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Hi. I'm not sure if I'm on the correct forum to ask this question but here it is. I am wanting to build some sort of recovery vessel for when my steam launch runs out of steam in the middle of the lake or gets tangled in weed or for whatever reason. Have any of the Members got any helpful suggestions, plans or pics that could help me with this please ? Thanks Kevin
Hi Kevin There have been several suggested methods over the years.
My own club had a device using plastic 1.5" (approx) water pipe covered in foam heating insulation. Basically two joined rectangles with open ends. The recovery tug steers into one side and moves to the stopped vessel which it collects in the other open rectangle and returns to shore.
I have also seen a tug with two pivoting extended arms on the bow controlled by a servo. The arms are closed about the stricken vessel which is then towed back to shore.
The fast racers often have a boat with some fine cord attached and anchored to the shore. The boat goes out to and circles the stranded vessel then returns to shore. The stranded boat can then be pulled back to shore.
I have been experimenting with neodium magnets embedded in the hull with more magnets embedded in the rescue boat hull which carries line anchored to the shore. This should enable both models to be recovered in the event that the stranded vessel is snagged in some way.
I'm sure other will have their own solutions and will hopefully share. Dave
A recovery vessel is a good idea but a little complex. If your boat is stuck in weeds the second boat may do the same.
A simpler solution, if the boat is not too far from shore, is a fishing pole and line. You can cast a fishing pole pretty far without much trouble. You need a liitle weight , keep in to a minimum and equip your line with a non-damaging hook. A dull treble hook with no barbs works well. Cast near and beyond the stranded vessel and work it over till it catches, then reel it in.
Hi All We tested one today using PVC conduct covered with pool noodles which is a high density foam. We used hair elastic bands to hold the recovery boat to the device which also handles different width boats. The other end is faired out to help capture the other boat also if only a push is required. The forward sections can be un pinned for transport. The test today worked well on the unrequired to be rescued tug. The PVC tubes are sealed in the T sections and the removal sections forward of the joint pins.
This is similar to the one we have in the club but the two sections are side by side with opposite open ends so you can sail along side the stricken boat to capture. Can be difficult on windy days as there is a fair amount of drag, but usually works. This does pack up to a small area so easy to transport. Dave