This is an overdue semi wrap-up of the scratch built tug Fort Valley. As things "to do" occur to me, they may be added, but with the float season approaching I thought I better tie up all the lose ends and make ready for the better weather.
The lighting may be enhanced next building season with a few interior lights, and more "required" nav. lights, but unless FV is towing a barge, the towing lights wouldn't be exhibited, so at the moment these lights aren't necessary. The deck lights, normal running lights, pilot house lights, and the last post's stack lights are all installed and operational.
A separate control board was designed for installation in the deck house with it's own receiver for these circuits which precludes any need for an umbilical cord from the hull to the house. (The rationale for this was mentioned in an earlier post.)
Several crew members have been modified with "plastic surgery", "told off" (assigned tasks) and are busy checking gear in the small boat, scraping and painting, and stowing gear.
I anticipate building a Whitehall-type small boat and will add it to the 01 deck in the future. Although the dory seems a little atypical, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary in a workboat venue being seaworthy and inexpensive to replace.
I've included a few photos of how I create a "tarp" boat cover that I hope may be helpful.
1. & 2.
A couple of interim images taken early last summer.
3. Through 8.
The line handling boat. The tarp is created using tissue paper of the type found in a new shirt box. This is cut to roughly the finished size leaving ample for hanging over the cap rails of the boat. A strong back is made to support the paper down the middle, then the paper is put in place and dampened to create the desired rough shape. When the paper is dried, it's sprayed with a matte finish from a rattle can. While this is still wet, the "tarp" is given it's final shape. (The paper is very fragile at this point) Once the matte finish is dry the paper is strong enough to support a couple coats of acrylic artist colors mixed up by the droplet and just enough water to create a wash. The underside is deliberately darker because of the outside "fading" from "sun exposer".
A deckhand is checking the equipment in the dory.
Here we have the heaving line fastened to the messenger, which is in turn fastened to the light hawser, all of which is laid out on the drying grates.
Another deckhand is scraping, sanding, and painting an 01 deck storage box. There are two of these one port and one stbd. The paint brush and paint can is made up of scrap cut-offs. The bos'n insisted on the drop cloth.
The ubiquitous swab rack with a splayed swab, scrub brush, and broom.
An oil drum, with a hand pump and measuring can.
The owner on a day trip, and another angle into the pilot house.
A deckhand laying out the bow line. Under the grating in the square hatch are the switches to activate the main and auxiliary electrical circuits.
"Cap" keeping an eye on things.
21. Through 24.
General deck lighting.
The panel made up to control the lighting and maybe future auxiliary systems. This consists of a couple of voltage reducers and a set of Pico switches which are controlled by the transmitter through
an additional receiver incorporated in the panel.
The panel actually lives in the deckhouse on a couple of shoulders built in for the purpose. Power to the panel is delivered through the clips seen on the forward coaming edge.
Although a little too bright in this image, (The camera seems to exaggerate the ambient light,) the stack lighting is prevalent although not as intense as it appears.
Fort Valley has been a fun build. Thank you for your patience through the "Never ending story".😀