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The Shipyard ( Dry Dock ): Builds & Questions => Springer Tugs => Topic started by: CarlC on July 29, 2021, 12:16:33 pm

Title: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on July 29, 2021, 12:16:33 pm
So I decided to have a go at building a scratch built boat and went for the Springer tug. Its progressing pretty well and had a test voyage at the local lake yesterday, all seems pretty good. Superstructure is under way and some deck fittings are being planned. Still lots to do but it's heading in the right direction.




Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Martin [Admin] on July 30, 2021, 04:52:55 am
 
Looking very neat so far!   :-))
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Big Ada on July 30, 2021, 05:55:58 pm
That Fruit Bowl ( Square ) will make a nice Barge to push about.


Len.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on July 30, 2021, 06:17:53 pm
LOL, I think my other half may have something to say about that  <*< <*<
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Taranis on July 30, 2021, 07:29:14 pm
Very neat Carl  :-) 


A subscriber  :-))
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on July 30, 2021, 07:43:17 pm
Bit more work on the tug today.


While the Superstructure is being filled and painted, I 3D printed some mooring bollards, painted the checkerboard green and built some deck accessories. More work on the superstructure tomorrow.



Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on August 02, 2021, 08:10:51 pm
So the cabin/superstructure has been painted and fitted. No glazing in the windows as the cabin contains a siren, as the boat will double as the local club rescue boat as well. Flashing police lights are on order  {-) {-) {-) .


The superstructure is held in place with magnets, as are the oil drums and crate. The idea is that the boat can be reconfigured quickly with alternate superstructures and additional items.


I do need to tweak the ballast but other than that I think we are ready to go.



Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Martin [Admin] on August 02, 2021, 09:30:38 pm
 
Great Job!   :-))
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on August 03, 2021, 07:46:57 am
Thank you, tomorrow we will see if/how she sails  {-)
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on August 04, 2021, 07:56:52 pm
Well, she didn't sink......


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjE78X2DutM


In fact, I am rather chuffed with how she performed.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Big Ada on August 05, 2021, 04:47:38 pm
That is a nice setup.


Len.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on August 05, 2021, 05:15:58 pm
The deck setup is all held in place by neodymium magnets. So the cabin, and deck accessories can be moved and replaced to reconfigure the tug. Currently, I only have one setup but I intend to create at least a couple more superstructures and accessories that can be interchanged to create multiple configurations.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Netleyned on August 05, 2021, 05:59:10 pm
Great and cheap way of having a different boat at the lake each visit.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on August 13, 2021, 07:29:04 pm
Decided the tug needed a barge to push about. This was built over the last 10 days, out of scrap around the workshop, then weathered with the paints and techniques I use on my crawler bodies.

Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Taranis on August 13, 2021, 07:39:32 pm
Really nice work Carl  :-)
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on August 13, 2021, 07:52:11 pm
Thanks Andy  :}
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Martin [Admin] on August 13, 2021, 07:55:28 pm

   Exxxellent job Carl!   :-))

Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Skrotiz on August 14, 2021, 06:07:23 pm
Looking good.
I just built my first boat which was a springer and they are fun and hassle free to build.


I'm curious abot your barge, especially the hull shape and if it handles good infront of the springer.


Planning on building a barge for mine but are a little unsure about hull shape.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Big Ada on August 15, 2021, 05:39:37 pm
A Flat Box with shaped ends.


Len.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: CarlC on August 15, 2021, 05:57:33 pm
Hi Skrotiz,

My barge was built with bits I had in the workshop. It ended up bring about 700mm long as the flat bottom was 600mm and it has a sidewall of 100mm. The shaping at the end was a 45 degree cut from the base up 50mm then straight up to to the deck. A very simple box with 45 degree front and back for half the sidewall.

It had it's first 'sea' trial today and performed very well. I was very happy with it. I ended up with about 5kg of lead in it to get it to a reasonable water line and the tug handled it all fine.
Title: Re: First attempt at a scratch built boat
Post by: Skrotiz on August 15, 2021, 06:18:00 pm
Thanks for that great explanation.


I've been unsure if they are just a square box with angled lower corners but now i know  :-))


Think i should build one for my tug soon.