered on Thursday and all the associated bits-and-pieces would be installed.  More on that later.  For now, we had to get the boat the thirty miles or so in some snotty weather.  A good opportunity to see how she handled.  Shakedown, Part 3. Continue reading Shakedown – Part 3 – Feisty Weather

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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Meet The Tug

D4AB0153-240C-49F1-8EC0-2EE3AB57BBAAThe new ESMERALDE.  We met her in person for the first time today at her birthplace in LaConner, WA.  A very exciting, long-anticipated day.  We probably look totally goofy and giddy in some of these pictures, but the reality is that we felt a little but that way as we explored our new baby.

We also met some of the great folks at American Tug/Tomco Marine who are building her: Kurt Dilworth, who has been our ever-patient and wise counselor throughout the process, Cheryl Stinson, Mike Schoppert, and a bunch of the men and women on the factory’s floor and in the purchasing and supply offices — all great people who have done excellent work as our oat has come together over the last seven months. Continue reading Meet The Tug

One Month and Counting…

Our boat is scheduled for completion in less than a month.  While the good folks at Tomco will not (understandably) put a pin on the calendar, they have consistently targeted “late March” and are still holding to that goal.

These photographs are from early this week — the last days of February — so we are truly in countdown mode.

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The galley takes shape.  Our VitriFrigo is an upgrade from the standard NovaKool, and we think we will enjoy much better performance from its two compressors, additional insulation, a freezer drawer and better space.  The countertop has been installed and is weighted down with cement buckets. The sinks are in, and the stove is ready to go.  I can smell dinner!

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Trying to See The Big Picture

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.   Continue reading Trying to See The Big Picture

We Have A (Complete) Hull!

Our new boat is progressing.  It’s frustrating for us, as she is taking shape in the Pacific North West while we are firmly planted here on the East Coast.  We feel so removed, so irrelevant.  The crew at Tomco/American Tug are doing their best to keep us “on the team” but it’s still hard.

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The mold pops away from the hull.  Birth!

Which is why we hunger for every word we can get from the west coast, and especially every picture that hits our inbox.  This week it was a big moment that came our way.  The hull popped out of the mold.  We don’t know precisely when this happened, but the photos arrived on Tuesday, October 18, so we assume it happened then or the Monday the 17th.. Continue reading We Have A (Complete) Hull!