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Old Oct 16, 2011, 10:59 AM
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Club members, fish tugs, and still being amazed.

About a month ago our club secretary known locally as boater_dave had a twilight run at his house. A newer member had called me for info on building a fish tug (apparently I'm the resident expert). My brother Steve and I agreed to meet him at the run and shpw him Steve's FT Kaitlyn Andrea. We took the Midwest tug plans along for him as a guide to framing.

At Thursday's meeting he brought the finished model. Last Saturday he'd done a sea trial and found the motor was heating up. After consulting with a few others he found that when he soldered the oiler tube to the stuffing tube some solder had gotten down into the tube and caused friction on the shaft. He cleaned it out and problem solved.

What still amazes me about this hobby is here is a new guy. I don't know what hobbies he had before or what skills he has. I think he did an outstanding job. From the tone of his questions before beginning construction I was sure he was biting off a big chunk.

The fish tug he modeled still works out of Racine. He talked to the owner and got some photos and info. All told this project from inception to completion I'd guess at two months.

Look at the photos at decide for yourself if on any given day a participant in this hobby can't surprise you.

The Peggy S is the newest addition to the club's fish tug fleet. In the newsletter the aforementioned boater_dave said "The California clubs can have their Springers, we get our fish tugs." I still think the fish tugs are outnumbered by lobster boats.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 01:54 PM
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I think he did an awsome job, A+.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 04:23 PM
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boater_dave said "The California clubs can have their Springers, we get our fish tugs."
I really like the fish tug style boats. One of the Irregulars has a scratch built fish tug. Your new guy did a great job!

Let's see a fish tug push in a stalled boat.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 09:13 PM
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Can do. The fish tug is just an enclosed harbor tug. Would get to the derelict faster too since it doesn't plow like a blunt nose.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 12:30 AM
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Prinz, I have talked with John a lot lately, and although he is new to rc boats, he (and his brother) are well known wood carvers. And being retired, and single, allows him a bit more time in the shop than the rest of us.
As a side note, the owner of the real boat is retiring due to his health and has made John an offer for the model. John is figuring on building another for the guy.

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Old Oct 17, 2011, 12:43 AM
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Now just being a smart a**, has anyone ever built a fish/springer (like a fishtug but on a springer hull)? It would probably look like a cinder block on a raft... LOL
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 08:29 AM
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Very nice job!
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 04:41 PM
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Boater_dave uses his PT to do rescues. I'm old school and still prefer snag & drag with my tugs.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 12:39 AM
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boater_dave said "The California clubs can have their Springers, we get our fish tugs."
I have a hull and some drawings just waiting their turn... There will be a SF bay area fish tug, someday!
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 01:55 AM
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That floating X is a great idea.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 10:40 AM
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I made a few (that one and a smaller one) for our club from 1/2" PVC pipe and fittings and slid a swim noodle over the sections for floatation and protection. The cost is minimal. Make the opening relative to the boats' beam and they are quite easy to manipulate into position. I have even used my sailboat to capture the 'X', then a dead power boat. If you have a dedicated tug for rescue efforts you can always lash the 'X' in place.
And they make fun precision steering events. You can toss them out pretty far and then have someone go retrieve the retriever!

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Old May 13, 2012, 12:35 PM
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I still works for posting.
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