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davawt

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Bugsier Tug
« on: August 04, 2006, 05:34:57 PM »

Hi Guys

I am about to get my hands on a Graupner Bugsier Tug and wondered if anyone has set one up for towing.
The supplied tow hook looks to be a little weak in the pictures Ive seen of the superstructure, and there does not seem to be room further back.
If anyone can help let me know.

Take care, bye
Dave

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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2006, 10:19:50 PM »

yeah me and my dad have bugsiers and both of ares have the back bulkhead replaced with 1/4" ply and then aluminium channel and pipe to make the tow hook base and the for the hook its a key ring hook ill take some piccys tomoz in day light to show you how its done.
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2006, 01:20:56 PM »

Thank you,

I did think it looked a bit iffy at the Tow Hook area.
I look forward to the pics.

Take care, bye
Dave
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2006, 08:22:32 PM »

here are the pics if you would like some better ones i will take some at the end of the week cheers jamie

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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2006, 09:25:50 AM »

Thanks for the pictures,

I will give them a good looking over later.


Take care, bye
Dave
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2006, 01:48:01 PM »

Thanks for the pictures,

I will give them a good looking over later.


Take care, bye
Dave

Here are the pictures, better late than never.
I have drilled the bulk head and bolted the Tow Hook through there.



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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2006, 12:26:08 PM »

Do you leave the superstructure free.
I used to screw it through to the hull.

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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2006, 07:44:36 PM »

Do you leave the superstructure free.
I used to screw it through to the hull.

Bob

Hi Bob

At the moment it is free standing, but I am thinking of securing it in some way.
I have asked a fellow member of my local club and he says bolt it down.
So it looks like I will be bolting it down, I don't wont to loose my superstructure in the lake.
Is there any special way of bolting down that you know of Bob?
All help is well appreciated as I am new to model boating.
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2006, 08:16:03 PM »

would show you the way that i do it but my bugs is in bits at the mo coz the deck went roten so replacin it with plastic and also fitted a bowthruster and itt is now evil at turnin with it 60mm kort and its bowthruster watch ducks
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2006, 08:36:26 PM »

would show you the way that i do it but my bugs is in bits at the mo coz the deck went roten so replacin it with plastic and also fitted a bowthruster and itt is now evil at turnin with it 60mm kort and its bowthruster watch ducks

Hi boatmanic942

That sounds like one hell of a bugsier.
I presume you take your Tug Towing very seriously.
I think it will take me a while and then some to get to that stage.
Good luck with the Towing.
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2006, 11:11:05 PM »

I just fitted 4 screws through the superstructure to the coaming.
It held it fast, but then I fitted an external on/off switch so didnt have to keep undoing the screws at the pondside.

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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2006, 09:50:25 AM »

Thanks Bob

Sounds like a good idea as I already have a switch on the deck.
I will have a good look at the superstructure later today.
Bit pushed for time right now.
Did you use brass screws Bob?

Thanks again Bob, bye
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2006, 03:26:11 PM »

I just fitted 4 screws through the superstructure to the coaming.
It held it fast, but then I fitted an external on/off switch so didnt have to keep undoing the screws at the pondside.

Bob

Cheers Bob

Just finished the job, 4 screws (brass) and caps.
See the pics below.


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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2006, 06:20:52 PM »

It's convenient to have an exterior on/off switch until you ship water over the deck on a rough day. My Mountfield 'Active' had just such a switch, and it died the day after getting very wet.  >:( The replacement switch is inside now - for the couple of seconds it takes to get the superstructure off, well it could just save you a few hours buying and fitting a new switch, then filling the hole, repainting etc etc.

My Active has a similarly mounted towing hook, so I might follow your ideas for strengthening the mounting, though I've also added a sturdy set of bitts just aft of the superstructure. Tows well from them.

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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2006, 09:56:57 PM »

Nice job Dave, yes I used brass screws as you did.
There are waterproof clear rubber cobers for the switch from the Car manufacturers, I used one of these. Just clamps between deck and switch and well splashproof.

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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2006, 11:35:04 PM »

Now he tells me..... ;)

Still, I prefer the look of the deck without the switch on it too!

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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2006, 09:49:48 AM »

Well guys

That has given me food for thought.
Thank you for all your help, for the moment I will leave as is.
The Ellesmere Port show is local to me this week-end so will have a look there for maybe a water proof switch?
If not Bob I may give the local Car Dealer a look in for that cover.
Andy, I am thinking of building another Tug soon would the Mountfield Active be a good choice?
Soon be the cooler weather and need for indoor activities.
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2006, 11:50:46 AM »

yh spose i do take it seriuos but never come newhere but its all good fun new deck and bowthuruster tested and it works turns on a sixpence and the deck now needs paintin and the bulwalk puttin back on then all the bollards and stuff and its back to the way it was then prehaps b4 i go back 2 school i can finish my 3 yr build
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2006, 04:39:01 PM »

I bought the tug secondhand and have been giving it some TLC - mainly comsetic. Only minor tinkering with the running gear needed.
It does look quite a simple build though, most of the superstructure is a one-piece fibreglass moudling, but I'm not sure about the wheelhouse, that might be styrene card. Good looking tug when it's done.
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2006, 08:40:51 PM »

Hi Andy

well worth a look at then as a build for the dark nights.
I have nearly finished my Bugsier, this weekend  I got a JJC sound system and fenders plus some connectors.
Did a bit of a respray to the upper hull area and restuck it down, a bit flimsy idea to say the least.
Bad weather so no chance to test her on the lake, hope it's bucks up for Monday.
She has two 6v 4.3amp lead batteries fitted so even with the sound system it should last a while sailing.
Anyway guys enjoy whats left on our Bank Holiday.
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2006, 08:23:03 PM »

yh spose i do take it seriuos but never come newhere but its all good fun new deck and bowthuruster tested and it works turns on a sixpence and the deck now needs paintin and the bulwalk puttin back on then all the bollards and stuff and its back to the way it was then prehaps b4 i go back 2 school i can finish my 3 yr build
cheers jamie


Hi Jamie

We have a Tug Towing comp at a lake near me this Sunday, but we also have a steering comp on at my clubs lake same day.
What a downer I cant go to both but I would like to tow, but I think I will go steering, I know it can steer now Ive tightened the rudder up.
May be next time I'll go for the towing comp, good luck to you for your future towing comp's
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Re: Bugsier Tug
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2006, 10:11:14 AM »

iv got steering finals at crearly exeter this sunday and im 3rd overal so im goin to do my best get a nother lump of wood for my shelf
cheers jamie
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