Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

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Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:17 pm

It’s time to begin my building log, as I’m just about to start assembly of my Tug Along 16. First time boat builder! I’ve cut out all the bottom pieces, sides, and bulwarks, along with the motor well sides, so it’s time to begin.

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I built a rolling cradle that hopefully will hold the boat both while it’s right side up and upside down. It’s not finished yet, but I completed it enough to stack lumber on it and move it into the garage. Building this boat is going to be an exercise in logistics. I only have a couple feet on all sides. There’s going to be a lot of juggling.

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Just finished scarfing the plywood for the keel butt block.

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Very soon it will be time to complete the cradle and start assembling the bottom.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby Milhouse » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:10 pm

Welcome! I am eager to see your build as it progresses! Be patient it is a long road ahead :D

Are you using marine grade ply? it looks like it may be standard Doug Fir. My Ski boat was built in the 60's (not by me :D ) with a Doug Fir deck and there was no rot but the rest of the boat was fiberglass so there was no wood below the water line (besides the stringers one that were rotten).

Here is another Tug Along 16 on the forum that you migght find useful here and Tug along 18
Jim
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17' Overnighter Sloop

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:50 am

It’s marine grade Douglas Fir. I couldn’t afford more expensive European plywood. All my other lumber is Douglas Fir as well. I’ll probably spring for hardwood when I get to the floor and rubrails. I figured if I waited to get the best lumber for my first boat, I’d never get started. At some point, you have to take the plunge, right?

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby Milhouse » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:26 pm

Just take note that when you sand it the difference in density between the early and late wood is a real bear to fair.
Jim
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17' Overnighter Sloop

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby watkibe » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:07 pm

Good start !
My first boat was built with Doug fir. Every part that wasn't covered by fiberglass eventually checked, which means the topside. Covered with 'glass, the outside of the hull stayed perfect as long as I had it. I did use exterior grade, not marine, but from what I have read, even marine fir will check if not covered. Just encapsulating with epoxy is not good enough.
My current project does have European marine ply for the hull, and for the cabin tops. I will have to go to the marine fir for the remainder topsides. As you note, the Euro stuff is pricey, and I can't afford to buy enough more of it to finish.
Good luck on your project, and thanks for the photos. Keep them coming !
From the Great Pacific Northwest !

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:50 pm

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Bottom pieces lined up. Measuring and cutting butt blocks and bottom battens. I should get it put together this week, then rolled on its side while I build the supports on the cradle. Afterwards I can put the bottom back on the cradle to achieve the rocker, then it’s on to stitching the sides to the bottom.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:41 pm

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Bottom butt blocks and battens all cut and ready to epoxy and screw in place. Butt blocks have screws every 6 inches, 1 inch from sides. I put in place, screwed a few in to hold them, then drilled pilot holes for the rest. Hopefully I will get everything epoxied in place in a day or two.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:58 pm

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The bottom is put together and on its side while I work on finishing the cradle. I put the bottom together before finishing the cradle so I would have a flat surface. The bottom went together really well (pictures to come when I put it on the cradle).

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Here’s part of the cradle. It’s slightly angled (I measured the rocker on the plans) and the supports will stick out a few inches from the bottom on each side, in order to support the sides when I start to stitch everything together. More pictures when I finish the cradle.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:27 pm

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Cradle all put together and carpeted.

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My cradle hits at stations 1, 3, and 5. There should be a slight rocker on the bottom, and station 3 should be 2.25 inches below the other two stations. However, when I put the completed bottom on the cradle the middle was not sagging hardly at all. I maybe should have waited to attach the bottom battens - I think the bottom may be a little TOO rigid now. So possible solution - I’ve stacked my remaining plywood across the middle to weigh it down. My garage is uncooled and can get pretty hot in summertime Florida, so I am hoping the combination of heat and gravity will help create the rocker I’m needing over the next week or two.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:36 pm

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Finished the middle station (3) frame. The plans call for this to be a temporary frame, but I’ve decided to modify the design to include a Pilot house up front and a smaller cabin with sitting room in the back. Therefore this frame is going to be permanent in my build. So I took some care to make it sturdy 3/4 inch plywood. I’ll eventually cut out the middle of the frame when I get to building the cabin and pilot house.

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The motorboard and transom I cut from inside the station 3 frame. Here is just a rough fitting, so I can see what it looks like. One edge needed a little planed after this. I’m doing a 20” transom and using a long shaft outboard so I will have room under the motorwell for a fuel tank. Part of modifying the design involved a lot of reading and weighing of different options. I’m going with a 13 gallon fuel tank directly under the motorwell, and my batteries are going forward to help balance the weight.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:55 pm

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Epoxied the stern sides together using 1/4” butt blocks and a special butt block that’s notched for joining 1/4” to 1/2”.

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Butt blocks for the bow sides. After all my butt blocks are in place, then I can start stitching the sides together. It’ll finally look like a boat!

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:41 pm

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Started stitching up the sides to the bottom, with the help of an assistant. Like an idiot, I tried to start by myself yesterday and stitched the first couple holes of one side to the bottom, thinking I would bend the side pieces together at the bow and stitch it as I stitched the other side to the bottom. No luck with that. Removed a dozen stitches and stitched the two side pieces together at the bow, then spread them apart with a helper today. What do you know, it’s coming together! I’m alternating stitching on either side at the bottom right now. Hopefully I can get some help tomorrow and finish stitching both sides to the bottom. Then I have to epoxy the next two side pieces to the stitched sides, and continue stitching.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:29 pm

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The fore sides are now stitched to the bottom, and I’m ready to epoxy the aft side pieces and continue stitching. I put down blocking (2x2s) on which to attach the station 3 frame to the bottom. So the plan is to epoxy the aft side pieces to the fore side pieces, then screw the frame into the blocking and start shaping the sides around the frame. All the time measuring from my top frame edges to my stem, to make sure it’s square.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby rleete » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:35 am

looking good. I like this boat, so I'm following along.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:40 pm

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A few days ago I epoxied the aft side pieces to the fore side pieces, with the help of an assistant who held the pieces up while I screwed in temporary screws and used c-clamps at the sheer. I’m pleased that today I could bend the aft side pieces to the bottom with little trouble, so I’m ready to stitch them in place, and then continue with the stern pieces.

I think i’m a month or two away from flipping it over. I guess we’ll see how the interior framing goes. My goal is to get the hull flipped and fiberglassed by the end of the year, so I can start the new year building the interior.


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