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Old 12-19-2011
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Towing A Boat

A few days ago I was coming into the harbor and heard a guy calling the CG on the VHF for help. He was 1 mile out into the ocean from me and had leaked all his engine oil out and had no replacement oil on board. Apparently he had fixed the leak and wanted some oil. Boat was dead in the water with sea anchor out. His boat was about a 35 foot offshore fishing boat. I told CG I had some oil and would head his way. On the way out found I only had 1 qt- not enough to refill. There was also one other boat in the area so I went by and asked if they had some oil. This boat did not have oil but offered to tow them in (this boat was about a 40 foot commercial fishing boat). There were no other boats in the area and it was near sundown so this man was happy to get some assitance. He was towed in by the commercial boat.

Question: Could I tow a 35 foot off shore fishing boat with my 15,000 lb, 34 foot sail boat with a 20 hp diesel? Seas were 3 foot wind swell with an 8 foot ground swell running.
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