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: Hikurangi – Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
: sea monkey September 21, 2016, 00:27:12
When I showed my wife my last tug model she asked the two questions we all dread:
How much did it cost? and where is it going to go?
Well, she’ll never get to know the cost of making a model – that could be a real deal breaker, it even makes my eyes water to think how much they really cost to build. But she did have a point about filling the house with model boats.
To try and slip my next project past her I would need a pretty special boat.
And I think this one will do it – it’s small enough to fit in her handbag – and cute.
In fact, when it was launched, local papers described it as ‘a handsome little vessel’ and ‘one of the finest little vessels ever built in New Zealand’.
It also ticks a few boxes for me: nice lines, wooden hull, teak deck, no winch, lots of polished timber – and it’s white! Not too many white tugs around.
Plus it has bilge keels (which I’ve never done before), canvas flying bridge and a funnel that looks like it’s come off a passenger liner. All good so far.
The Hikurangi was designed in Wellington by Athol Burns for the Gisborne Harbour Board and built in 1961 by Miller & Tonnage in Dunedin. Athol Burns designed many classic local work boats (tugs, launches and trawlers), many of which are still in service.
Gisborne is a small port on the far east of NZ and is the sort of town that you go to for summer holidays. It’s a relaxed little town with great beaches and the best weather in the country.
From these press clippings it looks like the Hikurangi had a pretty good life there – taking school kids for rides, being used as the starting point for swimming races and the odd bit of harbour work.
My version will be a 1/50 version of the boat as it was in the early 60s. At 1/50 it is only 335mm long – tiny – she’ll never notice it.
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: model tugman September 21, 2016, 02:28:11
Oh I like the look of her very classic, do you have plans of her?
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: Aucklander September 21, 2016, 11:45:01
I knew Athol Burns very well and used to call on him whenever I passed through Wellington. I owned two boats that he designed and commissioned him to design a 40' motor sailer which was possibly he last ship he designed. His boats were generally very heavy construction: You would have to sail in Cook Strait to realise how tough and nasty it can be in NZ's southern waters. I was told by many that the Burns designed boats were always the last boats in and the first boats out when the going was tough.Such was the confidence the crews had in his designs.
I have attached his obituary which will sketch in some background and will post other things of interest.
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: sea monkey September 21, 2016, 13:21:01
Yes George, she is 'a most handsome little vessel'. They don't make them like that any more.
I started out with the designer's initial sketch, which isn't exactly as built, and as usual as soon as I'd planked the hull I found out that a GA existed and I could probably get hold of it. The current owner is out of the country for a while so hopefully I can get a copy when he returns.
Russell: Great insight into Athol Burns being prone to seasickness, that may be why his boat were so solid. A few of his boats are still in the Marlborough Sounds and as solid as the day they were built. They handle the Strait weather and the Sounds' chop  very well. Do you know if the Glenmore and Toaroa mailboats were his designs?
Do you have any photos of your Burns boats?
And do you know anything about the Hikurangi?
Steve
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: VANYA September 21, 2016, 19:55:06
Steve,

Its great that you are interested in the designer as much as the craft itself. Many tugs are just designed in an office, the designer unknown but lucky here we can go beyond just the vessel, the designer being as interesting as the boat.

Happy to help with the photo shoot on the actual vessel, its a great vessel.

HB

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: sea monkey September 22, 2016, 02:35:25
Turning into a team effort!
For any non New Zealanders reading, Russell (Aucklander) is pretty much the expert on New Zealand tugs and workboats. He knows everything you need to know.
Vanya has been able to visit the Hikurangi where it is currently laid up in Dunedin and has taken a lot of reference photos for me. Very helpful but it has highlighted a few changes to the 'as built' layout, and some of the more quirky features. A few things have changed over the past 50 years use.
The aft towing bitt is a good example of one of the peculiarities of the real boat.
The bulwarks/gunwales have no struts/supports and are an extension of the hull triple planking. Might be difficult to have a smooth interior finish and still have the side walls strong enough and able to be glued securely into position.
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: russellward September 23, 2016, 19:59:55
Hi! This is Aucklander in my older alter ego for which I have found my log on-feels better not to be a newbie and to be a more senior and a site supporter. Here are some pix of the Albatross V -ne J R Harland. Designed by Athol Burns and I watched her being built at Miller and Tunnage Port Chalmers. You wouldn't believe the huge baulks of Kauri going into her. Must have been '68.
Here are pix of the Albatross V out of the water -simlar to Hikurangi but with 10' extra length to draw the lines out a bit and fitted with a Kort nozzle.
Also one of her at launch as the  J R Harland
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: russellward September 23, 2016, 20:02:18
Whoops! Here are the pix of the Albatross V on the hard
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: russellward September 23, 2016, 20:08:21
And some pix of Hikurangi in Dunedin. She is alongside Arataki the second to last of our YTLs and then about to be knackered. Long gone now.
Sad. We've one left of our own and there is another Australian made one masquerading as a fishing trawler over here.
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: russellward September 23, 2016, 22:49:20
They had to be quite burdensome hulls -Hikurangi was rather bathtub-like in the fwd sections as i recall. They had a 500hp Lister Blackstone down below. Regrettably Hikurangi's engine was covered with a tarp when I went below to pay my respects.
She did sound nice when she was working......
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: sea monkey September 25, 2016, 23:17:16
Thanks Russell. The photos of the Albatross out of water will be a great help with the hull details.
I started the project by drawing up the hull and profile based on the designer's sketch and a fair amount of guesswork. Luckily it turned out not too different from Russell's photo, although it's much easier getting all of the research/reference material before you start – doh!.
I have since found out that the current owner has a GA/plan. I'm reluctant to get a copy as it might send me back to the drawing board – so, full steam ahead.
Once I was happy with the lines I transferred them into a form that I could use to laser cut the keel, hull frames, deck and superstructure. If you've seen any of my previous builds this followed the same process.
The hull frames and keel were cut from 3.6mm ply and the deck and superstructure from 1.5mm birch ply. This way I end up with almost a semi kit that slots together. Takes a bit of time on the computer to draw it up but I quite like the 'figuring it out' part.  Very accurate, and easy to flip or mirror image components as well.
By adjusting the laser power ( the blue lines were half power) I was able to get the planking lines etched into the ply. The burnt edges will look like caulking when the deck is stained, and the etching will look like planking in the wheelhouse when painted.
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: sea monkey September 25, 2016, 23:21:53
But first the hull needs to be planked.
The hull frames and keel slotted together pretty easily and the the fun began.
Purists look away now...
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: tug-arlyn-nelson September 26, 2016, 17:53:00
When I showed my wife my last tug model she asked the two questions we all dread:
How much did it cost? and where is it going to go?
Well, she’ll never get to know the cost of making a model – that could be a real deal breaker, it even makes my eyes water to think how much they really cost to build. But she did have a point about filling the house with model boats.
To try and slip my next project past her I would need a pretty special boat.
And I think this one will do it – it’s small enough to fit in her handbag – and cute.
In fact, when it was launched, local papers described it as ‘a handsome little vessel’ and ‘one of the finest little vessels ever built in New Zealand’.
It also ticks a few boxes for me: nice lines, wooden hull, teak deck, no winch, lots of polished timber – and it’s white! Not too many white tugs around.
Plus it has bilge keels (which I’ve never done before), canvas flying bridge and a funnel that looks like it’s come off a passenger liner. All good so far.
The Hikurangi was designed in Wellington by Athol Burns for the Gisborne Harbour Board and built in 1961 by Miller & Tonnage in Dunedin. Athol Burns designed many classic local work boats (tugs, launches and trawlers), many of which are still in service.
Gisborne is a small port on the far east of NZ and is the sort of town that you go to for summer holidays. It’s a relaxed little town with great beaches and the best weather in the country.
From these press clippings it looks like the Hikurangi had a pretty good life there – taking school kids for rides, being used as the starting point for swimming races and the odd bit of harbour work.
My version will be a 1/50 version of the boat as it was in the early 60s. At 1/50 it is only 335mm long – tiny – she’ll never notice it.

I like the look of the "little" boat too, though she doesn't look all that little to me. What is her length?  Looks to be 75' or more.
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: sea monkey October 01, 2016, 18:28:59
OK it's safe to look now but not too closely. The planking will all be painted so it will hide all of the blemishes. A few sessions of filler and sanding will sort it out.
The real deck is teak and the best way to replicate this is with a light stain/wash of very diluted paint. This way the grain of the timber and the laser etch lines show through. I decided to finish the deck and then mask it off for the rest of the build. I didn't want to get any glue or paint on the raw deck wood as I'd never be able to clean it off once the bulwarks were attached.
The teak colour turned out OK. Now it's all masked and we won't see it again for a while.
Arlyn: It's 55 feet LOA.
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: sea monkey October 01, 2016, 18:42:21
Next step was adding the bulwarks. On the real boat they are an extension of the hull triple planking and don't have any struts or supports. Usually the supports give the bulwarks a lot of strength and make it easier to glue them into place.
To replicate the smooth inside edge of the the bulwarks I would have to make the whole lot one piece – and strong enough that it could take a few knocks or be used to pick the boat up.
Luckily I had given this some thought beforehand and I had drawn up a jig that was laser cut with the rest of the components. This saved a lot of headaches later.
The jig fitted onto the deck perfectly (double sided tape) and I used the old 'thin cardboard wrapped around the curve' trick to get the basic shape of the bulwark. This was taped in place and then a pencil traced the top and bottom of the bulwarks shape.
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: sea monkey October 01, 2016, 18:50:16
Once cut out this pattern was checked against the actual model to ensure a good fit. So far so good.
Then I cut the shape out of two pieces of 0.4mm ply. The second piece cut on a different bias so that when stretched around the jig and glued together they would keep the curve.
Worked out fine and it's surprisingly strong.
Also put in the details for the scuppers and hawser holes. The inside facing was painted before being glued into place on the deck.
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: sea monkey October 01, 2016, 18:53:21
Now I can start refining the hull finish
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: sea monkey October 01, 2016, 18:57:30
Slowly getting there. Plenty of sessions of fill and sand ahead. It's a wet Sunday so I can get a few hours sanding in today.
Any eagle-eyed readers will notice that I managed to break off the rudder shoe/heel.
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: Kiwinz October 02, 2016, 00:11:33
Gotta make the most of the Wellington weather..!! You just need a month of wet Sundays and you'll be all done.

What's your filling solution that you use?

SB
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: Puffin October 02, 2016, 21:19:09
HI SEA MONKEY ; Just have to build it bettor than it was ,and that is a good thing .  puffin
 
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: sea monkey October 03, 2016, 22:30:52
Simon: I use whatever is on special at Bunnings or Mitre10. Can usually get a couple of models out of each tin.
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: tug-arlyn-nelson October 05, 2016, 19:50:06
Biggest 55' boat I have ever seen.
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: sea monkey October 08, 2016, 01:08:25
Next step was to attache the rubbing strips and stempost.
The stempost was straightforward and was held in place with toothpick pins.
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: sea monkey October 08, 2016, 01:10:09
The rubbing strips were made from 3 layers of Basswood glued together while clamped onto the bulwark jig. The base of the jig follows the shear of the deck so it gave the rubbing strips the same curve (shown by the arrow).
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: sea monkey October 08, 2016, 01:12:20
The bow strips were clamped directly onto the bow forward deck to get their shape.
After I had made them all I decided that they were all too thick so I had to slice of one layer. Much better now.
These were pinned into position in the same manner as the stempost.
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: sea monkey October 08, 2016, 01:23:02
Now we jump ahead a week.
All of the bulwarks and rubbing strips have been attached, The rudder heel/shoe that I managed to snap off has been repaired and strengthened with the 'metal' plate that is on the real boat.
The plate and bolts are styrene.
The rudder is not set in place yet – waiting on a prop.
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: sea monkey October 08, 2016, 01:26:06
The hull has been smoothed out and 99% of the flaws have been sorted out.
The scupper covers have been scribed into the bulwarks, hawser holes added, and the bow bulwarks re-cut to be consistent with the boat as it was in 1961. They have subsequently been raised but I want it to look like it originally was.
The rolling chocks/bilge keels are basswood and pinned in with brass rod.
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: sea monkey October 08, 2016, 01:33:00
The protection plate around the anchor well was a feature on many of Athol Burn's boats. I guess it prevented the swinging anchor from damaging the hull as it was pulled up.
The plate is the thinnest styrene I could find.
Now onto the wet & dry.
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: sea monkey October 17, 2016, 18:54:08
I'm still waiting for the propellor to arrive so the hull has been sidelined for awhile.
In the meantime the brass etching has turned up. Produced and delivered from Scotland to New Zealand in 6 days. That's pretty good service, and the quality is excellent – as aways.
Any Kiwi readers may spot the next project hidden in there.
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: sea monkey October 17, 2016, 19:00:24
So while I'm waiting for the prop I assembled the last of the laser cut components and gave the hull its first top coat.
The laser etching for the plank lines worked out OK.
I'll have to stain and varnish these parts before I go any further because if I get any glue or paint on the raw wood I'll never be able to clean it off without destroying the plank lines. No filling & sanding option on these parts so it took quite a bit of time bevelling the edges to get a clean, tight fit.
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: sea monkey October 17, 2016, 19:04:03
The roof is 3 layers of 0.8mm ply formed into a curve the same way as with the rubbing strips.
Starting to look like a boat now.
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: Gerhardvienna October 20, 2016, 01:17:11
Hi Steve

Great little tug! Keep on going with her, your admiral will never discover what your doin`.....

Regards
Gerhard
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: sea monkey October 23, 2016, 14:02:04
Still no sign of the propellor.
In the meantime I managed to get a few layers of stain and varnish onto the superstructure, and add a few details to the wheelhouse and engine room access hatch.
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: sea monkey October 23, 2016, 14:06:08
My trusty old camera suddenly bit the dust the other day and I haven't come to terms with the replacement yet. The images just don't seem to be as good but you can get the idea.
Basic structure is laser cut ply with styrene and brass details.
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: Gerhardvienna October 25, 2016, 23:02:29
Hi Steve

Your report will be a good advice for my try on that ship! Thank you for sharing!

Regards
Gerhard
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: sea monkey October 30, 2016, 22:11:31
Not much progress this week. Still waiting for the prop.
I ordered it, along with another, from Westbourne Models in the UK in Sept. Two props did arrive but they were completely the wrong size and both only 3 bladed. Sent them straight back, emailed many times, left phone messages but no reply after 6 weeks. Impossible to reach them by phone, the website email contact doesn't work. Very frustrating.
I found quite a few bad reviews online – all similar stories to mine. They get less than 1 out of 5 stars from customers. Looks like I've just become another statistic. Don't know how they stay in business.
When I realised that the props were never going to turn up I ordered 2 replacements from Cornwall Model Boats. Heard back immediately and they should be here any day.
I can't do any more to the hull until the prop arrives so in the meantimeI've been assembling some of the other items.
The tow hook is made up from components that I had brass etched. The brass is only 0.7mm thick so some of the pieces are several layers sandwiched together and soldered. The bar is styrene and the spring is some very soft, malleable brass wire, formed by wrapping it around a small brass rod.
The hook on Hikurangi is quite small and complex and took much longer than I had planned. I had to go out and buy a pair of really strong reading glasses. Can hardly see at night these days. Next time I'll use 1mm brass and save some of the work – or even better, get them 3D printed. Also managed to cook my old faithful soldering iron and got a new 45w version. Probably too powerful for this type of work so I may get a smaller 25w for the fine work.
Still need to clean up the hook mechanism with a smaller file (in the mail also). It looks a bit rough in these photos but they are way larger than real life – you'll never get up that close, and a coat of paint should hide a lot of sins.
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: Gerhardvienna November 13, 2016, 07:22:52
Hi Steve

Nice work on that hook! I use a 30Watts soldering iron for all the soldering work I have to do on my models, from electric/electronics up to soldering railings and props. Here for an example the props from my Bison tug.

Regards
Gerhard
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: sea monkey November 28, 2016, 15:22:16
Not too much progress lately but I have a bit of spare time coming up and I'll try to get this finished before Christmas.
I've completed the hull. The prop arrived the day after my last post, painted the hull and added the 'teak' capping rails.
The combination of warm white hull, red oxide, black boot strap line and teak looks good.
The strap line was more difficult than I had imagined. Viewed from the side the top and bottom of the line are parallel but when it runs around the undercut of the stern it is much more complex and flares out. Had to upgrade the reading glasses for that one!
Turned out OK.
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: sea monkey November 28, 2016, 15:27:21
I did the deck 'teak' as a very diluted wash of a very warm grey (added yellow). This allowed the laser etched decking lines to show through.
The inside of the bulwarks and the steps are the same pale warm grey colour but look quite different in these photos for some reason. Anyway the colours work well together.
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: tug-arlyn-nelson November 28, 2016, 19:12:27
Perfect color for new teak! Nice!
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: sea monkey November 29, 2016, 11:43:47
It's a lot greyer in real life. These photos make it seem much more yellow/brown – must be the flash.
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: sea monkey November 30, 2016, 14:40:25
The funnel started out as a laser cut frame that was then packed out with balsa.
This was sanded down until I was happy with the basic shape and then skinned with 2 layers of the thinnest styrene I could find. The flange, bolts, vents and bulge are all styrene.
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: sea monkey November 30, 2016, 14:42:40
... and painted.
A couple of coats sprayed on and it's almost ready.
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: VANYA December 01, 2016, 02:55:01
Exhibition quality there Steve. Exhibiton quality!
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: tugnut December 01, 2016, 08:50:53
Very neat,looking good.
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: sea monkey December 02, 2016, 15:56:27
Thanks John. Thanks Hayden.
Can see light at the end of the tunnel now and things are starting to fall into place quite quickly.
Glazed the windows without too much bother – that part can be a nightmare if it goes wrong, and was able to knock out the railings in an afternoon. I had thought that they would take longer but they came together pretty easily, considering the complex form of the top rail. They are brass rod, soldered and filed clean.
All painted and glued into position, so the cabin is stating to look the part.
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: sea monkey December 02, 2016, 15:57:35
Still deciding whether to put the canvas siding onto the flying bridge railing. Tending towards yes at the moment.
The grab rails on the real boat are stainless steel but I've upgraded my Hikurangi to polished brass. She deserves it and it goes well with the polished teak.
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: sea monkey December 02, 2016, 16:00:01
Lots of touching up and tweaking left to do. I spotted a few dust fingerprints in the last batch of photos that need to be cleaned up.
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: sea monkey March 08, 2018, 17:09:42
I've finally got the little Hik back on the bench after 15 months of languishing in a cupboard.
Didn't take too long to get back up to speed, once I had figured out what was left to finish.
The ventilators were printed at Shapeways - turned out alright.
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: sea monkey March 08, 2018, 17:26:04
I started working through the 'box of bits', glueing on the last remaining items, and re-aquainting myself with the model.
This is where I'm at now. I had forgotten what nice lines the boat has. It really is a good looking hull design.
Still need to rig the derrick, and the fenders are looming as a major task.
I had initially thought that they were rubber but on closer inspection of the the old photos, they are rope. There are several places that sell model rope fenders but not small enough for 1/50. I experimented with a couple of ways of representing them but nothing looked even remotely decent. Looks like I'll have to make them in the traditional way – thousands of tiny hitches.
That should push the eyesight to the limit.
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: sea monkey March 13, 2018, 12:02:48
There hasn't been any activity on the forum for over a week – that's probably a record – and not in a good way! Not sure why, maybe the weather in the northern hemisphere. We are having an extended period of summer down here so that might explain a few MIA in this neck of the woods.

Don't feel shy guys. Any comments on any threads are welcome. How about a few of you guest signing up and joining the conversation. We are always wanting to see photos of other peoples' models. Give it a crack, we don't bite.

In the meantime, not much movement on the Hikurangi but here are a few more photos of the progress over the past few days.This boat has a few quirky little things about it – the life buoy brackets are carved from wood, the towing bitt is made from laminated timber.
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: sea monkey March 13, 2018, 12:07:19
Most of the deck equipment is in place, although some of it needs a spot of paint – e.g: latch and sliding rails on the rear hatch.
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: sea monkey March 13, 2018, 12:15:05
...and the bow. The windlass and chain attached. Now I need to sort out the railing around the bow. It's wire rather than tubing (as on the flying bridge). Also need to decide whether or not to have the canvas sides on the flying bridge. I've made them but can't decide if I like them or not.

That's all for today, I look forward to seeing some of you guests and your models. As I said before – everyone welcome.
Steve
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: sea monkey September 23, 2018, 00:15:13
Finally got this project back on track.
It has been sitting in a cupboard waiting for the last couple of items to be built. The main one being a rope fender.
After a week's worth of evenings spent tying tiny hitches it is all completed – and dyed.
The Hikurangi was supplied with one large rope fender but the photos show it being used on the bow, and the stern at various times. I've opted to have it on the bow – as it was on the day when the Hikurangi first sailed into Gisborne port.
All I need to do now is attached it – hopefully that won't take another 12 months.
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: sea monkey September 23, 2018, 21:57:18
I had a look back through the last few posts and realised that the thread is not totally up to date.
I had completed the derrick and finished the railings around the bow back in March.
The pulleys for the derrick were made from some etched brass that I had made at the very start of the project. The components can be made into a single, double or triple pulley block, the hook is attached to a wooden block.
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: sea monkey September 23, 2018, 21:58:49
Rigging the derrick was more fiddly than expected although it turned out OK.
The railings around the bow on the real boat are wire through steel stanchions. Mine are nylon thread and PE brass. They are fairly delicate so it's 'handle with care' from now on – I'm amazed that I haven't snapped off the bilge keels yet.
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: sea monkey September 23, 2018, 21:59:44
Only the towing bow/arc and fender to attach, and one small mast to make and it'll finally be finished.
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: sea monkey October 01, 2018, 21:13:40
I had a reasonably good weekend finishing a few little jobs on the Kumea and Hikurangi. Hats off to you guys who have several projects going at once. I find it difficult to jump between them – can't walk and chew gum at the same time I guess. My wife's been telling me that for years.

With the Hikurangi's fender all finished I fixed it onto the hull. I put a couple of U bolts into the rubbing stip and attached them to the fender with some lengths of chain.

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: sea monkey October 01, 2018, 21:14:55
The fender is dyed very black and photos don't capture too much detail but up close the fender looks good. I'm happy with it. The weeks of hitching might just be worth it.

 

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: sea monkey October 01, 2018, 21:16:26
Also attached the towing bow/arc.

Just about all finished but it has been over 2 years since I started this one and the rub-down dry transfers I'd had made for the ship's name on the transom have gone off – lost their stickiness. They come from Vancouver and are not cheap so I'll have to wait until I'm ordering some other transfers before I get them reprinted. Hopefully it won't be another 12 months.

And I realised that I have lost the searchlight – I know I had made one but I can't find it anywhere. Have to remake it.