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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2007, 02:22:43 PM »

I'd like to do some towing as well.  I live in Reading (Berks).  Can anyone recommend a club nearby that does towing, please?

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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2007, 07:57:37 PM »


    Hi Ruffair,  Are you in a club at all.?

    Regards

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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2007, 11:06:11 AM »

Hi All

Having recently being bitten buy the tug bug (Tugalotus Dribblus;D I would really like to get some idea of how to use my new model to is fullest.

Trouble with living off shore on the Isle of Wight (or White if you work for the post office) ::) Muppetts!!!!, getting anyware starts with an hour on a ferry, any written material or video I can be pointed to would be a good start.

If anyone has some time on their hands I can this being a good money earner in producing a beginners guide.

Whilst talking about towing what would be a good start for a tow, I have 2 1/32 scale tugs and I am now looking to build a suitable tow, any ideas?

Many Thanks

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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2007, 11:53:11 AM »

Scale size?

Or Scale weight?

or just for fun and the experience if you have 2 tugs then tow one with the other, bridal the tow on the bow of the 'dumb' tug and try different lengths from the tow tug, (tip = try not to tow from a point too far astern of the center of the towing tug as this will reduce control in turning the towing tug)
If you have a working Gog or even a working winch (even better both) then life in the towing fraternity will be bliss as the handling will be so much more controlable.

But hey if your just starting out have fun and find what works for YOU

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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2007, 11:54:42 AM »

                     ...Hi Big Geoff...

If you take a look around this site or go to wwwsfmbc.org you should find the 2  barges that i built last year from a sheet of plywood...

I havenow fitted a crane on one of them...

A railway sleeper with a nail in each end to attach your tow rope to is a good practise peice...

...All The Best...Norry...
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« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2007, 10:33:55 AM »

Thanks guys

But what is a Bridal and a Gog?

Theres a whole new language to learn.

I like the idea of chucking a railway sleeper in Ryde Canoe lake specially on a sunday morning when IOM mob are racing, they get very territorial.

There is a couple of books that I have orderd "Scale Model Tugs & Trawlers" and "The Tug Boat Book" are they any good?

My son reminded me that I have a 6' Hull someware in the garage, about 10 years ago I built a 1920's coal carrier "Skargill" I will have to dig that out from under the remains of my eldests sons cars (every car he has owned is in bits in my garage, if you fancy a kit of a Subaru Impreza ;D).

I might have a picture of it someware.

Many thanks

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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2007, 10:46:39 AM »

big-geoff
A  bridle is the "tow rope" which is attached to the ship being towed, then connected to the tugs own tow line.
A "Gog" is a device, usually a rope that is tied across the stern working deck of the tug over the tow rope  to stop the tow moving forward or over the tugs side.
This is to stop the tug being "Girted" or pulled over sideways which can capsize her.
Some tugs don't need this as they have "Cruciform Bollards" which the tow rope is fitted through, these are a set of bollards which look like very solid cricket stumps with the bails on, this keeps the tow rope over the stern and if it moves round pulls the stern of the tug with it, just a more substantial "Gog".

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« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2007, 11:32:07 AM »

Briliant, that makes it very clear.

Thanks

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« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2007, 06:33:09 PM »

      ...Hi Big Geoff...

If you can get hold of copy of a book called TUGS TODAY by M.J.Gaston.

This book will explain all aspects of real tugs & towing techniques...

The ISBN number is ISBN 1 85260 521 9.

...Best Regards...Norry...
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« Reply #34 on: May 16, 2007, 02:04:52 PM »

      ...Hi Big Geoff...

If you can get hold of copy of a book called TUGS TODAY by M.J.Gaston.

This book will explain all aspects of real tugs & towing techniques...

The ISBN number is ISBN 1 85260 521 9.

...Best Regards...Norry...

Just got this on eBay for 5.40 plus P&P
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Re: Tug Masterclass
« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2007, 02:42:04 PM »

OK, hypothetically speaking....

A Tug is due to meet a vessel to assist in docking.

What is the protocol if it's too dangerous to bring a ship into harbour (due to weather) but then lives become in danger because the ship if in danger of floundering?

Can the Tug master refuse to assist the vessel?
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« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2007, 03:23:27 PM »

The Tug Master can refuse to carry out any duty if "IN HIS OPINION IT ENDANGERS HIS VESSEL".
I have been on several Ocean-Going Salvage Tugs where just this has happened.
The local tugs refused to come out due to weather so we steamed from the Clyde to the East Coast of Ireland.
There is no point sending harbour tugs out which might themselves become a casualty.

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« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2007, 08:42:11 PM »

There is at least one member of this forum that can tell you most things about tug operations as he has been a tug master, and having him as my skipper on larger ships can vouch for his ship handling capabilities too.
Try asking RMASMASTER.
He should be with me on the Mayhem Weekend Sunday.

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« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2007, 09:08:58 PM »

I am trying to persuade SHMBO that a trip to Northamtonshire would be nice, will probably bring my French harbour tug on the Sunday.

Weather permiting.....that is wether she lets me  ;D

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« Reply #39 on: May 17, 2007, 09:20:26 PM »

Just posted a couple of pictures under towing in real life
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« Reply #40 on: September 10, 2007, 11:52:40 PM »

hi andy i'am only 18 and have been tug towing now for some 5 years now and i started by going down joining my local club and then on the competition days i would go down and get in a team and be in thew competition and over the years the older men have tought me everything there is to know and i think the best thing people who want to start tug towing is to do what i done and to join your local club get the dates and go down and get to know everyone because then they can teach you everything there is to know hands on and your having a good day out at the sametime!
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