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CAJ

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MFM Lowgarth
« on: May 02, 2016, 12:28:21 »
Evening all,

Here's a few pictures of my Mount Fleet Lowgarth in build . . . with a deckhouse and hull from Bosun Model Boats. The Mount Fleet wheelhouse was a poor representation of the real tug (which I sailed on once with TugChief and grew up watching working around the Bristol Channel) so I modified a Uskgarth deckhouse (wheelhouse side windows a little smaller).

The project has been ongoing for a few years and spent more time in box but now I have a new house with a garage /man cave its taking shape and I have my mojo for it back! Hopefully I'll post a regular flow of updates in coming weeks/months.

Cheers,
Chris

Marking windows for cutting.



Windows cut awaiting filing.





Freeing ports cut and anchors fitted.



Motor and shaft fitted.



Deck Beams fitted. Motor mount, rudder, bilge keels glassed in.



Deck cut to fit.



Starting to come together and looking very much like Lowgarth!

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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2016, 13:08:42 »
Hi CAJ

it's a nice looking tug , what a difference a few fittings make

Look forward to seeing more of your build,

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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2016, 20:54:46 »
Beautiful Chris. . .I gained many new ideas for my build from your well done pictures.
Keep them coming and thank you.

Michael
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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2016, 13:09:51 »
Great progress, looks good.

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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2016, 22:22:34 »
Looking like a proper tug now ,well done.👍👍👍👍👍
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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2016, 12:19:49 »
Thanks for your comments! No progress this week other than some planning of the radio control layout. Hope to get some time on her this weekend.  :D
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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2016, 11:21:20 »
Hi Chris
Good to see you making a start its been a while, she does look better with the proper wheelhouse as opposed to the other one, and will make a great looking tug, I still have the molds for the Uskgarth and I will be bringing out the Plumgarth/Avongarth in the next few weeks good luck with your build I will be watching with interest. looking good so far.
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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2016, 12:39:00 »
Hi Chris
Good to see you making a start its been a while, she does look better with the proper wheelhouse as opposed to the other one, and will make a great looking tug, I still have the molds for the Uskgarth and I will be bringing out the Plumgarth/Avongarth in the next few weeks good luck with your build I will be watching with interest. looking good so far.
Bosun

Thanks Bosun, been a while but in the meantime I've become a qualified Harbour Master and Dad! Hope to crack on and get her afloat this year not I'm into it. Plum/Avon will make a nice companion . .

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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2016, 04:09:36 »
Hi Chris
Congratulations on both counts, does that mean you are the Harbour Master at Bristol or have they sent you somewhere else.
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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2016, 12:13:43 »
Thanks! Deputy Harbour Master at Avonmouth/Portbury Bosun.

Here's a bit of progress - aft deck support fitted, servo mount made/fitted and hull interior painted (1st coat). I know many don't bother with this but I always have done so! Find it easier to see wires/connections etc in the hull.

Hope to fit deck one evening this week or next weekend after the motor and servo have been fixed in.





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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2017, 10:40:53 »
Sorry for the delay in posting! Progress has been very slow with my baby son taking priority together with a rather exciting project in work . . . . (Introducing newbuild Damen Shoalbuster 2308s 'Graham Robertson' now in operation at Bristol for the Port Company).





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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2017, 10:42:50 »
And back to Lowgarth . . . Motor and servo fitted, deck fitted and I'm currently fitting the hatch coaming.



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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2017, 12:51:51 »
A little bit more progress thanks to some annual leave and child-free time!

Timbers being cut/glued.



Ready for sanding



In position.



Towing hooks dry fitted.



Monkey Island deck template.



Monkey island deck and railings.





Overview of progress (note rubbing strakes dry fitted to check position.


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Re: MFM Lowgarth
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2017, 12:56:33 »
I expect you've got numerous photo's of the Bristol channel tug Chris but here's one a mate sent me taken by his father up at the dry-dock at Sharpness of the Bargarth in the mid 70's, I know it's not the Lowgarth but being the same class I thought it be of interest.
Was the Lowgarth a welsh based tug or was she from this side of the channel?

Regards
Kevin