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Aug 10, 2012, 12:14 AM
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Seguin Tug gaff rigging question

I have the Seguin Tug (plastic hull) modified with added steam whistle and smoke. I now want to add the cranes off the masts. I am having trouble figuring out the rigging from the end of the gaff to the mid gaff block and down the mast to the cleats.

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Aug 10, 2012, 12:23 AM
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I can get post the booms on my 10 hatch coaster if it would help..Take a look at my building log of the coaster and see if thats what you need
Aug 10, 2012, 12:56 AM
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It might be overkill but I have found Ivor Bittle's website quite useful when it comes to rigging.
Aug 10, 2012, 08:03 AM
Mmm, tugs...
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The gaffs are for steadying sails, they're not cargo booms... though they could be used that way in a pinch. I'll post images tonight...

Note that the yoke end is not pinned to the mast with a gooseneck, the entire gaff can be run up and down. There may/may not be a set of "parrels" securing the yoke.

Aug 10, 2012, 02:48 PM
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So she would sail under canvas when the conditions were right and/or steam when necessary. That explains the tall masts. Thanks.
Aug 10, 2012, 06:38 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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Here are some clips from "On the Hawser" (a great tug reference, out of print but it can be found), and from the Midwest Seguin plans.

1. You need to rig the gaff's topping lift somehow.
2.If they aren't being used for sails, but perhaps the occasional lift job, block and tackle could be rigged too.
3. All lines go down the mast and are made fast to cleats on the mast.
4. To keep the gaff from swinging side to side, guys are rigged to the tip, and made fast to either side of the boat... often through their own blocks. Sometimes a single line from the gaff, Y'd halfway up and then running to either side. An iron band with eyes should be installed on the gaff wherever lines are attached.
5. Mast stays should be positioned realistically- they can't be in the way of the gaff and sail's arc of motion.
Aug 10, 2012, 06:52 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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More... a tug with a proper lifting boom. It has a gooseneck at the mast to bear the load, and is rigged for lifting... possibly for salvage work etc.

Note the band with eyes at the tip... topping lift (raises boom tip) appears to be absent, with a fixed line instead... a pair of guys with blocks for steadying the boom underway and when in use... and the hoist line hooked to the rail on the boat deck.

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