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Andy K

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Tug Masterclass
« on: March 25, 2007, 11:49:35 AM »

Is there anywhere to go to learn the In's and Out's of towing. Perhaps the more experienced tug captains of this forum would consider writing some information to assist those of us who would like to learn more about this subject but do not know where to turn. I am sure that with the collective experience of you all some instructional document or even a masterclass event could be possible. I have been building models for some 40 years, my first boat was built 35 years ago and I still have the plans. I have recently purchased a tug and wondered where I may go to learn the art of towing.
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2007, 11:57:06 AM »

...Hi Andy K...

Thats the main intentions of the Tug-In that is being held at Largs in June...
Where are you based Andy?...I am based in Glasgow, Scotland...
If you go along to one of the MMM Qualifiers which are being held all over England, The guys are a good bunch & will take time to help you get set up...

Once we know where you live, Someone will help you out...

...Best Regards...Norry...
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2007, 01:53:29 PM »

Dear Mayhem Admin

Could this be something on the itinerary at the Mayhem Weekend?
Perhaps run a couple of time of different days for those who cannot attend all days.

Maybe some Mayhemers would be glad to show of their prowess and share the knowledge.


Just a thought.
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2007, 02:23:07 PM »

Let us know where you live so we can direct you to the nearest club. If you live in the North West  then come along to the Blackburn club we will give you more help than you will ever need to get set up and learn to tow. Towing is dead easy at least that's what the Ellesmere lot would have us believe.  ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2007, 05:37:50 PM »

That Wirrall/ Ellesmere Port lot..........all that missing is the fins sticking out from bewteen the shoulder blades! ;D
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2007, 05:44:07 PM »

What date in June Norry?

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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2007, 07:18:23 PM »

...Hi boatmadman..
The Tug-In is on the 17th of June at Largs Modrel boat Club on the shores of The Firth Of Clyde in Bonnie Scotland...

My mate Billy & I travelled down from Glasgow to attend the Tug-In at Featherstone M.B.C. last year and were bitten really bad by the Tug-Towing Bug...I would like to say that  we were made most welcome & have attended several other events in England & made lots of new mates with similar interests...

We are now trying to get other model boaters in Scotland interested in the Ins & Outs of Tug-Towing..
thats why the guys have agrred to come North for the next one...(As well as trying to locate the many sheep & other items that we have been accused of stealing).

You will be made most welcome on the day if you wish to attend...That goes for anyone who travels up  North for the event...

...All The Best ...Norry...
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2007, 07:53:44 PM »

Norry,

I would have liked to come, but it clashes with holidays, I will be in Sicilly with the family.

I havent got a suitable tug yet anyway! lol Must build one - my next project, a meaty deep sea tug, I quite fancy one of metcalf's hulls, Seahorse, or Typhoon. Are these suitable?

Ian
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2007, 08:04:01 PM »

Good idea Tiger tiger, would someone who is coming to the Mayhem weekender and has a tug AND would like to show us one one of a tug from the other please get in tough with me.

anything else you would like to see on that weekend?

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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2007, 08:29:29 PM »

HI MARTIN
               I WILL BE BRINGING MY MOTLEY FLEET OF TUGS, I HAVE SPOKEN TO ROBBO FROM NORTHAMTON CLUB AND THEY ARE BRINGING SOME BARGES ALONG FOR US TUGERS TO USE. IF ANY BODY WISHS TO LEARN THE DARK ART OF TOWING THEN FIND ME AND HAVE A GO ;D. WEVE JUST HAD A SUNNY  BUT WINDY DAY AT BLACKBURN, WHERE WE HELD THE FIRST MMM TUG TOWING  QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON, BEST SCORE OF THE DAY WENT TO THE WIRRAL TEAM ONLY ONE POINT LOST WELL DONE
                             CHEERS STEVE JONES  ;D 
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2007, 11:19:07 PM »

Well thats it then will have to brign Mayjay(lady Jan) down this sounds like Mayhem well it will be if I start towing a barge!!!! Stavros
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2007, 07:25:32 PM »

Thanks for all of the replies, I have looked for books but there are none.
Perhaps one of you would like to write one?
I live in Leeds and I am a member of Rawdon Model Boat Club, The members are very friendly but there arn't many tug people. Lots of sailing boats and Yachts.
I have noticed many events at Balne Moor so it may be a good move on my part to try and find this venue.
Once again thank sto you all
Andy
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2007, 07:27:21 PM »

Andy I went to Balne Moor last week a great bunch of lads and i'm sure they will help you they have another tug day in April
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2007, 08:03:36 PM »

 
     Hi Andy,   I tug tow at Balne Moor if you would like to give me a ring
     mobile  07960525261.
 
     cheers,

     John.               POLL
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2007, 09:57:26 PM »

hi everyone this is not finalised yet but a few of us at e port are having a bit of a sail on the 9th of April (easter Monday) in the museum. if i can arrange it we may be able to get a few interested people in to have a go at towing with some so called champs who are happy to help all. if interested you can contact me (Steve) on 07843277298  i will do my best to get conformation before the end of the week. or email me at ministeve72@aol.com


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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2007, 11:09:58 PM »

 

        What a good idea, I am intrested in tug towing but I don't have a tug as yet,
        If I was to get a tug what is a good size tug? would it be a Smit Nederland
        Port Garth or something smaller. If I came could I have a go with someone Else's
        tug to see if I would like it, You here stores of tugs getting damaged.
        thanks in advance,

      This could be you.

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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2007, 03:42:02 AM »

Thanks for all of the replies, I have looked for books but there are none.
Perhaps one of you would like to write one?
I live in Leeds and I am a member of Rawdon Model Boat Club, The members are very friendly but there arn't many tug people. Lots of sailing boats and Yachts.
I have noticed many events at Balne Moor so it may be a good move on my part to try and find this venue.
Once again thank sto you all
Andy

Perhaps Mayem could do a video/DVD of the weekend, this could be part of it.
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2007, 09:11:20 PM »

Will this do Steve?
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2007, 09:53:37 PM »

 

       Hi Billy, YOU HAVE MADE A GOOD JOB WITH THE TUG, HAVE YOU HAD HER
       ON THE TANKER YET? IF SO WHAT'S SHE PULL LIKE?

       REGARDS,

       JOHN.
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2007, 10:03:17 PM »

Hi John....Norry & i had our first real go at some practice on Sunday using my 6ft TID as the tow, we had a whale of a time and both new boats performed beyond our expectations. Our other new partner James, had his first go at towing and we had to step sideways because of the ever increasing cheesy grin he was wearing!

Ive made the props 'flat' in pitch so she gives me as much thrust in forward as in reverse, the bow thruster needed knocking back a notch because she was too heavy on the amps and blew the main fuse, but works great now shes adjusted, the winch required less voltage too so a smaller pack was made up, charged and tested...works at just a nice rate I think.

Norrys 'Scotch Pride' was doing her fair share too, we cant wait till the next trip!
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« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2007, 10:15:25 PM »



Ooooohhhh, i like that,you've done a great job of buliding that tug !!!!!!!
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2007, 10:23:16 PM »

why oh why did i have to be born in the states????
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2007, 10:38:58 PM »

Haud Yir Wheesht Billy n Tell Thim Nuthin...

I suppose I,ll need to get some pictures Tomorrow Because I forgot to take them on Sunday due to the amount of fun we were having...Seeyiramorra...

OK just a wee picture then...
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2007, 08:30:45 PM »

they both look great lads look forward to seeing u at largs soon. glad u both ok after the accident wouldn't want to have an unfair advantage he-he ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2007, 11:03:15 PM »

   
      Hi Steve,   Any news on E/Port day yet .
 
      Cheers,

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