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Title: paddle tug Lulonga
Post by: tugs62 on April 10, 2013, 08:22:51 pm
ive bought a paddle boat off ebay this week does anyone know anything about these ive looked on line but can only find 1 other thats in scotland ive always wanted a paddle boat but they have always been way out of my reach as far as price but with a lot of work as the hulls in a poor state and its  plastic i think it will be a nice boat and if anyones intrested i will post pictures as i go along
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: hmsantrim on April 10, 2013, 09:32:45 pm
 
     Hi Tugs.
                   The vessel is called Lulonga. Think it was one of these african river steamies.
 
                  If you use the forum search facility at the top of the page you wil find the plans and build  article. 
                   Just enter the word Lulonga.
                     The build was in the Dec 1994 M. Boats mag and there may be a PDF for it online.
 
                                  Frank.  :P
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 11, 2013, 06:12:06 am
Thanks Frank thats a great help :-)) :-))
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: Tug-Kenny RIP on April 11, 2013, 09:39:43 am

Have a look on  padleducks site as they cover this one.

Don't forget to come back here afterwards.    %)

Cheers

ken

Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: brockya on April 11, 2013, 11:41:01 am
Hi
I also have a Lulonga, bought off this site last year, sails very well and looks good on the water. Steers with two large rudders, not by the motors, but does not like astern very much due to the shape of the paddles.
Richard
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 11, 2013, 12:11:43 pm
if mine turns out half as nice as yours Richard i will be happy not sure if iam leaving it steering like a tank or putting a rudder on yet i have managed to split the hull away and think iam going to fibre glass it dont fancy scratch building one
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 11, 2013, 01:02:04 pm
hull split away it came a part easyer than i thought it would fibre glassing the inside as i didnt fancy scratch building one
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: brockya on April 11, 2013, 01:23:23 pm
Glad it's going we'll mine has a fibreglass hull but I don't know where it came from or who made it.
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: BarryM on April 11, 2013, 05:48:17 pm
I would suggest you get rid of the drive chains and sprockets as these will generate a high level of radio interference if my experience with a paddler similarly outfitted is anything to go by. Belts and toothed pulleys are preferable.
Barry M
 
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 11, 2013, 08:41:50 pm
Thanks Barry i will keep a look out for a set but for now will have to use what ive got as no money left now but will put the radio well away now you ve told me that think i might have the paddle bug as well now been looking at plans of a mississippi one now but it will be a long way off  {-) any way i managed to re join the hull today and run some resin round the join from the inside that should make it water tight
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 12, 2013, 02:49:22 pm
a couple more of todays should have the hull painted tonight its not perfect but its the best i could do at least it wont leek now
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: Martin [Admin] on April 12, 2013, 03:08:06 pm

Looking Good!   :-))
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 12, 2013, 08:19:37 pm
hull in paint not a lot going to get done now till next weekend who ever invented work didnt build boats
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 12, 2013, 08:20:27 pm
another
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: thething84 on April 12, 2013, 10:05:17 pm
looking good so far.
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: vnkiwi on April 13, 2013, 05:50:52 am
Hi,
Have always liked these boats, ever since it appeared in Model Boats way back when.
You are doing a sterling job of rebuilding.
Keep up the good work, following with interest
cheers
vnkiwi
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: brockya on April 13, 2013, 10:33:18 pm
Hi Tugs
As you  asked here is a picture of the rudders and also one side of  the toothed belt drive to the paddles as suggested by Barry. The shape of the rear hull on your boat  seems a lot different to mine.
Richard
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 14, 2013, 02:21:15 am
Thanks for that Richard i think i will put a rudder in it is a little bit different as far as the belt drive i will change my chain but at a later date when i come across a set and if ive been given my pocket money  {-)
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 18, 2013, 05:20:08 pm
i didnt like the stuck down paper wood on the deck so used some thin planks i had laying around the stain says its satin so i hope the shine dies down
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 21, 2013, 07:39:43 pm
a bit more done hopefully the bath test will be next weekend
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on April 27, 2013, 05:34:10 pm
shes finished bath test done now need to get down the lake trouble is it will have to be a calm water sailer
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: dmw_boatboy on April 27, 2013, 09:33:22 pm
Nice refurb  :-))

Theres somthing magical about paddle boats for me no to sure what it is.

One paddler thats a little odd is this one on a narrowboat


Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: tugs62 on May 06, 2013, 06:07:59 pm
well the weather was nice today so took the paddle boat down to Fleetwood and had a great time sailing her heres a couple of pictures if anything the rudder could do with being a bit bigger but she still turned ok so now on the look out for the next project :}
Title: Re: paddle tug
Post by: mark w on June 19, 2013, 12:28:33 am
 
Turned out very well  :-)) .  Interesting subject.
 
Mark
Title: Re: paddle tug Lulonga
Post by: tugs62 on June 20, 2013, 04:21:40 pm
Thanks Mark I have past it on now but have got hold of the plans so will be scratch building one soon