An “Off My Chest” regarding flanking rudders.

Off My Chest: The fact that a tug has flanking rudders does NOT mean that you MUST use them for EVERY maneuver! Flanking rudders are great to have in many situations, but do you need to use them for docking the boat? NO. Do you need to use them for simply landing a small barge against a pier with no current and only a light breeze? NO. If you do these things, you’re the workboat equivalent of yachtie who uses his bow thruster constantly and unnecessarily JUST BECAUSE IT’S THERE.

In closing, flanking rudders allow boats to walk in ways that boats without them cannot, and to apply full backing bell on both engines while steering by directing thrust, which tugs without flanking rudders cannot do, but there are a great many maneuvers which can be done perfectly without using the flankers by anyone who’s competent at handling a twin screw tug. Goddamn.



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One thought on “An “Off My Chest” regarding flanking rudders.

  • July 17, 2020 at 2:02 am
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    >yachtie who uses his bow thruster constantly

    A good yachtsman prides themselves on being able to execute simple and complex maneuvers with ease and certainly without the assistance of something so barbaric as a bow thruster. God forbid anyone think you had any concern for life and limb of those around you. *sips scotch*

    >apply full backing bell on both engines while steering by directing thrust

    As an engineer, this makes me want to cry. *drinks beer*

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