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Old 29 October 2006, 10:54   #11
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Marknj,
think the Captain knows what he's doing
He helms the "California" twice a week and has out manouvered and run rings around all- comers in the Cannon battles we have.
Problem is the "Surprise" was bought as a static exhibit and squeezed in as the photo below shows. It is after a year or so of re-fitting to the USCG standards that they are going to take her out for the first time.
So,many thanks for all the interesting ideas and will let you know how it goes,
cheers Dal
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Old 29 October 2006, 18:35   #12
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Little inflatables are used very regularly by tallships to assist with berthing and unberthing.

However, most don't have rigid hulls, and therefore wouldn't be risking a parting of tube and hull right at the bow with the pushing. Those that do have rigid hulls though seem to have large tyres strapped around the bow to spread the load....

When it came in this summer, I used our small dory at work with a 40hp engine to assist with the berthing of Dunbrody at the dock.


With the correct positioning, a small boat can handle a much bigger boat without a problem at all..... what you will find though is that if you are pulling the boat away from the wall, you will need to be a bit of a distance away from the vessel or your own wash will be just pushing against the hull of the boat you are trying to move, which is why it'd be far better to push.
The other week in a gale, we had to pull a large ketch just a little bit smaller than the one you're looking to move away from a wall at the top end of the dock.... the dory tried with no success, and even when I had the tug attached, I was nearly at full weight (about 3.5ton pull) before the boat started to come in my direction.

To be honest though, I wouldn't use the rib in that situation cos you "could" cause damage to it - it may be better to see if there's a small harbour launch around to assist the boat with coming away from the wall. If you're not sure, it's always best to ask for more help

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Old 29 October 2006, 21:20   #13
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Alex,
many thanks! Great to have someone experienced who has done this
We have the Museums pilot boat to do most of the "grunt work".
The RIB idea was to give her bow a gentle nudge if she was offcourse.
The rubbing strake on the XS is pretty hefty ,but I take your point on the possible damage.
Luckily we are in sheltered waters with usually the wind being weak and blowing from stern to bow.
cheers Dal
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We have used RIBs for this purpose a number of times when positioning boats for a movie - 90hp will be plenty - just beware of overdoing it and make sure you can comunicate with the skipper at all times - he is the one in charge and don't rely on just making a plan before hand - things change very quickly!
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