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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I managed to get everything sorted on Friday and we had a great time at the Spring Lake Boat Show.

    My personal favorite was this Hacker-Craft:
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I tossed around several ideas for how to transition the "waterline" to the new fin thickness and ended up with a stylistic line that in no way represents the actual waterline anymore. I think it...
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    Re: In for another season

    That's a beautiful boat.
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Got the new boxes constructed, glassed, and epoxied, and finished opening up the rear engine clearance to allow water through with no obstructions. I think the shape turned out pretty well.
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    Re: #262

    My kids say we're famous now!
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    As promised, a summary of time and hours, including the estimate for what I have yet to do:

    Planning: 56 hours planning, reading books, and building CAD model. $100 for plans.
    Wood: 84...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Work progresses on the added flotation:

    https://farm1.staticflickr.com/954/40521244520_b715112c9c_z_d.jpg

    Did a bunch of sanding on it last night as well, and glassed the joints. Painted the...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I'm back! We had a fantastic fall in Michigan and I was able to use the boat well into October. Here's a picture from reloading after a color tour on Hardy Dam Pond:
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    It's looking great!
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    Re: "Angus" the Chicago Mini Tug

    It's nice to see progress!
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Updates coming soon, I've had some issues with engine and transom height, but I'm having too much fun to worry about that stuff ... I can fix it during the winter.

    For now, enjoy this sunset on...
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    Re: Duck Punt

    Nice! What's the purpose of the space in the frames at the chine? Is that intentionally a drain front to back, or just clearance to get a solid bead of epoxy in?
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    And .... she's done!

    My wife seems happy about it!

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4401/36208333804_2d1300ecc2_z_d.jpg

    Got a cake to celebrate and had a christening party with friends.
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Right around 475 I think. I've got some updating to do but in a few days I'm going to do a whole cost and time breakdown for the edification and/or amusement of future builders.
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    My life will only be ruined if the motor doesn't start or has issues. It's the only thing I haven't tested yet.



    I'm not allowed to build another boat ... but if I were, in say 5 years, make...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Mounted the horn and mast, learned to tie a halyard knot and strung the flags.

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4373/36818398041_b33cbb07bb_z_d.jpg

    Installed the windows and frames, including...
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    Re: Duck Punt

    We use Solidworks for 3D design at my job and SolidCAM for CNC work. CNC software is typically very dependent on the specific machine that you're using, as it's essentially a programming language...
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    Re: Duck Punt

    I'm in. When do we start?
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Two jobs last night, one much more technical than the other. Installed the cupholders and made about 90% of the electrical wiring and routing.
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    Re: Ab Marine Ply

    Menards in the midwest stocks 1/2" AB marine fir ply, I think from Roseburg. You can also special order the 1/4" and 3/4" sheets and have them delivered to store. My Candu Junior is built from all...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    And on Saturday I had the opportunity to display it in it's unfinished (windows were still too tacky to get installed) but near-complete state at the Holland, MI vintage and wood boat show ...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    A lot of work over the last week. I painted the interior and installed the fuel tank, battery, throttle cables, steering, and bilge pump ...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I got a coat of paint on most of the boat before we went away for the weekend ...

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4420/36711586085_824865f532_z_d.jpg
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Put a skim coat of fairing filler on the gunwhale and sanded, took this picture, and then did it again ...

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4434/36517042556_b10f0b9685_z_d.jpg

    Sanded the primer...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Got the edges on the gunwhale broken with a nice radius and got a layer of fiberglass on it. I tried to minimize the use of epoxy to avoid runs, so there's a lot of cloth pattern showing. Another...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    My wife and girls are on vacation this week so the work is proceeding furiously ...

    I finished the design for the aft seat boxes now that I understand the clearances for the steering mechanism ......
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Thanks for the encouragement! I went through and read the entire thread again this morning. I vividly remember struggling with things that seem so natural now. I hope that in the future any...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Sobering advice, but it's probably good to temper my expectations. It's hard not to dream about how incredibly awesome it's going to be when I'm in the middle of sanding drudgery. In fact, it's...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Conversation at the dinner table last night was "If a rich guy offered Dad $100,000 for the boat as soon as it was finished, on the condition that he never gets to drive it, should he take it?"

    I...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Busy weekend ... almost 16 hours of filling and sanding.

    Got the cabin rear trim panels installed (picture shows only one complete)
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Thanks Maurice ... I think you must be referring to the long metal strips in this picture from your album?

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4224/34814468746_8d4a11d55b_z_d.jpg

    That seems like a...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Got the engine mounted earlier this week and made sure my cable routings were good before i attached the roof yesterday ...

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4318/35674443280_a88597a428_z_d.jpg
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    LOL! Actually, on the last page of the plans it shows an idea for how to set it up for sleeping. I thought I'd rather have the board horizontal and sleep with my head in the bow.
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Also, in case I ever want to camp out in the boat, I wanted the extra head clearance.
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    It's there, but I scalloped it back to meet the hatch sides and cabin front, which you can see, and raised it a couple of inches. This way my hatch is deeper than in the plans, and I preserve hand...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    It was hot last night, but I managed to finish sanding and get a coat of primer on about half of the inside of the boat. Woke up this morning with a headache, despite doing the work in the driveway...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Sometimes, it's the little details that make you happy ....

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4214/35407721840_9a7649a6ca_z_d.jpg

    I did get some real work done, although it's awfully hot this...
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    That whale on the door is one of those signature details that really make something special. It appears that there are many of those on this project. Nice work.
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    And put a coat on the hull as well, mostly to help find problem areas.

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4241/35348659840_548814910d_z_d.jpg
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Next up was a thorough power-washing inside and out. We hooked up the bilge pump temporarily and got everything clean.

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4021/35696129536_fbb8c5c883_z_d.jpg

    I...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    My youngest daughter insisted that she be the boat's first passenger. Not to be outdone by his sister, my son went along as well. There's a river access point about a mile from my house, so we...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I had quite the busy holiday weekend. My parents were in town visiting, and my Dad was excited to work on the boat with me

    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4033/34894273554_5ecfc6ed9d_z_d.jpg
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I hadn't even thought of this yet, so thanks. I'm assuming I'll need at least liability insurance. Guess I've got some phone calls to make.
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Got some work done on the hatch this weekend, it's almost ready. The deck is in and filleted, just needs some sanding and fairing. The holes in the deck are for cleats, I pre-drilled the holes and...
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    Re: "Angus" the Chicago Mini Tug

    Any progress?
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Any progress?
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    Re: Quality of Menards marine plywood

    I've used Menards marine (1/2" in stock and 1/4" ordered) for my Candu Jr. No issues so far. It cuts and bends well, and I've never encountered a void to this point. Good surface finish on both...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I got the aft upper hull side attached last night ... you may have noticed in the previous photos that I had a 1/4" wide and deep trough routed in the top of the rubrail. I had already spent a lot...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I primed the inside of the cabin "door panel" for lack of a better term (my automotive background is showing). I want to get the hard to reach areas under the deck primed and painted before I attach...
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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    Well said. I've decided for now that the hull needs to pass a 2 foot test (no obvious problems from 2 feet away), the interior a 3 foot test, and the deck and cabin outer a 1 foot test. I gave up...
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