Towing and Recovery

I have added this section due to the popularity of using the Vac-U-Tug Jr. as a tow boat to set marks for sailing and more recently as a recovery boat. Consider this section when designing your recovery craft.

This is a showcase of general towing theory as well as examples of recovery rigging that works for different kinds of craft you want to recover with the Vac-U-Tug Junior. Submit your own working solution to your club's towing or recovery needs.

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General Towing Theory.

A demonstration of three points of contact on the tug for towing and their affect on the tug's maneuverability.

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Sailing Marks 

Easy and inexpensive to make yet are rugged enough to last several seasons. See how ODOM ATLANTA uses these.

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Recovering a Victoria Sail Boat.

An effective catch bracket that uses the side stay to hold the tug and sail boat together.

 

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Recovering a Soling 1 Meter.

With a prototype power upgrade, the Vac-U-Tug Jr. can wrestle a Ten Pound Soling 1M.

Tug Motor Upgrade Kit shown. 

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Recovering an EC-12 & CR-914

Damian has another idea on a versatile recovery arm for the tug. He installed the Tug Motor Upgrade kit to handle the larger boats.

 

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Recovering a Sea Plane!

A whole new market for R/C Scale towing services!

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Recovering an ODOM Sail Boat.

After setting your marks, your tug can serve double-duty as a recovery craft with this bracket. The initial testing went well. Difficult to turn in one direction. Tug could use a little more power. 

 

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Texas Longhorn Lid

 Designed by Jim in Wisconsin. Slips over the cabin to recover Kyosho Sea Dolphins. 

 

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Boat In A Box

Nice way to transport your tug from Michael M. 

 

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Retractable Arms 

Retractable tow arms for sail boat recovery. Just an idea...

 

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Towing Fast Electrics & Scale Boats. TowTennis1.jpg (57813 bytes)
Ultimate Rescue Tug from Edgar in Puerto Rico. Here are some photos of the recovery of his 1/8 scale Miss Budweiser. Made from an aluminum frame covered with swimming noodles.    
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