1969 Matsumoto 17

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.

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Tugs For Sale

Tugs for sale: Buras 48, 48' - $33,500

Buras 48'

Belle Chasse, LA
Twin
Detroits
143707
Stock #
2 photos
$33,500
Brand New Listing
Year
1965
Brand
Buras
Model
48
Type
Tug
Length
48'
Hours
Not yet known
Tugs for sale: Matsumoto 17, 18' - $52,800

Matsumoto 18'

Gibsons, BC
Single
123
140298
Stock #
259 photos
1 video
$52,800
Available
Year
1969
Brand
Matsumoto
Model
17
Type
Tug
Length
18' 3"
Hours
213
Tugs for sale: Steel Tug 55 Tug Towing Vessel TD, 55' - $325,000

Steel Tug 55'

Galliano, LA
Twin
500
139168
Stock #
75 photos
$400,000
$325,000
Available
Year
1979
Brand
Steel Tug
Model
55 Tug Towing Vessel TD
Type
Tug
Length
55' 5"
Hours
Unknown
Tugs for sale: Steel Tug 53 Tug Tow Support Vessel CN, 53' - $295,000

Steel Tug 53'

Galliano, LA
Twin
300
139167
Stock #
78 photos
$320,000
$295,000
Available
Year
1974
Brand
Steel Tug
Model
53 Tug Tow Support Vessel CN
Type
Tug
Length
53' 5"
Hours
Unknown

Best Value
Per Foot

Tugs for sale: Benford 20, 20' - $14,500

Benford 20'

Mccall, ID
Single
8
091102
Stock #
11 photos
$28,000
$14,500
Available
Year
1980
Brand
Benford
Model
20
Type
Tug
Length
20'
Hours
unknown hours but lightly used
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: Steel Tug 53 Tug Tow Support Vessel CN, 53' - $295,000

Steel Tug 53'

Galliano, LA
Twin
300
139167
Stock #
78 photos
$320,000
$295,000
Available
Year
1974
Brand
Steel Tug
Model
53 Tug Tow Support Vessel CN
Type
Tug
Length
53' 5"
Hours
Unknown
Tugs for sale: Steel Tug 55 Tug Towing Vessel LC, 55' - $220,000

Steel Tug 55'

Galliano, LA
Twin
400
139166
Stock #
82 photos
$260,000
$220,000
Available
Year
1981
Brand
Steel Tug
Model
55 Tug Towing Vessel LC
Type
Tug
Length
55'
Hours
Unknown
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 49, 49' - $153,900

Universal Iron 49'

Stuart, FL
Single
800
135925
Stock #
382 photos
$211,500
$153,900
Available
Year
1963
Brand
Universal Ironworks
Model
49
Type
Tug
Length
49' 1"
Hours
40

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