The 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→
She is about six or seven weeks out from completion. Work continues on the exterior and interior. The galley is coming together with the installation of the countertops, cabinetry elements continue, electronics and systems are going in, and the roof over the cockpit is put in place. Continue reading More Tug Pics→
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→
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.→
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→
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