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Old 07-30-2014, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by airedog View Post
You can also contact your local fire extinguisher installer(for buildings). They replace the heavy canvas firehoses periodically and will probably give you some. Also handy for preventing chafing at a permanent dockage.
Cool project, the fire hose rubrail would look very cool on the tug
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:33 PM
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Cool project OP. For yourself when the $ is low and the work is slow, the book "The Grey Seas Under" is a pretty cool read about an ocean tugboat from the 30's working right through WWII. I'm sure it's been mentioned on this site before, but I enjoyed it.
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by PiperMachine View Post
Cool project OP. For yourself when the $ is low and the work is slow, the book "The Grey Seas Under" is a pretty cool read about an ocean tugboat from the 30's working right through WWII. I'm sure it's been mentioned on this site before, but I enjoyed it.
Excellent book!
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:35 PM
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I love this thread. What a project!
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:41 PM
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Boy oh boy do you ever have a project in front of you, but, when you are finished it will be a boat that everyone will look at. Love having something that few others or, better still, nobody else has.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:43 PM
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Subscribed. It's going to be awesome.
Best of luck!
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:56 PM
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Really cool restore!!!! Good luck!
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:02 PM
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Keep at it, looks cool
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:01 AM
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Just scheduled some time with my buddy to get some work done this weekend. Really motivated to get this thing in the water. I was hoping we would have had it done about two months ago, but full time work schedules, budgeting, and everything else comes into play.

Let's hope we get to see her on the water in 2014!
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:35 AM
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We were able to get a few hours of work into the tug this past weekend. We took a look at the existing wiring and the steering system. Plenty of work left, but we seem to be taking to the "divide and conquer" path of completion. Pictures to follow:
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:45 AM
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:54 AM
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Here is the stuffing box and some pictures of how the steering system works (at the end of the steering cable) and how it controls the flanking rudder. [mechanical steering system]
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:39 PM
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:30 PM
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Here's a top view (at night) of the boat. Sorry if it doesn't come out well.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:36 PM
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I wish I was 30 again! I went through a 1960 Biloxi Lugger and learned the same skills.

BTW That 371 looks like a gray marine with the 2 valve head.....it will burn 3 GPH at 1800 rpm

just sayin....
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:11 AM
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:13 AM
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Hopefully we will be back on top of it this weekend. Until then its 8-5 at the office and I have a 15' Boston Whaler Super Sport at the house that just begs me to take her out.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:23 PM
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This thread is fun to follow. I've seen some of these work horses along the Miami and New Rivers here in south Florida and always wondered what they were like close up. You folks are doing great!!!
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by edczachor36 View Post
This thread is fun to follow. I've seen some of these work horses along the Miami and New Rivers here in south Florida and always wondered what they were like close up. You folks are doing great!!!
Thanks for following!
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:46 AM
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Temporary derail... Yesterday I docked and there happened to be a crane boom above where I tied up. Birds were perched on it and dropping berries onto my Whaler.

They bombed the boat and the stuff has stained my boat. Any good way of getting it off? I got most of the thick stuff with simple green, a hose, and plenty of scrubbing. There is still some purple stains all over the boat. See pics..
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