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May 09, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Kamloops - lots of pine there - keeping in mind scale BC first growth!
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May 09, 2012, 11:20 AM
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Still loggin'


Thanks all for the kind words. No orchards or tree farms close by but the city recycle yard waste disposal is only a couple of miles down the road and the front end loader operator knows pretty well what I need, so sets it aside for me. Mike, yup there are a lot of pine around and dead too due to the beatle kill, but the size of the branches I need, the bark is way too rough. I'm getting there.
Norm
May 09, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Looks great Norm,
Are you going to bundle the logs?

May 09, 2012, 02:46 PM
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Hi Umi, yup, that will probably be the easiest way to retieve them providing I can get them to dump. Thought I would tie all the bundles together so that I will only have to snag one bundle with my tug and drag them all in. (all going well)
May 09, 2012, 03:06 PM
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Great looking barge! this is going to look great behind a tug (or in front of a pusher?)
May 09, 2012, 05:50 PM
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I would have thought the most fun part would be after towing the barge around and the dumping.
Then you could spend the next 40-60 minutes rounding up the bundles and loading them
back onto the barge using the cranes.

May 09, 2012, 07:06 PM
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Yeah,, right! The operating cranes will be a project somewhere down the road. When talking with Ron Burchett, he said it took his crane operator over an hour to re-load his barge. May have second thoughts on that.
May 09, 2012, 07:16 PM
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This will have to do as far as crane loading goes for now.
May 18, 2012, 06:19 PM
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Loaded???


A full load? Don't know for sure. Will have to see how well she sits in the water with this load. The full size Hercules appears to carry a higher load between the crane towers, (according to pictures) So may be adding more. All depends on the weight of these logs. Now, to tie them into bundles.
May 26, 2012, 09:21 PM
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was going through the Clubs old achive photos and found a picture for you.


shot of mid dump of Ron and his massive log barge
May 27, 2012, 12:12 AM
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I think that is from the distant past!
May 27, 2012, 01:23 AM
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Thanks for that pic. Wow, that is one massive log barge. I can just immagine how large the ballast tank is to get it to tip and dump. As mentioned before, there will be a lot of trial and error. Got my logs bundled, but when I tried to tie the bundles together to make retrieval easier, it became a nightmare trying to load them without getting them all tangled. Have 34 bundles, so after a dump, the rest of the day may be spent rounding up the bundles individually. Hope to get to the pond next week. City parks are supposed to be topping up the pond this weekend.
Norm
May 28, 2012, 01:47 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Olscuzbut
Have 34 bundles, so after a dump, the rest of the day may be spent rounding up the bundles individually.
That's when your two log tugs towing the boom come in and circle the bundles to keep them herded...
May 31, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Finally !! Sea trials.


Got the Hercules in the water for the first time. Didn't take the logs with me as it was only a test to see if the water stayed on the outside. After about 1/2 hour of dragging around the pond, hauld her out and the inside of the hull was bone dry. This is a good thing----- right?? So now I can load her up with logs and make sure she is still bone dry. Wind picked up a bit but still followed behind the tug as long as there was power on. Will start on ballast tipping tank install after next sea trial with logs.
Jun 01, 2012, 01:44 PM
r/c ships and workboats
looks good on the water!


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