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Jess P
01-05-2004, 03:24 AM
I am thinking about Designing and building my own 16 foot mini tug. Instead of running an inboard I was going to put in a motor well and run and small outboard. I have thought about putting in an inboard but it seems so much more complicated than an outboard. I have never designed a boat much less built one. Not built one to speak of anyways. I have alot of good ideas for it but I'm not sure how to get started. Any suggestions? Jess

Todd Bradshaw
01-05-2004, 05:05 AM
Start here. Even if you design your own there are a lot of cool things to look at on these pages and their links.
http://aslocke.home.mindspring.com/welcome.html

paladin
01-05-2004, 08:50 AM
Jay Benford has a nice 14 foot tug yacht "Grivit" so why not send for the study plans, then see about spacing the frames a few inches to make it 16 feet....and it will have a 7 foot beam...and you can use a small 7-10 hp motor......

garland reese
01-05-2004, 09:17 AM
Sam Devlin just did a 16 foot version of his 22 Foot Godzilla tug. It (the 16 footer)is designed around an outboard motor in a well

Devlin's Godzilli (http://www.devlinboat.com/dcgodzilli.htm)

http://www.devlinboat.com/godzilli.gif

Garland

htom
01-05-2004, 02:09 PM
Phil Bolger's done a couple of outboard powered mini tugs, too.

RonW
01-05-2004, 03:31 PM
First of all get a set of prints.
www,glen-l.com look at the sherwood queen and the bo-jest, both have outboards. You can go to the picture section from builders and look at a lot of pictures of these boats that have been built.shopping is half the fun.

John E Hardiman
01-06-2004, 10:20 AM
Jess, noticing where you're from, are you thinking "mini-tug" (cute) or "log bronc" (working). VERY different critters!

http://www.logbronc.com/images/broncrane.gif

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Wild Dingo
01-06-2004, 10:48 AM
Originally posted by John E Hardiman:
Jess, noticing where you're from, are you thinking "mini-tug" (cute) or "log bronc" (working). VERY different critters!

http://www.logbronc.com/images/broncrane.gifOkay John splain that thing under her bum would yer? looks like something stuck in a cage! :eek:

htom
01-06-2004, 12:34 PM
In the front, I think it's a prop of some sort. In the back ... I think this is one of those "working craft" that's a real tug boat, even if very small.

"Hawkeye" and "Microtrawler" were the two Bolger craft I was thinking of. They -look- like tugs when they're sitting there.

capt jake
01-06-2004, 12:46 PM
Kind of a tug design. Take a look at this. Hilda 16 (http://www.johnsboatstuff.com/Boat%20Designs/Hilda%2016/hilda_16.htm)

Or there is Bo Jest. Bo Jest (http://www.glen-l.com/designs/cruiser/bojest.html)

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fishing fool
01-06-2004, 01:26 PM
I believe the photo is of a Sidewinder.
and the screw is caged so the whole vessel can jump over the boom sticks if neccessary.
I know as my father worked on a larger mill tug that had this capa bility.

John E Hardiman
01-06-2004, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by fishing fool:
I believe the photo is of a Sidewinder.
and the screw is caged so the whole vessel can jump over the boom sticks if neccessary.
Yep; and Dingo, the twin skegs in the back are to keep you going straight as the prop tries to spin and roll the hull. The photo is from the people that make the " LogBronc (http://www.logbronc.com) " (tm)....(is that sorta like "picnic launch" ).... ;)

Donn
01-06-2004, 04:17 PM
The Boomin' Beaver! Looks like something Smalser could use. :D

http://www.logbronc.com/images/chuck.gif

Jess Potter
01-10-2004, 11:58 AM
OK so what I want is this.
I am looking for a tug style boat about 16 or 18 foot. Something that I could build in a couple of months(steadily working on it) I want to be able to take to Valdez Halibut fishing but is has to be trailerable. SO hopefully this may help.Jess

paladin
01-10-2004, 12:40 PM
in my very humble opinion Valdez waters izzint the best place for a very light (traierable) flat bottom boat.....I think I would like a heavier "displacement" type maybe with a little ballast. You could do about 18 feet full displacement and use something like a 8-12 hp yanmar.......better than an outboard in those waters....and you can plumb in a recirculating hot water heater...at one time I owned an aviation electronics firm up there and I sure wouldn't want to ditch an airplane offshore ...I still carry my ice suits everywhere...

capt jake
01-10-2004, 01:13 PM
Dipper (http://www.devlinboat.com/dcdipper.htm)

A Devlin design. Maybe this???
http://www.devlinboat.com/dipper1.jpg

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Banjo
01-10-2004, 05:43 PM
The Boomin' Beaver Looks like a water tank with a pilot house on it! smile.gif

Banjo.

Todd Bradshaw
01-10-2004, 06:25 PM
An 18' trailerable, seaworthy fishing boat with an outboard in the well and which is a reasonably straightforward building process sounds like a Simmon's Sea Skiff to me.

Nicholas Carey
01-11-2004, 02:35 AM
Originally posted by Todd Bradshaw:
An 18' trailerable, seaworthy fishing boat with an outboard in the well and which is a reasonably straightforward building process sounds like a Simmon's Sea Skiff to me.and Jess Potter said:
OK so what I want is this.
I am looking for a tug style boat about 16 or 18 foot. Something that I could build in a couple of months(steadily working on it) I want to be able to take to Valdez Halibut fishing but is has to be trailerable.The problem is that a small, tug-style boat isn't an open water boat, due to its design. It's an inshore craft, however salty it may look.

Try Renn Tolman's Alaskan Skiff, something intended for the very use you describe (and popular with commercial fisherman in the area of your intended use).

http://www.xyz.net/~mgrt/Images/Cy's%20skiff%20scan

http://www.nas.com/boat/images/cabin_2.jpg

Renn Tolman's web site: http://www.xyz.net/~mgrt/

and contact information:

Renn Tolman
P.O. Box 1343
Homer, AK 99603

mgrt@xyz.net

More information at

Licenced builder: http://www.nas.com/boat/
Mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tolmanskiff/join
Fans: http://www.fishyfish.com/tolmanskiff.htm

Steve Redmond
01-15-2004, 03:42 PM
In one of the very earliest Small Boat Journals (1979?) back when it had a big format, I believe Tom MacNaughton had a beautiful little tug with round stern. I'd get in touch with Tom and ask him. I beleive it was ply construction and about 16 feet long.

Steve Redmond
www.sredmond.com (http://www.sredmond.com)

RonW
01-15-2004, 06:58 PM
I'll say it again.

http://www.glen-l.com/designs/outboard/sherwoodqueen.html

15&1/2 ft. mini tug with pilot house and outboard in well, very easy to build and tow.

chesterm
01-15-2004, 09:51 PM
You should also take a look through www.dngoodchild.com (http://www.dngoodchild.com) for tugs. there are a few nice vinatage ones there. www.boatdesigns.com (http://www.boatdesigns.com) may also have some. Enjoy!, Mitchell in CT

imported_DutchRub
01-21-2004, 10:11 AM
....an outfit in California called Berkely Engineering used to sell plans out of wooden boat mag. I got some for a customer a while back- they are flat bottom- not real tug shaped below the water line but look fine above-look very simple to build and use an outboard motor- check them out.

htom
05-23-2004, 11:26 AM
bump
limp

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