Cullamix – Paint, ballast and completion.

Well, the hull should be watertight.. I don’t see any major holes. Anyhow, that’s why there’s pumps!!. I put a coat of clear epoxy on the inside of the hull for two reasons: it stiffens the planks for fairing/sanding the outside and; it waterproofs the inside of the hull against leaks and damage. Inside the … Read more

Cullamix build Part 3 – engine and electronics

Now that the hull and superstructure are basically complete and ready for all the fiddly work, we can look at the inside stuff. Cullamix is a single engine, single rudder ship so the basic electronic package is: Radio transmitter and receiver. Electronic speed control. Rudder servo and linkage, and Battery. I’m going to add some … Read more

Cullamix Build Part 2

So now we have a complete hull, ready for a deck. I cut some deck beams to fit the top of each frame, about 1 inch wide and with the deck camber on top. After some fine tuning to get the sheer line right, I glued the deck beams to the frames. I like to … Read more

Cullamix Build

Having finally gotten around to posting something about this build, I realize that I didn’t take many photos of the early days. No comments about procrastination – these plans have been kicking around the shop for over 40 years….. Anyhow, lets get started. These are the Bernard Reeve plans for an 80ft Thames River diesel … Read more

The Steam Tug Part 12

Coffee sticks in action. I have neglected this blog and failed to take some pictures that I should. That said, here’s the state of the build today. Lots more coffee sticks have gone into the build This picture shows the deckhouse upside down. The deckhouse bottom sides were first glued to the frame that was … Read more

The Steam Tug Part 11

Starting the Deckhouse. Bit of a hiatus while I got out the latest Binnacle, and did a couple of additions to the Binnacle Archive. The dining room table has been fully occupied for a couple of weeks by the latest mind-boggling quilt project. Anyway there is now a little progress to report so here goes. … Read more