How to power a twin screw pushboat?

Discussion in 'Diesel Engines' started by Big Builder, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Big Builder
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    Big Builder Junior Member

    Hello,

    I am currently planning to build a twin screw steel pushboat for our barging company.
    I plan to follow a very simple and much used design of 12' wide by 25' long basically a steel "box" much like the barges we have built ourselves.
    THe design and fabrication of the basic vessel itself is not so much of a problem for.

    I have no experience with installing the engines, drives, sizing the driveshafts, props. controls. cooling etc.

    With this email I am mostly hoping to introduce our project and will need to look for much advice in this forum.

    The engines and transmissions are readily available here and I plan to use two 4 cylinder diesel engines ( 200hp) each.

    I do not have any digital design ability so I will need to discuss with pictures I post.

    BB
     
  2. rayman
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    rayman Senior Member

    BigBuilder, just build one of your boxes and drop a pair of skid mounted power units on deck. Look up "Truckee" tugs, I think they are down Florida way. and its all b/s that you have to have handed units, I drove for many years a triple screw tug with all props swinging lefthanded and single rudder in the middle.
     
  3. Big Builder
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    Big Builder Junior Member

    Rayman,

    Sorry for the long wait to thank you but I have been out of touch.

    I have had to change my approach completely ...we are now going to power out pushboats with a couple of four stroke outboards and see how it worrks. Won't be in the same class as diesel but after we priced all the compnents of a diesel it was simply out of reach. Thanks again for your thoughts.
     
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