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What is a Polo Tug?

    A Polo Tug is a specially designed r/c boat for fun and games in the local pond.  It is built with a Styrofoam core laminated with 1/8" balsa wood covered with 3/4 ounce glass cloth and resin.  It is built to exact standards to allow equal competition between players.  The superstructures can be modified, speed control and props can vary, but the dimension of the hull and motor must remain the same.  Builder has the option between gear driven or direct drive.   To absorb impacts a strip of  weather stripping should be glued to the tow knees and around the guard of the hull. Clubs should designate frequencies for each member to avoid channel clashes and allow everyone to run together.


Ramboat is a Polo Tug type II built to mimic the RAM class boats of the forties and fifties built by DRAVO corp.

Game options

Balloon Tag...    Tie a balloon to the stern of the boat and tape thumb tacks to the tow knees. The last boat to have a balloon is the winner

Tug Polo...         Place a small ball in the water and have opposing goal lines   Players try to get ball across their goal.

Harbor Work... A single or team of two boats maneuver a large vessel into dock.  A five second penalty if vessel rams into dock.  The fastest time wins.

Harbor Race... Here each boat races through a course maneuvering around obstacles.  Five seconds penalty for hitting an obstacle, Fastest time wins.

Power Pull...    Weighted barges are pushed or pulled out fifty feet and return.  Boat begins at full stop and timer calls go.  Timer stops when head of boat or barge reaches starting buoy.

Breakaway Barge...  Boats battle to take possession of the barge.  The boat that  keeps barge for 20 seconds gets a point.  Five points win game.

Push'n Tug...    Two players weather to face up and push one another or tug each other on a hawser line.  The one to move the other two feet wins.


Here are two polo tugs and a Ramboat battling it out to take possession of  the barge.   This game is called Breakaway Barge





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