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Old 02-12-2014, 10:42 PM   #1
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Herd of Tugs?

Is it a herd of tugs?
Maybe a gaggle of tugs?
How about a flock tugs?

Whatever you would call it, I was quietly kayaking on Monday in the pelican bay anchorage which is on the NW end of Cayo Costa (Barrier island off of Charlotte Harbor FL), when a parade of tugs entered the anchorage.

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Before I knew it, I was surrounded by a herd of angry tugs. Well actually there were about a dozen brightly colored and painstakingly detailed tugs that anchored close by my trawler.

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Apparently the Ranger tugs were having a rendezvous near Port Charlotte and had come down to Pelican Bay to over night. I believe they were all 26s and had come from all parts far and wide. The organizer was from Rhode Island, and at least one of the tugs had come from the Pacific Northwest. Having a trailerable trawler has it's advantages.

Sorry the pics weren't better. Photography from a rolling kayak isn't as easy as you might think.

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:17 PM   #2
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Most of our "herd."

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:18 PM   #3
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:51 PM   #5
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Ted, that is one of my favorite anchorages. Great cruising in that area.
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Last summer when cruising north of Nanaimo a herd of about 56 Rangers passed us. It was a real pain as they were staggered over a 10 mile length doing about 4 knots faster than us so we were waked for about 2 hours. It was hilarious to listen to them on the radio talking about lack of charts, bad chart chips and cheap booze. They headed into Comox thank God so we finally got a little peace.

I must say they are passionate about their parties.
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Last summer when cruising north of Nanaimo a herd of about 56 Rangers passed us. It was a real pain as they were staggered over a 10 mile length doing about 4 knots faster than us so we were waked for about 2 hours. It was hilarious to listen to them on the radio talking about lack of charts, bad chart chips and cheap booze. They headed into Comox thank God so we finally got a little peace.

I must say they are passionate about their parties.
Isn't that the old, sage advice...
"Buy the smallest boat you can live with...spend the rest on parties and booze"
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Ted, that is one of my favorite anchorages. Great cruising in that area.
Don, definitely one of my favorites! Really enjoying this area! Too bad I have to head North April 1st. Coming back in November for 6 months this Fall.


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Moonstruck. We were on a buoy in Nanaimo when they came thru, quite a sight. Must have been a logistics nightmare. I think they travelled together until Gorge Hbr, then either headed south, or ventured on their own. Those boats have been a big seller.
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Invited aboard one at our club. The attention to detail is the best I've ever seen. The layout is well thought out with every inch being utilized. Never seen such perfection in construction in any sized boat. I guess that's why they ain't cheap.
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Why they insist on the RED/GREEN plastic screen boards for their navlights is beyond me except for the uninformed buyer...bugs me that a factory is ignoring the NAVRULES...

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Makes me wonder about their overall mentality and rules....
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Invited aboard one at our club. The attention to detail is the best I've ever seen. The layout is well thought out with every inch being utilized. Never seen such perfection in construction in any sized boat. I guess that's why they ain't cheap.
Really? A few years back I was aboard a 29 with my then 10 year old son. He was crawling around in the cockpit and looked up at the hull to deck joint. With the political correctness of a ten year old he announced loudly in front of the crowd "Hey Dad! Look how crappy they finish off the parts of the boat you can't see!"
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Personally, I like the Rangers. They are sharp little boats and very well equipped from the factory. One of sales reps told me they are garmin marines biggest customer. I have my eye on a 21 to use as a launch/tender and a fishing platform. I dont have any doubts about their seaworthiness or their 'drivetrain' reliability. But as I examined all the swiss army like features of the 25's and up (folding counters, chairs, settees, seats, cabinets, plexiglass shower enclosures, etc), I couldnt help but wonder what the result of a steady 2 hour pounding across the Strait of Georgia would have on all those little brass and SS hinges embedded in fiberglass and wood. I'm sure none of them are 'abused' like that, but I would want my boat to at least be able to endure that kind of beating if it had to and survive unscathed.
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Really? A few years back I was aboard a 29 with my then 10 year old son. He was crawling around in the cockpit and looked up at the hull to deck joint. With the political correctness of a ten year old he announced loudly in front of the crowd "Hey Dad! Look how crappy they finish off the parts of the boat you can't see!"
I feel the same way, we went on a couple, lots of cool things to break. Imagine forgetting to fold in the seat that folds out, on the side of the cockpit, and then pulling out of the dock and ripping it off, ouch!
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Personally, I like the Rangers. They are sharp little boats and very well equipped from the factory. One of sales reps told me they are garmin marines biggest customer. I have my eye on a 21 to use as a launch/tender and a fishing platform. I dont have any doubts about their seaworthiness or their 'drivetrain' reliability. But as I examined all the swiss army like features of the 25's and up (folding counters, chairs, settees, seats, cabinets, plexiglass shower enclosures, etc), I couldnt help but wonder what the result of a steady 2 hour pounding across the Strait of Georgia would have on all those little brass and SS hinges embedded in fiberglass and wood. I'm sure none of them are 'abused' like that, but I would want my boat to at least be able to endure that kind of beating if it had to and survive unscathed.
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Why they insist on the RED/GREEN plastic screen boards for their navlights is beyond me except for the uninformed buyer...bugs me that a factory is ignoring the NAVRULES...

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Makes me wonder about their overall mentality and rules....
I don't see the problem in outfitting your boat to a higher level than the minimum required by the Navrules. Would it be wrong a boat under 12M in length equipped with a bell? How about a small boat with a loud horn? An inland waters boat equipped with flares?

I say kudos to those who go the extra measure beyond the minimum requirements.
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Back to the OP question.
"Flotilla of Tugs" is the obvious. In light of the odd words coined for aggregations, eg. "a murder of crows", how about a "pull of tugs"?
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I don't see the problem in outfitting your boat to a higher level than the minimum required by the Navrules. Would it be wrong a boat under 12M in length equipped with a bell? How about a small boat with a loud horn? An inland waters boat equipped with flares?

I say kudos to those who go the extra measure beyond the minimum requirements.
You missed the point..flat black paint (as required by the USCG) to keep reflected light down and avoid confusing the required light sectors...
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Back to the OP question.
"Flotilla of Tugs" is the obvious. In light of the odd words coined for aggregations, eg. "a murder of crows", how about a "pull of tugs"?
Or a "tow of tugs"?
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