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Author: figtree7nts   Posts: 154   Photos: 208   Subscribers: 6   Views: 33831   Responses: 353   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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Weight Too Much! - Posted: 14th Jan 2019
Captain's Log:

After careful consideration.
I have decided to use only one battery at a time!
This being 6.5 lbs. is way too much weight.
Her bow is too low to the waterline.
She get's thrown off by the weight.
So, one battery at a time will be used!

Now, having lowered the volts.
From 12 volts to 6 volts is a problem.
See her main motor and smoker.
Are 12 volts each!

So, now I have to replace.
The main motor and the smoker.
To a 6 volt system!

This is not so easy.
If any of you are familiar.
With Dumas and Harbor model products.
You know this ain't cheap!😭

Luckily, I will be selling both parts.
Together next month!
As both parts are in new condition!

I will then order a 6 volt main motor and Smoker!

Oh, each battery will give me about 1.5 hours of run time!
And that's not bad at all.....

I'm only losing $10.00 on the resale of her Motor and Smoker!
Response by Joe727 on the 14th Jan 2019
For my Spinger Tug, I was able to find 6 volt / 4.5 ah batteries that are only 2 pounds each. 1 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 3 7/8" .... I purchased two (2) for $22 USD, ordered thru Walmart and they arrived within a week.

There are a lot of SLA's out there, takes some time to find the right ones. Good luck!
New Batteries! - Posted: 5th Jan 2019
Captain's Log:

Well, I order new batteries for the Tug Brooklyn.
I placed the order about a week ago.
I received them last night!
Before I continue let me say this.
I was using the Batteries from Tug Serenity AKA Jersey City!

Those Batteries are 6 Volts at 2.5 Amps!
For a total of two!
I saw what I thought were the same battery.
Only at 6 Volts at 8 Amps. For a total of 12 Volts at 8 Amps!

Well the batteries are huge!
I had to take all of the Forward ballast out of Tug Brooklyn!
Even then she's a bit bow heavy.
But, I really want the extra Power!
Because Tug Brooklyn is a 12 Volt Tugboat!

Take a look at the Batteries side by side.
It's a good thing there's enough room in her forecastle!
I'm putting the Batteries end to end and they fit!

Oh, the Batteries weigh 6.5 LBS!😱

Attached Photos - Click To View Large
Mission Accomplished! - Posted: 30th Dec 2018
Captain's Log:

Total of 24.00 hours in the Domestic Test Tank!

No water ingress, Engine room dry as a bone!👍
Will keep an eye on the Hull!

Mission Accomplished!😁😁😁

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Crack in seam Repaired! - Posted: 29th Dec 2018
Captain's Log: Cracked seam Update!

She has been sitting in the Domesticated Test Tank.
For 20.0 hours and she is dry as a bone!😁😁😁

Eureka, Tug Brooklyn is now repaired!
Now all I have to do. Is Spray her bottom!
And just a few electrical repairs.
And she'll be ready for her spring Maiden Voyage!
Long awaited but, patients is a virtue!👍

Attached Photos - Click To View Large

Response by figtree7nts on the 30th Dec 2018
Hi Joe,

Chalk it up to experience!
This is the first time one of my boats.
Develops a leak! Think it had to do with.
Me just having the boat sitting in the water!

That's OK! Least it happened before next season!

I see you have the Brooklyn too!
Which hull do you have?
Mine is the Plastic Hull!!!
It's ok you just have to baby it a bit!
Response by Joe727 on the 30th Dec 2018
Ed, I have the plastic hull. I used a strip of fiberglass per instructions and never have had a leak issue. At the time I did this, about 4 years ago, I was doing a lot of fiberglass work so I had the proper supplies. Adheres to plastic hull well.

My current build is a Springer Tug Rescue Vessel, I am hoping to get the plywood hull sealed only with paint. We will see...
Response by figtree7nts on the 30th Dec 2018

I did as per the instructions!
Guess it's one of those thing's.
What can go wrong will go wrong!
She's now repaired! Good as new so to speak!

I also built the Jersey City.
No problem's with that one at all!

I can't wait to see your Springer Tug!

From what I've read you should seal her.
Before you paint her!

Crack in Seam Update! - Posted: 28th Dec 2018
Captain's Log: Supplemental

Well, today was a good day to fix.
The leak in Brooklyn's aft end!

I scraped off the paint around the skeg area and boss!
I then took a piece of 10mm x 110mm plastic.
And glued it to the seam. Making sure to cover the area.
That was cracked and leaking!
I am then going to let the glue set over night.
If all goes well, the leak should stop.....

I will reassemble her aft end.
And do a Domestic Test Tank Test!

If the Test Succeeds.
I will then repaint the aft end of the tug!

And put all of her Ballast back and her batteries!

Hope my repair works!!!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 29th Dec 2018
Star date 29.12.18 Supplemental 00.52 😁
I hope it works too Ed. 👍
Don't forget to seal any exposed wood before dunking it again.
And I would recommend putting all the ballast and batteries back in (at least loosely) to recreate actual sailing conditions; i.e. water pressure on the potential leak area.
I wondered why you went to such lengths anyway.
Had similar problems with the restorations of my Sea Scout and fish cutter. I simply soaked the affected areas in resin, inside and out, while holding in clamps. Sand, fill (Bondo?😁), sand, paint and Bob's yer uncle and Fanny's yer Aunt 😁😁
Nevertheless; hope it works for you Ed, cheers, Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 29th Dec 2018
Morning Doug,

I had to take everything out of the hull.
Because she weighs too much!
So, Everything had to go....

Anyway, I'll do the domesticated test tank test tomorrow morning!

Then do another entry in the Captain's Log!😁

Cheers, Ed


Check your emails Sent you an Email this morning!
No reply as of yet!😲

Response by figtree7nts on the 29th Dec 2018
HAHA, Star Date! very funny!
Crack in Seam! - Posted: 25th Dec 2018
Captain's Log:

I have discovered where the leak is coming from!
As the Hull is two halves glued together.
The aft end of the hull.
Is the weakest part of the hull!
It has cracked under stress!😲😡😭

So, what I plan to do.
It strip the paint in that area.
And glue a piece shaped like the seam and Boss!😁😁😁

But, for this I have to take everything out of the hull.
The hull will be light and easy to work with then!

It's good to do a Domesticated Test Tank Test!
As often as possible. If a leak is going to develop.
Better for it to develop in the DTTT!
Than for it to happen 125 meters into the pond!

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Hum, Now What! - Posted: 23rd Dec 2018
Captain's Log: Continued!

I have found where the leak is coming from!
It's coming from above the shaft as it exits the hull!

I'm not sure why it's leaking.
The area is tricky to get to.
As it's deep in the hull!
An hard to get to.

Since the hull is made of plastic.
Am thinking of making a flange plate!
And gluing it to the aft end of the hull
On the outside of the hull!

But, of course need to see where the leak.
Is coming from the outside...….

I have already looked into getting a water pump.
Also a water detection circuit to activate the pump!

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Response by Joe727 on the 23rd Dec 2018

Tilt the boat up and just pour two part epoxy into this area. I always do this, first I glue tack the stuffing tube to insure alignment. Then pour in the epoxy usually along with lead bird shot or bb's for ballast.
Response by figtree7nts on the 24th Dec 2018
Hi Joe,

Thanks for the Idea!

I'm going to take the boat apart!
I have to take her ballast out!
Take her batteries out!
I think she's leaking from where the prop shaft.
comes out of the Boss!
So, I'm going to make a flange.
Which will be the same size as the Boss.
And will cover the Boss!

Hopefully this will fix the leak problem!

Regards, Ed
Oh, NO Water Everywhere! - Posted: 22nd Dec 2018
Captain's Log:

Ok, I like to float Tug Brooklyn!
Last night I did this.
I filled the tub with water.
Then placed Tug Brooklyn.
I left it alone for about half an hour.
When I came back.
I started looking at her.
She looked different in some way.
I hadn't realized she was taking on water.
anyway I looked at her water line.
And her water line was below the water!
I then took her superstructure.
Off of her when I looked inside.
I was shocked to find.
She had taken on more than 12 ounces of water!

I then started to panic!
I went and got my syringe.
Which I had purchased just in case water ever got into her.
And started pumping out all the water she had in her!

I'm not sure where she's leaking from!
Or why she is leaking!

There's only one opening in the Hull.
And that's where the shaft comes out of!

Going to have to do another float test.
to see where the water is coming in from!

I'm glad I discovered this before next boating season!

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Response by jugge on the 26th Dec 2018
I hope everything Will workshops out for you wish the crack
It looks like a verk fine boat you got theres
And i wish you and Dough and everybody on the Model boats a Happy New Building Year
// JÖRGEN from Sweden
Response by jugge on the 26th Dec 2018
Damd autocorrekt! !!!!!
I hope everyone can read my messages anyway
Its not so easy to wrote a message in english
// Jörgen
Response by figtree7nts on the 26th Dec 2018

Tack så mycket. Jag ska fixa sprickan!
Och få henne redo för nästa sommar.

I Hope you have a very good sailing year as well!
I also hope my translation is ok too!

Cheers, Ed
First Snow! - Posted: 15th Nov 2018
Captain's Log:

Well, we are expecting the first snow of the season!
Here where I live!
I was going to take the Brooklyn to the pond.
This weekend,
It was suppose to be her Maiden Voyage!
But nature has other plans!

So, Brooklyn's Maiden Voyage.
Is going to have to wait till the Spring!

Unless we have a warm day which I doubt!😡😤😭

I attached a picture of the Brooklyn.
Patiently waiting in the domestic test tank!
For a Maiden Voyage!!!😊😊😊

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Response by RNinMunich on the 16th Nov 2018
Same here (Munich) Steve,
When I first came to live here (Oct 1985) about half a metre of snow by mid November was the norm. For the last 15 years or so we mostly haven't had any snow in Autumn at all (no white Christmases 😭), if any a little came around Feb. / March.
Fingers crossed for a warm day for you Ed. 👍
Until this week we've had sun and day temps up to 20°C, in November! Nuts!
Cheers All, Doug 😎
Response by Ron on the 16th Nov 2018
Port Perry snow...glad my snowblower is working.
Response by figtree7nts on the 18th Nov 2018
Thanks, Steve! I'm very happy with the Brooklyn!
Also I'm optimistic but, I 'don't see any warm days coming around the corner!😤 But you never know!
Doug, I hope you have a white Christmas!
Ron. Good to see your snow blower works!
The Skipper and Crew! - Posted: 31st Oct 2018
Captain's Log:

Well the Skipper and Crew have finally shown up!
But, There's always the one deckhand that's running late!
Aft bollard deckhand missing.
Reporting to work in one week!
I think he's getting a write up. 😡

Skipper in the white hardhat.
Already giving orders! 😜

But they are a happy crew! 😁😁😁

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Response by RNinMunich on the 31st Oct 2018
Sorry Donnie, didn't mean to instigate a mutiny. 😲
Capn's missus probably isn't amused either! 😤
Response by figtree7nts on the 31st Oct 2018
Can't let the Missus see the Browser!😱😲
Response by RNinMunich on the 31st Oct 2018
"Anyone of them will do😁😊😉!"

OK Ed, What's your pleasure?
Truncheon or handcuffs 😁😁😁😉😲

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