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.... 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. ...
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..
i would expect that vessel to have twice your displacement and far more drag....while you could tow it, I would not have offered to in your circumstances. It would be a very slow and difficult tow. This circumstance is s what SeaTow is for.
If you are not comfortable with a potential tow, don't take it on.
If you are going to tow a boat in a situation requiring manoeuvrings, such as into a marina, you need to switch to side-by-side, preferably them on your port beam. If possible, better to drop them at the end of the dock, or on an open mooring.
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