Yes, Bob's building another boat ....... it's a Bantam Tug. Bantams are small service boats about 30 ft. LOA used in the canals and other inland waters of the UK. They are highly manoeuvrable and robust workboats. While most hull forms remain closely similar, tow posts, hatches and deckhouse are of more individual design. A bluff and rounded bow, fitted with pusher bumpers, is a distinctive characteristic. Bob's boat will have standard rudder steering.
This test video shows a mock-up of a model kitchen rudder. The wood boards open and close at the base of the rudder post. A servo actuates the boards that simulate the action of the shells on a real kitchen rudder which provide fore/aft drive without reversing prop rotation. A second servo (not shown) would replace the hand movement, to give Pt/Stbd steering. The distance between the marker lines on the rear support is 6 inches. Plans are in the works to use this type of
If you have time, it's well worth a visit to the Doran Bay Model Ship Museum, about 5 minutes drive from the Upper Canada Village at Morrisburg, Ontario. Superb models span several hundred years of commercial and naval shipping. Set aside an hour or more to enjoy this incredible collection. For more information, go to: http://www.doranbaymodelshipmuseum.com