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Eddy Matthews

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Different classes?
« on: October 20, 2009, 23:37:04 »
Are there different classes for tugs in towing competitions?

A tug with Voith Schnieder propulsion, or Schottel drives, is going to handle a lot better than an older tug with a single screw and rudder, so is there a method of scoring which takes these factors into account? The same thing for tugs with or without bow thrusters etc?

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Re: Different classes?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009, 00:31:59 »
Hi Eddy
In our neck of the woods It's No. We all have to take the same cours when you start to go round the towing Regattas I think you will find the guys that operate the single screw, fixed rope tug, are not far away from the top 3 or 4 winners.
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Re: Different classes?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2009, 00:33:59 »
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Re: Different classes?
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009, 00:39:58 »
Great photos there John, as I have never had a single screw tug, would I be correct in saying it would be an advantage to have a working winch on one ? So that if you needed a tight turn you could let out some rope turn the tug then retrieve it back ? Hopefully I am making some sense  :-[

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Re: Different classes?
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009, 01:15:48 »
Hi Dan
In the case of a single screw you would be better with a working Gog rope. So it will allow the stern of the tug to swing.
Having a working main rope you might be in a confined space and still not be able to swing. Hope this helps, or makes sense to you

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Re: Different classes?
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009, 01:22:07 »
Cheers John, yes it does make sense  ;)

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Re: Different classes?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009, 03:54:47 »
Are courses laid out with turns in different directions of the same direction? If in the same direction, would a Liverpool Bridle be of benefit?
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Re: Different classes?
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009, 08:27:59 »
Hi Model tug man.
The courses turn in different directions, It's in the restricted areas the single screw fixed rope have problems, ie when docking and you have not got a third tug to push up.

John.