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For you that are new to "2Tugboats" and are interested, I offer a set of 7 full size Drawing Plans to build this tug's keels, frames, and decks, slotted together to create your tugboat's 65 X 20 inch "skeleton".
E Mailed to you for $35.00. Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Just email the 7 PDFs that I send you, to your print shop and have them printed out at 100%. Then you can, using "carbon paper", trace the parts out onto two sheets of quality 1/2 inch plywood. Be sure to mark each part as you trace them on the wood.) That's it-
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Keep in mind that I design and create art work for corporate and private collections. I have used my artist license on my third tug, the "Kathy Sue" and so she will never float let alone ever sail the waters of my lake.
There is a lot of room in this tug design but keep it simple is a good idea. Many "Kathy Sue" design tugs sail the local ponds around the world.
Keep in mind that this tug's major flaw is being "top heavy". Keep it super light weight above the water line and you will be alright. Figure on using around 60 pounds of lead in the bilges for ballast. That's in addition to its 35 pound car battery.
Here is a basic list of things to be aware of for cutting out your keel, frames, and decks. All in all I used about a sheet and a half for the effort to create the pictured 4th tug skeleton. Also, I "white premiered" my plywood first and the white ply really works out well. . .much worth the effort and waterproofs your interior more easily.
It is critical that you write the part number on each part as you trace them out on the plywood using "Carbon Paper". Looking bow to stern the part name or numbers will all be facing forward. Write "top" on the deck pieces. If you don't. . .you will never figure out how the parts go together and all. My plans are "drawings" and so they may be a bit off if not laid out exactly as drawn. Just cut out the parts along the lines. Don't try to save the line or use the line or get tricky. . .just butcher them out. You will do all the fitting after the parts are "roughed" together in the first of several "mock ups" of your tugboat skeleton.
Many of the slots won't fit and will have to be trimmed a bit. Then the skeleton will be wobbly and you will make the deck slots fit and as you go along, the skeleton will tighten up. As you work it you will figure out steps from checking out what is going on towards completion of the skeleton mock up. After all the fitting and still before you screw it all together you should make the mountings for your steering and drive gear foundations. . .then make it all tight.