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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Just a few recent pics tonight :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Thanks, much appreciated :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Thanks, very time consuming but I think its worth it.

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    A coat of varnish and a test fit, pretty happy with the look of it.
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    Re: door furniture

    Thanks for all the input, I usually sit down with my marine catalog looking for suitable items, never thought to check out the Hafele range, used their stuff for years and yet it never crossed my...
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    door furniture

    I'm at the stage with my mini tug where I'm thinking about making a door for it, the plans recommend 12mm, the trouble I'm having is finding a decent handle/lock for it, I can build the the thickness...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    All the window frames assembled at last :)
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    Re: Having a dumb moment

    So in the end it came down to just making it look about right, nothing seems to line up with those triangular brackets, now that I look closely at all the other mini tug pics I have I can see that no...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Looks like we have a trip to Hobart coming up soon so naturally I'm trying to drag the family to the the Wooden Boat Centre for a look, last time I was there was about 14 years ago and wasn't a lot...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    ha, forgot I posted that, yes it's Boann, Muddy creek in Port Sorell is a great spot if you love old boats but it's hard not to think they all need saving :)

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    pardon my ignorance but what's a Bornn?
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Not much of an update but the pile of window frames is growing and the first rear window frame with the curved top rail is done and ready for shaping the corners.
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    Re: Having a dumb moment

    All comments are greatly appreciated but I can't work out why the bases are different sizes, seems very particular but not sure why.

    Phill
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    Re: Having a dumb moment

    I think that might be the way to go, I was just hoping someone would look at it and tell me not to be so silly :)

    Phill
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    Having a dumb moment

    So I'm at the stage where I need to fit the sun visor or "eyebrow" on my mini tug but I'm having a bit of a mental blank when it comes to making the brackets.
    The plans show 3 triangle brackets per...
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    mast wiring connections

    I was just curious what to do where the wires from my VHF and spot lights meet the bottom of my folding mast, what is the normal thing to do? do I leave a single coil so when the mast folds it coils...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Not that I plan to do any excessive sailing at night or anything but here's a shot with both fore and aft spotlights in action :) in this shot they are running on an 18volt cordless battery so I...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    And a shot of one of our local boats just because I thought it looked good :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    While the window frames are drying I made a start on the front visor, I have been putting this off for a while now but it turns out the job was far less tedious than I expected :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    About time for an update I think, one outer window frame all glued together with the corners trimmed and sanded to shape plus a pencil round on the outer edges....
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I don't mind the look of it, plus it does it's job which is even better :)

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Yeah they are far more effective once the blade is screwed on :)

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Started the window frames today :) going to be a slow job but worth it I think, the outer frame will be rebated for the glass and the inner frame will be rebated to allow for the thickness of the...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Here you go, the breadknives done with a little map of Tasmania and timber species engraved in, turns out there was actually 40 to do :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Well spotted, I am a fan of capitals so will fix the missing ones if the panel suits where I would like it to go, I'm unsure if there will be a cabin light or lights yet but the spot lights will be...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I mostly use it for model making, here's my page, have a glance through the pics :) https://www.facebook.com/Mersey-Models-250190361689419/

    Phill
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    Switches for my minitug, what do I need?

    I'm after some advice about which items need their own switches so I can finalize the board before mounting, my list of things so far is...
    Forward spotlight
    Rear spotlight
    Nav lights...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Here's a good video showing the machine and how to use it :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HuH05TM1nc
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Almost :) I do the drawings or artwork on a CAD program called CorelDraw on a PC, the laser is kinda like a funky printer (not to be confused with a 3d printer) if I get a chance I will take a...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    No great trade secret, I have a laser cutter/engraver, it's how I made some parts for the hatch earlier on in the build, I also use it for making my model boats, it's an Epilog Helix 50watt, the...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    So I expanded on this idea by making another trial panel with the switches running up length ways, I haven't tried it in place yet but I think it looks OK, note that the item's engraved in are not...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    So I had a play around with the switch panel, sitting it where I thought might work when I hit on the idea of having it over next to the throttle in such a way that it wasn't going to get nocked.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Thank's, it's a piece of scrap Huon I had kicking around, it's only a quick try to see roughly how much room I need to have on the dash, I may change some things on it yet.

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    And finally for today, I wanted something different to all those off the shelf switch panels so I fired up the laser and came up with this, this one will go on the left wing of the dashboard and...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I needed some sort of spacer to mount the throttle to, all I could come up with was this box arrangement.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Finished dashboard shape, just needs switch panels and covering in Jarrah.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    First mock up of the dashboard today, the panel with the curves would be mirrored on the other side.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Mast temporarily screwed in place with for effect :)
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Alternatively it's all here on line :)
    http://magazine.afloat.com.au/?iid=161013#folio=8

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    While waiting for epoxy I concentrated on the mast, laminated it out of 4 pieces of Tas Oak then shaped it to suit, partly to plans but partly to what I liked the look of, you might be able to tell...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Time for an update :) The plans show the roof as having curved support rails inside but my head would never cope with that, even with the increase in height so instead of one layer of 6mm ply I have...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Hi, yes, that'e exactly the reason I made it like that, just the right size for 120mm microlene flotation foam :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Thank's :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    All input is appreciated, I take it all on board, worst case scenario is that if it becomes a problem I can either tap the bushings out and re-size or just skim a little off the pivot pin with the...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Finally I have a roof :)
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    Re: Glass or plastic windows?

    Hi,yes, still here, been away from the computer for a bit, very grateful for the feedback, lots to take in, all very good arguments for and against, the plans do call for tempered glass but thought...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I didn't know that, I had some nylon bits left over from making a sliding door on a trawler years ago, there are definitely 2 grades in my collection, one is really soft and machines like butter but...
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    Glass or plastic windows?

    I'm looking at the windows on my mini tug and wondering what most people use for the glazing, glass or one of the many acrylic/polycarbonate plastics, I seriously thought about laminated glass but I...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I also started work on the tabernacle, the plans show a simple V cut with a hinge on the back which I didn't like the look of so I'm opting for a proper folding mast, I hunted around for some 316...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Front hatch in place and a coat of epoxy on the cover :)
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