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post #19 of Old 09-17-2011
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MY two cents:
We had three connection points on the dinghy when we used to tow it. We used one of those Y shaped towlines connected to the two outside connection points, and a single straight painter on the bow of the dinghy. We connected each to different cleats on the 'mother ship.' This way, we had redundancy if anything broke.

Normally, we adjusted the two painters so it the dinghy traveled in a 'quiet' spot behind the boat. When we didn't anticipate that it would get rough but it did, we let out enough line so that the dinghy stayed about one wavelength behind us. There was less jerking that way.

When it was time to drop anchor, or come into a slip, we tightened the painters so the dinghy was snug to the back of the boat. We learned this the hard way, after backing down and catching the painter in the prop.

Now we have dinghy davits - but when we're making a longer or a rough passage, we lash the dinghy to the foredeck.

It's usually not a good idea to tow your dinghy with the dinghy engine attached - especially on a hard bottomed dinghy. Take the time to stow the dinghy engine. It takes a lot longer to repair it. (Learned this one the hard way, too.)

Saltwater Suzi and Cap'n Larry

"A sailboat is a fickle mistress. You’ve got to buy her things. You’ve got to understand everything about her. What you don’t know she’ll use against you." -Captain Larry

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