I respectfully suggest you think about that for a second. How can towing something not slow you down?? And if there was so little stress on the dinghy, how is it that so many are lost or discovered floating at sea minus their D-rings? I personally have lost one and my father alone has found 2 at sea in the last 5 years.
My boat cruises at 7-8 knots; when I have to tow the dinghy it's more like 6-7 knots and there is no way I can pull the dinghy towards the boat by hand at that speed.
Well, towing a dinghy so that it is in the same position relative to the waves as the mothership puts a lot less strain on the dinghy hardware...but a lot of people don't do it. It will still cause drag, but it won't put as much stress on the dinghy.
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