Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sold Boat : 2006 American Tug 34

2006 American Tug 34       Secret Beach         Sold!

Equipped with the most popular factory options and an integrated dual Raymarine navigation package. Cabernet colored hull with a tasteful Doe Ultraleather interior. Cummins 380HP electronic common rail engine, Espar diesel furnace, air conditioning in the master, 6kw Northern Lights genset, full height windows in pilothouse doors, bow thruster, larger 20-gallon water heater, dual Racor filters, Prosine power inverter, and plenty of stainless accessories. 

She has Walker Bay 10-foot dinghy with Suzuki 15-hp electric start mounted on the upper boat deck, lifted by a Roskelly Ollson crane.  The cockpit has a cool raised counter with stainless barbecue.  

Built to go the distance; she has a Village Marine watermaker and an ESI fuel polishing system.

Secret Beach at St. George Reef Lighthouse - offshore near CA & OR border

This is a very well maintained low-hour boat with the best options!  Hurry as she will sell fast.

Complete details can be found here.

Send Steve Scruggs an email and I will send you a link to over 100 hi resolution photos.

Located on the American Tug display dock in La Conner, WA.  Come see Secret Beach on Trawler Row and take a factory tour. 

How full is your holding tank?

Probe Cleaner, not just for aliens...

A common boat maintenance issue is the holding tank level indicator.  Tank level indicators generally work very well in water and fuel tanks, but the holding tank is a larger challenge.

Tank gauges work in a variety of ways; there are float level sensors with a mechanical linkage, electronic sensors that send sonar signals to sense the level and others that measure resistance at different heights.  All are sensitive to sludge building up on the sensor and causing erratic readings.

The holding tank and system occasionally need a good cleaning.  Remember the old Du Pont tag line "better living through chemistry", well cleaning the tank is a good time to rely on chemistry.

Here are a couple of products that boat owners have offered positive recommendations.  TST Probe Cleaner, $12 at Amazon or RV Supply stores.  Noflex Digestor can be found at Fisheries Supply or Marine Sanitation for about $19.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Model: Really!

Just arrived at American Tug is a very beautiful model of Endeavor, American Tug 34 hull #100.

The scale model was built for the late Carrol Walker who commissioned model builder Gary Isaksen to create this masterpiece.  It is a very exacting representation of Endeavor.

Carrol was a great guy and always had a positive word.  We will think of Carrol every time we have a moment to enjoy the model here in the American Tug office.  We are proud to put it on display.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Get Your Sticky Windows Slidin'

Dry Film Lubricants work great on boats!

A common spring maintenance item is to get the windows and side doors sliding smoothly.  Dry film lubricants are your answer; an inexpensive and handy item to keep aboard your boat.

Gunk gets caught in the window slider tracks.  No big deal.  Salt crystals, pollution, moss and just plain dirt conspire against free sliding windows.

The  best solution is to flush out the tracks with fresh water, use a small brush and some boat soap if needed. When the tracks dry and you think you are done, just spray a little dry film lube in there and the windows and doors will slide really easily.

What makes the Dry Film Lubricant better...it is dry!  Oils like WD-40 will attract and hold dirt.  Dry lube will not.   It is essentially a PTFE or Teflon spray leaving just the slippery stuff behind.

Teflon is a Du Pont product and available from Amazon for $9.  McLube can be purchased from any good marine store (look in the sailboat hardware section) for about $15.  Blaster PTFE can be found at Home Depot or Amazon for about $6.  There are others out there and I am sure they will all work for this intended purpose.  Click here to see a bunch.