There is a reeeaaally old tug in the Marina over the hill from me. I met the owner and talked about his ummm, project
... Mate, what a project
. She's a rust bucket with much of the steel
work rusted to thin egg shell material. anyways, that's another story. The story I have is that this thing is direct drive engine to shaft/prop. No gearbox
, so no easy fwd/rev. It is one of those old engines that will run either direction. So when he brings this vessel into the wharf, he has to time it just right to work out when to stop. To stop he has to steer in the direction he wants to go, run down from the wheel
house to the engine room below, stop the engine and then start it again in reverse, run back up to the wheel
house and hope like hell he timed it all correctly. It is definatly a two person boat. One steering
and one in the engine room I think. But he had been doing this on his own. Maybe it has changed by now, not sure. But so far all docks are still standing, so he must be doing OK.