Mini or normal size tugs

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Sabrejet, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Sabrejet
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    Excuse me for the post, but I just signed up and have not had time to check 150 pages of info!
    Looking for all mini tug designs; as well, dream of buying a regular size tug.
    I would consider purchasing a mini-tug complete or project boat; looking for websites to that end.
     
  2. marshmat
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    Hi Sabrejet, welcome aboard :)

    "Tug" has come to refer to a wide variety of boats, many of which share only some styling cues with their working brethren.

    Are you thinking of something that looks shippy, but is actually more fancy-yacht? http://www.nordictugs.com/models.cfm?showNav=models

    Or something truly "mini", that a pickup truck can haul cross-country? http://www.c-ranger.com/

    Or a genuine small working tugboat, c/w big diesel, prop, and used truck tires on the gunwales to match? http://www.apolloduck.ca/feature.phtml?id=96605

    Or something just plain cute? http://www.murphysonthewater.com/theodoretugboat/
     
  3. Sabrejet
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    Sabrejet New Member

    Tug choices

    Thanks Matt:
    See the dinghy on the stern of the Nordic 26? That's my budget!
    I was in the running to purchase a mini-tug 20' McNaughton design, but it sold. So, now I am researching building one. If I had the money (not yet) I would purchase a steel tug, say 30-40 feet; anything that Scruton Marine sells, almost! I have limited experience in wood (none?) but experience with aircraft (hey, same idea of motion, just different looks! BTW, working tug looks is best.
    So, I am looking all the time for tug designs, for sale, coastal boats etc. etc.
     
  4. Jim_Hbar
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  5. EStaggs
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    EStaggs Senior Member

    Exactly how "mini" are we talking?

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    Id be more than happy to build another of these.

    E
     
  6. MoonBeam
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    You might like this one ...

    This is a great little story with a stunning end result for the DIY builder ...
    http://www.skeltonengineering.com/index_files/Home.html

    Also - try looking at these guys: http://www.berkeley-engineering.com/index.html. This is where Clint started I believe and then evolved his own design in the quest for more 'sea-worthiness'.

    Another site: http://www.boatdesigns.com as they have plenty of 'tug' designs too you might find useful.

    Trust this helps ... let me know what you settle on.

    I was thinking of building an 18' as a family project ... yet to be convinced of the safety in coastal water.
    :cool:
     
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    dreamer Soñadora

    that's awesome. :)
     

  9. EStaggs
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    EStaggs Senior Member

    That photo was taken about an hour after this one:

    [​IMG]

    E
     
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