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.
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