After suffering a major loss involving my important tools (3D printers) it looks like I am finally back in business.
Both of my 3D printers became unusable (one died and the other suffers badly) I broke down and bought another. Problem was this new one is the latest technology high speed FDM printing. Just released, it had plenty of bugs and I became a 3D printer "tester" instead of a model boat builder. Working with people a half a world away, after two months my printer finally works. They even sent me a second one free for my trouble and assistance. (~ 400 US$ each.)
So, I decided to finish Springer #4 and will soon create a build blog on this site. I'm trying to get more details on the real boat that I will replicate with a Springer hull. (This is my fourth Springer (two scale, one comical).
I found this neat looking 26-foot "truckable push boat" built for the US Army Corps of Engineering (They maintain the waterways in the US). So far it looks like it will work out fairly well at 1/17 scale.
This little boat has an interesting story (don't they all?). It is to handle logs and debris at the stoplog bulkhead at the Little Goose Dam on the Snake River in Washington State.