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Towing Barge Plans Wanted
« on: February 04, 2010, 08:16:53 pm »

Hi Folks,

I'll soon be building a Model Slipway Wyeforce kit and require some plans for a towing barge if anyone can send or help with?




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Re: Towing Barge Plans Wanted
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010, 09:44:00 pm »

Here's a knotched barge I designed that can be towed as well.
The items marked as rudders are in reality skegs


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Re: Towing Barge Plans Wanted
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 12:15:22 pm »

After watching a Vid. on the Kirklees posting, one problem that becomes evident when brick dragging is inertia. One thought was to add a "Drogue", but that can become entangled. The other that springs to mind is a reverse thrusting submarine type drive on the back of the barge to give the tug something to pull against. I know we can't scale nature but the sight of barges catching up the towing vessels when turning or slowing down does tend to spoil the illusion.

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Re: Towing Barge Plans Wanted
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010, 09:42:28 pm »

Thats a problem with tows that can be easily overcome Ian ,
just fit a skeg (deep keel) under like i did with the pudding pan's  or if its possible a semi fixed rudder which is over proportioned to the tow but can be set from 45-90deg, this also has an advantage if two tows are towed in tandem then the stern's will be kept together by the rudders/skegs and produce drag in the water  :-)) .
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