Haven't had any boats yet here on Unabashed Gearhead Gnarlyness. What an oversight. What's gnarly about a conveyance powered by two 16-cylinder, twin-turbocharged diesel motors pumping out about 3125 horsepower each? Everything. This here tractor tug is one gnarly boat. It's also sporting the biggest tires we've yet seen on this blog. Think about it.
Don't know why, but I always thought a tug was a relatively small vessel. When I see the picture above, there's nothing telegraphing a lot of mass sitting below the water. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw the following blueprint for the wonderful machine shown in the photo above:
What a shape! It's almost comical, isn't it? These are not the graceful proportions of a 250GTO or a 911. This is more like Panamera country. It's designed to do a focused job, and do it very well. Look at the placement of the motors, and the sweep of the bottom of the hull. Obviously carefully considered, calculated geometries. Very interesting stuff; I'm going to have to learn more about the design tradeoffs that go in to the formulation and manufacture of tractor tugs.
Many thanks to our gnarly brethren at Telstar Logistics for piquing our interest in all things aquatic, and for all these lovely photos of the tug.