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Tug
Boats for Sale

A tugboat (tug) is a boat that maneuvers vessels by pushing or towing them. Tugs move vessels that either should not move themselves, such as ships in a crowded harbor or a narrow canal, or those that cannot move by themselves, such as barges, disabled ships, log rafts, or oil platforms. Tugboats are powerful for their size and strongly built, and some are ocean-going. Some tugboats serve as icebreakers or salvage boats. Early tugboats had steam engines, but today most have diesel engines. Many tugboats have firefighting monitors, allowing them to assist in firefighting, especially in harbors.
Tugboat engines typically produce 500 to 2,500 kW (~ 680 to 3,400 hp), but larger boats (used in deep waters) can have power ratings up to 20,000 kW (~ 27,200 hp) and usually have an extreme power:tonnage-ratio (normal cargo and passenger ships have a P:T-ratio (in kW:GRT) of 0.35 to 1.20, whereas large tugs typically are 2.20 to 4.50 and small harbour-tugs 4.0 to 9.5). The engines are often the same as those used in railroad locomotives, but typically drive the propeller mechanically instead of converting the engine output to power electric motors, as is common for diesel-electric locomotives. For safety, tugboats' engines often feature two of each critical part for redundancy.

A tugboat's power is typically stated by its engine's horsepower and its overall bollard pull. Tugboats are highly maneuverable, and various propulsion systems have been developed to increase maneuverability and increase safety.

Recently Listed
Tugs For Sale

Tugs for sale: Maine Iron Works Maine Iron Works 111, 111' - $750,000

Maine Iron Wor 111'

Kingston, JM
Twin
2,000
133232
Stock #
31 photos
$750,000
Brand New Listing
Year
1972
Brand
Maine Iron Works
Model
Maine Iron Works 111
Type
Tug
Length
111'
Hours
Not yet known
Tugs for sale: RTC Shipbuilding 62, 70' - $175,000

RTC Shipbuildi 70'

Baltimore, MD
Twin
455
105544
Stock #
155 photos
$205,600
$175,000
Available
Year
1951
Brand
RTC Shipbuilding
Model
62
Type
Tug
Length
70'
Hours
Unknown
Tugs for sale: Universal Ironworks 94, 102' - $150,000

Universal Iron 102'

Belford, NJ
Twin
583
105845
Stock #
170 photos
1 video
$305,600
$150,000
Available
Year
1973
Brand
Universal Ironworks
Model
94
Type
Tug
Length
102'
Hours
Unknown
Tugs for sale: San Diego Marine 85, 85' - $111,200

San Diego Mari 85'

Orcas, WA
Single
320
105074
Stock #
101 photos
$111,200
Available
Year
1926
Brand
San Diego Marine
Model
85
Type
Tug
Length
85' 3"
Hours
Unknown

Best Value
Per Foot

Tugs for sale: Universal Ironworks 94, 102' - $150,000

Universal Iron 102'

Belford, NJ
Twin
583
105845
Stock #
170 photos
1 video
$305,600
$150,000
Available
Year
1973
Brand
Universal Ironworks
Model
94
Type
Tug
Length
102'
Hours
Unknown
Tugs for sale: San Diego Marine 85, 85' - $111,200

San Diego Mari 85'

Orcas, WA
Single
320
105074
Stock #
101 photos
$111,200
Available
Year
1926
Brand
San Diego Marine
Model
85
Type
Tug
Length
85' 3"
Hours
Unknown
Tugs for sale: MTL Marine 36, 36' - $27,800

MTL Marine 36'

Kingston, NY
Single
190
097991
Stock #
4 photos
$27,800
Available
Year
1940
Brand
MTL Marine
Model
36
Type
Tug
Length
36'
Hours
Unknown
Tugs for sale: Benford 20, 20' - $15,000

Benford 20'

Mccall, ID
Single
8
091102
Stock #
11 photos
$28,000
$15,000
Available
Year
1980
Brand
Benford
Model
20
Type
Tug
Length
20'
Hours
unknown hours but lightly used
Tugs for sale: Maine Iron Works Maine Iron Works 111, 111' - $750,000

Maine Iron Wor 111'

Kingston, JM
Twin
2,000
133232
Stock #
31 photos
$750,000
Brand New Listing
Year
1972
Brand
Maine Iron Works
Model
Maine Iron Works 111
Type
Tug
Length
111'
Hours
Not yet known
Tugs for sale: RTC Shipbuilding 62, 70' - $175,000

RTC Shipbuildi 70'

Baltimore, MD
Twin
455
105544
Stock #
155 photos
$205,600
$175,000
Available
Year
1951
Brand
RTC Shipbuilding
Model
62
Type
Tug
Length
70'
Hours
Unknown

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