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zapster2k

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Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« on: November 03, 2009, 12:10:05 AM »

Greetings everyone, as a new member to your this forum, have any of you ever built the Dumas American Beauty River Tug...? I've built several Tugs/Work Boats, (Smit Nederland, Villestrom, Envoy Tug, and the Calypso.  This would be a new challenge, what do you all think of the kit?

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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2009, 02:36:58 AM »

Welcome to the forum, zapster2k.

I have not built, nor even seen the Dumas kit you mention, but it looks as if it would make an interesting model. If you do decide to build one, keep us up to date with some photos of your build. Maybe some photos of your previous builds too.

Peter.
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2009, 08:04:28 AM »

Here's a nice one I saw a Dean's Marine a little while back.
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2009, 01:32:56 PM »

The kit used to have a nice fiberglass hull, now they're using a vacuformed hull. Most of the builders I know have bought better wood for the wood in the kit is poor. If you don't know much about towboats then check out my site. It will teach you a lot about these boats. http://towboatjoe.com

I've got photos of the real American Beauty as well.
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2009, 02:39:59 PM »

How old is the original Joe?
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009, 05:32:26 PM »

One more Joe, why the minimum freeboard? Because they don't need any or is there another explanation.
Hama
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2009, 07:37:24 PM »

They operate on the Mississippi River not on open water. 
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2009, 11:34:45 PM »

The JMississippi River is just one of the rivers that towboats operate. There are about 18 tributaries that towboats run on that empty into the Mississippi alone. I live on the Ohio River and the photo of the A. B. was taken at Paducah, Kentucky on the Lower Ohio about 35 miles from where the Ohio empties into the Mississippi. A standard tow is 15 barges pushing five long and three wide. That is for locking through the locks on the Ohio and Upper Mississippi without having to break the tow. There are no locks on the lower Mississippi so a common tow there is 36 to 42 barges.

Here's some info on the A. B.

Twin screw towboat built 1968 by Saint Louis Shipbuilding, St. Louis, Missouri. 170 x 45 (thats in feet)
Powered by two GM 16-645E7B diesels totaling 5400 hp.
Has kort nozzles. Owned by American River Transportation Co., St. Louis, MO

I've got a photo when I was aboard the G L FURR (140 x 45) making a hairpin turn the the water was washing over the gard clear up to the cabin. These big boats don't do any rocking or pitching. The main thing they have to contend with is the current and sandbars. It's funny that enpty barges can be pushed so easily by cross winds that a full tow of empties is a handfull to handle.
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2009, 12:50:34 PM »

  Zapster:
  Have you decided to go ahead with a build of the American Beauty?  I picked up a poorly done model with a fiberglass hull and I'm starting on a redo of it. I thought we could compare notes as we go.

  John
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2009, 12:58:29 PM »

The kit used to have a nice fiberglass hull, now they're using a vacuformed hull. Most of the builders I know have bought better wood for the wood in the kit is poor. If you don't know much about towboats then check out my site. It will teach you a lot about these boats. http://towboatjoe.com

I've got photos of the real American Beauty as well.

  Joe:

 I checked your web site for pics of American Beauty, but couldn't find them. Do you have them posted on there?

thanks
John
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2009, 01:30:16 PM »

  Joe:

 I checked your web site for pics of American Beauty, but couldn't find them. Do you have them posted on there?

thanks
John
He says on his site that he has the photos if you are interested, presumably you have to ask. :-))
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2009, 01:41:09 PM »

Just send me an email to towboat@windstream.net and I'll email them to you.
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2009, 04:09:37 PM »

He says on his site that he has the photos if you are interested, presumably you have to ask. :-))

  I did, and towboatjoe did. Worked great.

thanks Dick
John
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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2009, 07:47:29 PM »

Hi oldiron,
                I built the American Beauty back last year and enjoyed every minute of it , just replace all the ply with plastic .
    i've a lot of photo's of my build ,Just give me a shout.

                       Jenno

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Re: Dumas American Beauty River Towboat
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2009, 07:52:47 PM »

Hi oldiron,
                I built the American Beauty back last year and enjoyed every minute of it , just replace all the ply with plastic .
    i've a lot of photo's of my build ,Just give me a shout.

                       Jenno

  Turned into a beautiful vessel. I may take you up on the offers for pictures as I progress. Towboatjoe was very helpful with pictures of the prototype.

thanks
John
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