Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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tow dingy with outboard?
A decision to tow the inflatable with engine mounted or not, depends upon sea conditions & length of passage. Our engine is always removed while at the marina and stays off until we reach our destination. If we are living aboard for an extended weekend in Narragansett Bay, taking short hops from our marina to an overnight mooring, anchorage or daytime gunkhole, once mounted, the outboard stays on the inflatable.
We have noticed however, that the outboard creates added weight resistance & drag when sailing. If the hassle of removing and remounting the engine is considered worthwhile, remove the engine to gain the extra half knot or so.
When making extended cruises offshore, we always remove & secure the engine. If seas become very rough, the inflatable is lifted & secured onboard as well.