The boat finally arrived at New England Boatworks on Thursday, June 8 at about 12:30 in the afternoon. Thanks to the quick response by our driver, Alan, and the NEB travel lift crew, she was floating by 1:20. After so many delays getting her here, including a 10-day stint at a truck stop in Maryland waiting for permits, this quick splash was a welcome relief. She was very dirty from all the road filth, but aside from that and a few superficial scrapes from tree branches and other flying debris, she was in great shape. Continue reading Putting Her Back Together
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
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