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Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

For the second time (in twenty years) I cut my dinghy painter with the prop on the bigger boat. I should have shortened it up before starting the motor, I didn't. I quickly realized my mistake, stopped the engine, recovered the dinghy (crew grabbed it) and anchored. Engine off in nuetral, the remaining line was just pulled free.
I've always used a floating line to secure the dink, berlieving that will keep it out of the prop. When docked, my docklines hang from pilings, straight down onto the water, not floating. They don't get in the prop, the dinghy line does. Maybe I'm doing this wrong. If the painter were nylon, it would hang staight down, mayber avoiding the prop? Or will it suck in anyway? What are your experiences?
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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

It should float or not be long enough to foul the prop.

I have two set ups. The only time I use the longer one (that can foul the prop) is when I'm towing long distances. I don't let it out until the sails are up and I'm on my way.

To the dock, about the mooring field or whatever, it's a short painter that cannot foul the prop and can double as a dock line for the dink.
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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

You should never have lines in the water around the boat when you are using the motor. It invites trouble and the fact that it has only happened twice in 20 years is amazing. Use a poly mix line for your dinghy's painter so it floats or put floatations on the line to keep it from sinking. A line that winds itself around the prop and then jams it, stalling the engine, can do damage to the drive train. You could also hit the object you are using the engine, now stalled, to avoid and in windy conditions you might do damage.

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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

Thanks.
Maybe I wasn't clear. The line does float and still got sucked into the prop. I know it should be short, that's why I stated that I forgot to do so.
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Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

Yes, I saw that but was speaking more generically. I used to cut up a noodle and place sections of it along the painter to help keep it afloat. That way it would be more difficult to run over the line, forcing it down into the prop as you back up under higher rpm's.
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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

I like the cut up noddle idea!

I have a floating painter and always shorten it when docking...that way no chance in it getting into the prop.
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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

Ditto on the floating line and shortening it. This year I added a cleat at the stern, just for the dinghy. Easy to adjust the length right from the helm.
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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

float and keep an eye on the painter. better yet, use a short bridle attached to the transom of the dinghy and hoist it so it is towed backwards, just aft of the mothership.
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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

Maybe I'll add some floats.
I guess no one has tried one that doesn't, at least since synthetic line.
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Re: Dinghy Painter: Float or Sink?

Wandering Star,
we have a dinghy painter that is not a floating line and have not yet caught it in the prop. So far we have remembered to shorten it or just been lucky!!! However we have another 14 years of sailing to catch up to you!
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