Lugger Tug from Alabama Yard


Cummins Vessel Reference #630

Ready for launch at the Rodriguez yard.

The “Lugger” designation traces back to days when a small handy coastal vessel often carried lug-rigged sails. A modern day lugger, as used on the US Gulf of Mexico coast, is still a handy boat for working in near shore waters. On a version of the tug, designed by and currently finishing up at Rodriguez Boat Builders, a pair of Cummins Tier 2 compliant QSK19-M diesels turning four-blade stainless steel props has replaced the lugsails for propulsion.

The 67.5 by 26-foot Pere C. has a molded depth of 8.5 feet. Fitted with a pair of Pullmaster M-30-86-51 25-ton electric deck winches the model-bow tug can push a barge with the aide of a well-fendered bow-post. Typically this sort of vessel is used to service production rigs in relatively shallow waters. In addition to barged cargo, the tug has tankage for 14,000 gallons of fuel and 16,000 gallons of water. Accommodation for a crew of six is in the triple-deck aft-mounted house.

Owner of the lugger tug Pere C., Stan Cvitanocic, will take delivery of the vessel in July and it will be home ported in Venice, Louisiana.

Photos courtesy of April Harrel & Rodriguez Boat Builders

For further information:

April (Rodriguez) Harrel
Rodriguez Boat Builders
14843 Alba Ave.
Coden, Alabama 36523
Phone: 251 824 4067
E-mail: April Harrell [email protected]

Mr. Larry Neff
Cummins Mid-South Inc.
1924 E I-65 Rd N
Mobile AL 36617
Phone: 251 895 1590
E-mail: [email protected]

Alan Haig-Brown

Alan Haig-Brown

Over 30 years as an author for global commercial marine and fishing publications backed with hands-on experience on commercial fishing boats and coastal freighters makes Alan Haig-Brown uniquely qualified to provide vessel reference articles for Cummins Marine. You can find him in shipyards around the world, and on his own website,

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