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Getting crazy with the primer

So while I have been in the forward tank so much lately installing the bow thrusters, I decided to start putting a bit of Amercoat 235 light grey primer on top of the green Dimecote inorganic zinc primer. Just to brighten the place up! Doesn’t that really make the rivets and ribs look great? [...]
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Piercing the nose

So I have been saving up to put in another steel order. I have four main projects that need more steel: - the bowthruster: I need 14 inch pipe to make the tunnel - the pipe raceway: I need two 15 foot long sections of flat plate and lots of angle - the keel cooler: I need [...]
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Working my way forward

I am working my way forward on the starboard side. I’m going to need some more 3/16″ 7018 welding rod soon! I’ve gone through three 50 pound containers in the last week.
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Early days

Here is a picture from the early days of the restoration. It has just been lifted out of the water and put up on land. Look at all the rotted out doubler plates that had been welded along the waterline. You can see the original wooden rub rails that were bolted to [...]
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Sizing a bow thruster

I am considering putting in a bow thruster.  This is a small propeller in a tunnel that is mounted in the nose of the boat.  It allows you to push the bow to either side.  Since this tugboat only has a single screw, it is going to be tricky to dock, especially with a wind [...]
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More TC bolt welding today

I am still working my way around the starboard side stern quarter.  It is slower going as it gets to be more overhead welding and there are more TC bolts per square foot.  I found a TC bolt that had no weld on it at all!  Most of these TC bolts have an existing single [...]
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Another day welding

Sundays are the quietest days at the shipyard as all the regular workers are off.  So no sandblasting or forklifts running around.  I am getting to the stern on the starboard side of the hull now.  And the hull is going to start to slope back so I will start to have to do more [...]
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Welding the TC bolts

I used TC (Tension Control) bolts in lieu of rivets where I have replaced the wrought iron plate with steel plate.  Then have a nice rounded head that looks like a button head rivet and they are threaded so I could use a large pneumatic impact hammer to tighten them down.  I forgot how many [...]
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The pretty end

I have started this photoblog in the middle of the actual restoration which leaves me in a quandary as how to start and what past pictures to post here.  But I really like this one from October 2005 of her back end.  All the stern plating has been finished as you can see by all [...]
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Replacing hull plates

So here is a little photo timeline on how we replated the hull.  The first step, not shown here, was to cut off the old plate and remove all the rivets.  Then to sandblast, prime and paint the stiffeners or ribs.  Here they are grey.  You can see I had to fix some of the [...]
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Grinding The Hull

Here is my lovely wife Christina putting in a day of “sweat equity”. She is using the grinder to grind off some of the old welds on the port side bow where they had attached doubler plates to cover some holes in the hull. You can see some of the deteriorated iron hull in the [...]
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