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
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
The kids are happy to be back on the Block! We motored over in light southerlies with an nasty-ish slop that caused some mal-de-mer for at least one of our crew, but that’s all forgotten now that we are happily settled on a mooring and everyone has been ashore to check out the local scene.
We got in after a four-hour and 45-minute run from New England Boatworks. Grey skies, humid, light southerlies and no rain. The town moorings were all taken, but both CCA moorings were available so we snagged one and hoisted our burgee to the masthead. There is lots of room (for now) at the three marinas, and plenty of space to drop a hook in the anchorage (also for now).
Looking forward to relaxing for a few days on “island time”, and watching the Fourth of July madness.