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Old 06-10-2014, 11:03 AM
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Hello all,

I recently started a project on an old 31' Navy line handling tugboat that was in real bad shape. A friend and I have been spending the past couple of weekends stripping it down and making some improvements.

Let me preface this by saying neither of us are professional mechanics, painters, fiberglassing, or boat restorers. We are on an extremely small budget and this is a weekend project we took on just to have a toy with a unique look.

I will post some pictures I have of the boat and some of the steps we've made along the way so far. If there is interest I can post more information and more pictures.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:07 AM
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Many good wishes. Ii hope you make it work. That is a dream of many.
Please keep us up to date.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:09 AM
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Awesome!! Looking forward to more pics...
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:12 AM
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Way cool. Keep the pics coming!
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:14 AM
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As you can see we've removed the tires along the rails. Since then we have done a few more things such as:

Remove the roof as it was rotted and fitted a new roof made of a plastic material
Undo the wiring for every gauge and electronic item on the boat
Scrape the gunnels and deck of flaking paint
Sand and paint the rails (only 1 coat so far, will need at least 1 more)
Small bits of fiberglass work on the bow area and stern
Replace and fiberglass in some decking in the bow
Haul the engine and clean bilge
Miscellaneous engine work (still needs new blower and alternator)
Scrape helm area of flaking paint
Paint exterior of pilot house
Remove and rebuild exhaust stack and engine enclosure
Replace transmission as previous was seized

I will continue to update as we make improvements

For those wondering the engine is a Detroit 371, the transmission is a borg warner (unsure of ratio), the boat is a 31' fiberglass ex Navy line handling tug from the early 1960's (unsure of exact year).
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:24 AM
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This will be cool!!!!! Keep the pics coming.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:30 AM
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very cool, keep em coming...
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:31 AM
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More pictures.. The may fall out of order
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:32 AM
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i dig this project. are you rigging the boat for fishing? keep the pics coming!
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:34 AM
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Great handling hulls, I drove one a bit at school. Handles like a much bigger boat.
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Pretty cool. keep the updates coming
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:08 PM
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Very Cool Boat! One thing you can be sure of, nobody will be anchoring up next to you with one just like it. Keep those pics coming.........
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Originally Posted by oicu812 View Post
i dig this project. are you rigging the boat for fishing? keep the pics coming!
We are on a budget, but we are fishing guys so rigging it for fishing is always on the back of our minds. In the near future we will be on the lookout for cheap and reliable fish finders/gps/chartplotters and such to add as well as a rocket launcher to mount for some rods.
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Originally Posted by Newenglandwaterman View Post
Great handling hulls, I drove one a bit at school. Handles like a much bigger boat.
We've been itching to splash her. It has a flanking rudder so I'm anxious to see how it handles in reverse. Time will tell, got to remain patient
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Some other random photos. I apologize they aren't necessarily in the correct order. It should start to make sense as I move forward. More photos to come this weekend!

Thanks for the support!
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Wow, good for you, tons of work but thank you for saving a very neat boat. Looked like a 671 Detroit? Should be rebuildable.
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Wow, good for you, tons of work but thank you for saving a very neat boat. Looked like a 671 Detroit? Should be rebuildable.
It is a 371 Detroit. Nice and simple.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:43 AM
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Just an update:

The past two weekends have basically been a wash due to weather and work schedules. We have hit a bit of a snag aligning the engine/trans to the prop shaft and need to fabricate some new engine mounts. There is still a fair amount of aesthetic items to work on also and then comes the electrical components.

Will update with pictures and descriptions as soon as progress is made. Thanks for following!
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subscribed. Looking good so far.
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It looks like a fun project.
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