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Another towing dinghy newb question

Hi All,

I have to ask, cause I know you all have the answer! After further consideration about getting an inflatable dinghy, comes the thought of the motor. The PO had a little 2 stroke Nissan mounted on the stern rails and had the dinghy in tow.

I have never seen anyone towing with the motor on the dinghy. What I decide on for motor size (2.5 hp or a 6 hp) would depend on how and where I store it. I just don't know if towing the dinghy around with the 60-90 lb motor on it is what to do. What do you do on cruises?

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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

Most people hang their small dinghy outboard on the stern rail when towing.
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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

Yes, I always remove the motor from the dink when towing. This is a big reason why I have a 2hp motor that weighs 25lbs, but it is also a big reason why I want a dink that rows well. Last summer I got so into rowing that I'd only fire up the motor if I were going farther than 2 miles in the dinghy, and that happens pretty rarely.
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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

Also a piece of gear you might want especially if you get a 4-6 hp. is a davit , Garhauer makes a nice one . On my boat I had made a motor mount that incorporated part of my boom gallow . I can use my boom to lift my dink motor . I have a 4hp Tohatsu four stroke , It's to heavy for me to lift when we are rolling around on a mooring can .

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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

I have been on charters where we towed the dinghy with the motor on. I suspect the charter service didn't want to take the chance that a bunch of dumb@@@ noob charterers are going to drop the motor in the water.
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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

I would be more inclined to leave it on an inflatable dinghy, they have a greater tendency not to drown their motors even if they've taken on some water.

it's a weather (prediction) question really. In nice weather, leave it on. the trouble is if it turns "not nice" when you didn't think it would.

Parting thought, the five possible results in descending order of okayness:
--off dinghy, safe
--on dinghy, nice weather, safe
--on dinghy, swamped and wet
--on the bottom 'cause you dropped it while trying to get it off dinghy or onto your
boat/davit
--on the bottom 'cause you tried to keep from dropping it and went for a swim in the
process (extra points if you are on the bottom too)

(that last two are much harder to fix)
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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

We NEVER tow the dink. It is the most valuable piece of cruising equipment we have; our car, tug boat and lifeboat. It is always stored on the foredeck, even on short trips in good weather, fully inflated, well secured, but easily set free if needed.
I can't possibly count the number of towed dinks that have been lost and I can't see why anyone would take the chance of losing their dink, just to save the 15 minutes or so it takes to bring it aboard and secure it. Even partially deflated to fit on deck is a better option than towing, IMO.
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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

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We NEVER tow the dink. It is the most valuable piece of cruising equipment we have; our car, tug boat and lifeboat. It is always stored on the foredeck, even on short trips in good weather, fully inflated, well secured, but easily set free if needed.
Yeah, but your 53' boat has A LOT more foredeck that the OPer's 31' boat!
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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

Never tow what you can't afford to lose.

The dink may break free, the dink may invert, a wave or wake may break over it. A swamped engine is a nuisance at best, an expensive nuisance if you need to send it out to a shop. A damned expensive nuisance if it falls off while the dink is inverted.

Something that small and light, you can always find a way to stow at the base of the base, belowdecks, or somewhere you won't trip over it, but it will be kept dry and secure.
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Re: Another towing dingie newb question

We dont tow.

We have davits for basic around the Bay stuff but any long range cruising the dinghy is on the foredeck. Worth investing in a stern pole for radar, gps, tv antannae etc. as well as motor hoist ( We have a Garhauer radar pole combo for less than 1 boat buck. The motor hoist can be disconnected and stored. when clipped in it takes less than 5 minutes toi take our 4hp (70 lb Tahatsu 4 stroke off the back rail and onto the dinghy. The motor has a haness which we keep permanenttly on it so it has no danger of being splashed to the bottom or slipping off the hoist.

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