Originally Posted by codprawn
Well found. Would love to see your videos Alex - just love big engines!!!
That Froggy tug is pretty powerful - over 12,000hp.
Yes it is USUALLY nicer to hear the background noise but in this case the music fits the scene perfectly - well done for finding the track Jimbo - it's great - hadn't heard of them before - very Clannad like.
Sorry, no engine sound on that one cos the mic was in the wheelhouse with me unfortunately, and I haven't worked out how to bleep people out yet
It's not exactly the same as towing alongside which is sometimes better, but in this case we set 4 lines aft - 2 over the hook which stops our stern from going from side to side, and then there are 2 longer lines which go from our midships point to the midships bollards on the tow. To ensure they're as tight as possible, I move our boat over a few degrees so the slack is taken up and then the same is applied on the otherside. Even when they look tight here, as the strain is taken you always get some extra slack whether you like it or not. Some of the other tugs on the haven have flashy hydraulic winches with steel cable which holds things nice and rigid.
The trick is just to make a nice and long boat and to minimise the twisting between the two craft which allows for better steerage. Since the tug I drive in this is a voith, we can correct the course of the tow very easily and efficiently with minimal effort and power. This job was completed at about 30% power on the revs, with probably max 60% thrust through the voith - add a good wind into that and you don't really have to apply much more, just plan ahead better and use the weights of the two craft to help you out
Currently on 56k (well, it would be if BT hadn't put this line on dacs
) after an electric storm took out the phoneline that has the adsl on it. When it comes back (in a week or so according to BT) I'll get some more vids done, including the 2006 year video.