OK all, it has been some time since the last update, but there have been extenuating circumstances. Most of them centered around the need for a bigger building space. To be more exact, a taller, wider, and longer building to finish some of the needed work. The new housing for this build is 42' long, 16' wide, and most importantly, 14'-2" tall at the peak. This does not include the needed height for the pylon. It would have needed a space 14'-6" and several hundred dollars of additional side extensions to make happen.
There was also my farm duties and the ongoing construction of our home.
The building kit was purchased last April or so, and the pad was poured in June. (Dang this flu-19 crap, it sure does cramp a builder's style.)
I still have a lot of wiring to do, as well as the interior and the man-door to enclose the wheelhouse.
But, in this update, most of the actual boat construction occurred last week from the 16th to the 20th of November.
Also, I needed to actually transfer the tug onto the trailer and build the bunk supports, etc. So here is the picture set to help show what I have been doing with regards to this build.
My little excavator was maxed out to reach up that high in the setting process.
FYI, the white framework leaning up against the back bulkhead of the wheel house, is the hatch cover for the aft battery bank.
One of the next jobs will be to cut off the extra foot at the top of the pylon to make it more functional and aesthetically pleasing, (as well as make it able to fit in the cathedral). Then there will be the exhaust cover, etc.
So, before I can make much more progress, I intend to hang shop lights in the cathedral and some of those clear vinyl strips for a flexible front door.
With the ramping up of building our home, the tug will be taking a bit longer than previously planned. But I am tired of camping in my barn these last plenty years. Time to make some changes. So stay tuned. I hope to make another update in the Spring.