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Dead in the water, drifting away, what do I do?
« on: September 12, 2013, 22:26:53 »
So, you are just beginning to feel the pleasure of watching your
two years worth of tugboat effort cruising about and obeying your every
command when - the little tugboat stops.

You push the "back up" button on your control box. . .nothing. Or, you don't
have a back up button. (I just made up the "back up button" option)
Your mind searches for some solution to what is happening; your tug is
drifting, in "Murphy's Law" fashion, away from shore and out towards
parts unknown.

You spot a fisherman down the beach and you run to him and ask if he would
cast a line out and over your tugboat so as to snag it and pull it to safety.

He is more than happy to obliged but. . .by the time he walks to the closest distance
from the wallowing craft, it is too far away for the "cast and snag" plan.

Like a window left open in the Winter, the cold fact of your not having a "back up"
plan in place cools your pleasure to about the temperature of the water your
tugboat is sleeping away in.

If only. . .a blow up Kayak. . .a car intertube. . .a wet suit. . .the neighbor and
his runabout. . .oh no - I have to swim for it.

I and others are open to all ideas towards ways to retrieve ones tugboat in
all situations. Several members live where there is only a river or salt water beach.
One, and probably many more, of the Forum members here described their
jumping in the Winter water to bring their tug back as - not that bad for November.
He of course is one of the "younger" members here. If I jumped in the water around
here, my obituary would read that I had died doing what I loved best - tugboats.

A picture of a retrieval would be so precious in this topic. . .

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: Dead in the water, drifting away, what do I do?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 06:48:46 »
So Michael,  is this a hypothetical problem, or did it actually happen?  You didn't say how you ended up.  (maybe drive over to the refinery and wait for it to drift in???) lol.   Maybe two tugs?  I have a 10 ft inflatable, but don't always have it with me.  My biggest problem is weeds fouling the props.

   Norm

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Re: Dead in the water, drifting away, what do I do?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 08:18:25 »
Thank you Norm. John and Kathy and I are still laughing at your
suggestion of just letting my tugboat drift over to the refinery
and picking it up there.

For those who don't understand, my salt water park spot is
just a mile from the Tesoro and Shell refineries across the way.

No, this hasn't happened to me, but I'm sort of a doom and gloom
guy with regards to ships and boats at sea. Just planning ahead.
Kathy said that a "check list" similar to one used each time,
for example, you took your new born baby to the beach for the day.

Weeks tangling in the props. . .double problem. Back up jet drives?

Michael
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Re: Dead in the water, drifting away, what do I do?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013, 08:19:15 »
Last year we had a fellow modeler lost his sail boat in the harbor at Cates Park . Weather he sailed out of transmitter range or battery issues .
2 days later his sail boat was found at the Chevron docks across  the water about 2 miles . His business card in side is what got him the boat back.
Probably only because of honesty of the workers.
Having your name in the vessel in open water ways is a good idea.
Gary   

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Re: Dead in the water, drifting away, what do I do?
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2013, 00:58:20 »
Hi All; I'm still in the early stages of building one of Michael's (of Anacortes) Kathy Sue tugs and have been mulling over a million things I hope to do right, but I have to say it never occured to me that when you are all done and ready to go.....make sure you have some I.D. on the boat  :)
That is MOST excellent advice ( Michael has allready advised to mount some kind of float/buoy so if your boat sinks you don't have to get out the flippers and snorkel.) Enjoying this Forum... great information. Thank you all!

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Re: Dead in the water, drifting away, what do I do?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 03:31:06 »
Hello TugPuppy,

Good to see you here. I started this topic with the idea of actually planning ahead
for my tugboat heading off to the Pacific Ocean and my frantically trying to put
together some kind of rudimentary raft to go and bring my priceless craft home.

As you read this topic's replies, several members came up to the task with solid
weapons to guard our "Retirement Vehicles" from sailing off into the sunset
without us. . .

Thank you Gary for the tip of having a sort of "Tug Tag" attached to the expensive
acclimation of our years, and months, and hours of effort. I have already began
designing a name plate of sorts that, like a "neon sign" attracts a "finder's" eye
as they exclaim, "Wow. . .look what beautiful tugboat I found. . .".

Here is a good tip for you TugPuppy, be sure to read this topic on the Forum here,
"VIC 32 - Steam Lighter".

Tiny69 has beautifully illustrated ways to create tugboat hulls and deck hardware that
are a literial gold mine of "How to" have your own shipyard of tugboat hardware no mater
the size of your build. Just click "Notify" at the top or bottom of the topic so you get a
head's up when there is another post on this super Tug Forum "How I Did It" read.

Again, good to see you here TugPuppy and Welcome Aboard,
Michael



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