Yup, you can sort of see it now: the bones of a tug. Here are a few more photos that show the progress.
We wanted to find a way to share Holiday Cheer with the boat builders at Tomco, but from such a distance, it was hard. After tossing around a few thoughts, we settled on COOKIES! Not just any cookies, but American Tug cookies. Continue reading Merry Christmas!
The engine, a Cummins 480 HP QSB-6.7, is en-route by truck from Cummins to American Tug at Tomco Marine in the Pacific Northwest. While the project waits for the engine’s arrival, build progress is slow, but there’s still good stuff happening.
Over the last month, interior components have been constructed on the shop floor, the deck (which is still independent from the hull) is being worked on, electrical systems are being assembled, and some components have been installed in the hull. Continue reading The Tug Takes Shape
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.
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!
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.