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Model Tug Accidents and Damages Shared
« on: August 16, 2013, 21:42:29 »

Hopefully, there will be here many important shared member tips on what
to be aware of, look out for, and avoid (do not do this) with regards to
the Health of your tugboat and its living on for a few hundred years or more.

"Model Tug Close Calls, Accidents, and Damages Shared" is similar to
what the air plane crash investigation folks do. By sharing the findings of
what caused or failed for one's model tugboat, we all can bypass the same
unpleasant occurrences to our vessel. Priceless shared tug information.

For example, all boats have masts, and tugboats have a "Light Signal" mast,
referred to as the tug's "Christmas Tree" around these parts. Masts all have
a common "Achilles Heel". . .they are tall and always are the tallest part of a tug.
They also are prone to attract damage easily.

So, my tug is sitting on a ramp into the van. A friend, trying to be of assistance,
finished sliding the tug into the van and abruptly bent the mast off. . .

I am a grown man now and avoid situations requiring me to cry. I did not cry.
However, I was forced to take a moment and let it sink in that indeed, (sorry
for using the "sink" word), I was not done building my tugboat.

Or, having just launched your tug, you turn away for a moment to find your
batteries, and when you turn back around, a 3 year old is climbing,
and making a good go at it, onto your tugboat. All the best laid plans of mice
and tugboat men. . .

Of course I will now keep my eye on the tug at all times. I will instruct others
to please not help me unless being aware of the plan. I am sure we will receive
stories about having left your tug on the roof of the car/truck or, my dog
ate my tugboat. We have all done that.

I am sure there are many other "plane crashes" that have created that
big surprise look on our faces and tugboat people want to know.

Michael 2tugboats
Yet another case of why men and women go down to the sea in ships. . .A pleasure to be here and smell the salt air. Thank you Tugboat Forum. . .Michael in Anacortes, Washington www.twotugboats.com

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Re: Model Tug Accidents and Damages Shared
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2013, 07:51:31 »
In 1995 At Olympia WA. Sunk in a brown water lake about 16 feet, Yep went swimming September long weekend wasn't that cold . and the same tug at Capital Lake 1999 ,Went out after a disabled vessel  being towed by my tug in a car top boat, stopped to pick up the other one and drove over my own tug , This time was easier to get the tug back it was at the end of the tow about 12 feet down.
West Coast tugs don't like being towed back wards they will turn on to there sides and roll over .
Gary

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Re: Model Tug Accidents and Damages Shared
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2013, 16:21:27 »
I pictured your story ,Gary. Wow. . .your words, ". . .drove over my own tug",
are branded on my mind now. "Do Not Tow Tugboat Backwards" is etched
in concrete on my shop floor.

And, your tugboat going down twice. I have thought about my tug going
down once and like your good fortune, the water isn't a hundred feet deep,
but it hadn't occurred to me my dumbfounded look as I have to watch the
terrible sight of my tugboat going "Submarine" yet again.

Diving in to rescue your tugboat is what I call the perfect picture of ones devotion
for their tugboat's spirit. Really. . .you said, "Yep went swimming in September"
and ". . .wasn't that cold", took my breath away. I'm the kind of guy that thinks
my shower is too cold. . .a beautiful picture Gary. I for one am very impressed-

Oh, and I have been to "Brown Water Lake" in Olympia, Washington and
they don't call it brown water lake for nothing. Very impressed.

Very important lessons learned and shared, Gary. Thank you
Michael in Anacortes, Washington.
Yet another case of why men and women go down to the sea in ships. . .A pleasure to be here and smell the salt air. Thank you Tugboat Forum. . .Michael in Anacortes, Washington www.twotugboats.com

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Re: Model Tug Accidents and Damages Shared
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2013, 19:40:39 »
It was Lake Saint Clare east Olympia , Out in front of my friend's place, He has a dock . We were having a tug pull contest I lost and He then pulled me back to the dock , The tug turned side ways and rolled over and down she went . But what's funny is his tug followed shortly after mine about 6 feet later on the rope end.
It seems that other tugs cant hold up 21 LBS. of added weight ether .
Gary 

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Re: Model Tug Accidents and Damages Shared
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2013, 07:05:28 »
I have had a 42" Staubitz tug since 1979 which was originally built as a steam tug with electric power. Was running her on Lake Ann in Reston, VA and was rear ended by a hydro. The hydro cartwheeled into the rip rap on the shore and became toothpics. The owner took his leave rather quickly. My tug was left afloat but with a broken prop and no rudder. A local resident was kind enough to lend me his canoe to use as a salvage vessel. Still have the tug and she ran fine after a little repair.
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Re: Model Tug Accidents and Damages Shared
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2013, 07:35:45 »
A few years ago I saw a fellow in my own club take his Hydro into the wood side of the pond at speed , batteries and radio were about 15 feet up on the side . No boat parts were recognizable at all.
Gary