Monday, November 28, 2011
I put the little mini tug in the water today and was amazed as to how boyant it was.I climbed in with two car batteries for ballast and the thing only sunk about 2 inches in the water. As I climbed in the boat slipped from under me and in I went up to my ears. The wife stood on the bank with camera and never broke in to a smile. What can one do to make someone smile alass that was the disaster. She never took any photos either! A lot was learned though. I will have to go threw that all again to get some photos and maybe even a smile. Cheers Iggle
The resin eats the polystyrene even though it is covered with paint.
This next photo shows the steering tube glassed into the hull.
I will have to go back to conventional ways of putting in seats. It was a good idea but bad articulation.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The excitement of the launch day has worn of and in reflection all my little boats have come up to expectation. The first mini tug before launching there was a buyer wanting it. Again there was this little kid who wanted to swap this little boat for his boat right or wrong. Next time I take it to the launch ramp I will take a small size life jacket and let him have a go.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Tom Thumb sorry for the photo quality as it was water damaged.
The below photo was kindly send to me by the Maratime athority.
Tom Thumb was a metical creature a figment of ones imagination if you like. The name travelled to Australia as a small three metre boat, and was bought to Australia by Bass and Flinders on board the Reliance. They used this tiny boat to explore the east coast of Australia and to map the coastline.
Now the boat had a small sail similar to the ones I read about in the Texas 2oo. No GPS no rescuers just themselves with a bit of grub water and paper to make maps and the sextant to navigate with.
If they were to do it today they would have been considered to have been totally unprepared. Most likely they would have been locked up in a mental asylum.
The boat Tom Thumb also had a name sake in the form of a pilot vessel also called the PV Tom Thumb. I have decided to call my little ship the Tom Thumb.... Mythically sticking my thumb up at the proverbial authority as to build such a boat today comes with heaps of restrictions..