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Old 03-15-2012, 05:49 PM
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I used to work on tow boats for Western Kentucky Navigation on the Illinois River. That river was hard work with 600' lock chambers that were not far apart. It made you appreciate the Ohio River trips.
Tow pilots amaze me... when I see them go by and navigate those long barges, I just wonder how secure they always feel.. Truly a talent + skill. Some big turns on the illinois...from the Kanakee and Des Plaines river down to the Mississippi....
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:01 PM
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Tow pilots amaze me... when I see them go by and navigate those long barges, I just wonder how secure they always feel.. Truly a talent + skill. Some big turns on the illinois...from the Kanakee and Des Plaines river down to the Mississippi....
I was as far from a pilot as you could get. I was a deck hand in '89.

You are right though, there is a huge difference between a good pilot and a bad one. A good pilot would drive with full power between bridge piers and a bad one would slow down and get pushed around by the current and end up against a pier.

People don't realize that a full tow at just under 1200' is longer than an aircraft carrier. Combine that with some of the narrow slots they routinely put that 105' width in and they have to be good at what they do.

I'm not going to say anything about the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Not so sanitary. Down around Peoria was always nice. You got to see people having fun. The Starved Rock area was nice too.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:56 PM
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:34 PM
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Refinished the Teak and add a DIY transom saver.

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Refinished the Teak and add a DIY transom saver.

Looks great. Did you bend the teak or cut?
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:12 PM
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Bent. Soaked it for 24 hr in the bath tub. Then clamped it to the forward edge of the deck with some shims at the ends to over bend it slightly. Let it dry for a few days. It held the curve well springing back only a little bit. And actually the saver is Oak. That is what I had on hand (=free), and Teak is expensive. We’ll see how it holds up… I expect that it will be fine. Oak is a good outdoor wood, not as great as Teak but I have Oak outdoor furniture that has held up well. S
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Bent. Soaked it for 24 hr in the bath tub. Then clamped it to the forward edge of the deck with some shims at the ends to over bend it slightly. Let it dry for a few days. It held the curve well springing back only a little bit. And actually the saver is Oak. That is what I had on hand (=free), and Teak is expensive. We’ll see how it holds up… I expect that it will be fine. Oak is a good outdoor wood, not as great as Teak but I have Oak outdoor furniture that has held up well. S
Great job. Thanks for the tip.
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