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04-18-2006 10:39 PM
sailingdog Thanks for that... I couldn't remember what it was called...
04-18-2006 10:02 PM
yachtvalhalla Here's what Sailingdog referred to:

04-18-2006 10:20 AM
Faster If towing the dinghy with the motor on it is required because you have no decent place to store the outboard on your boat, then lash the motor to the floor of the dinghy. This keeps the bow down, eliminates the extra drag of the motor itself, and lowers the center of gravity to discourage flipping over.
We never tow the dinghy with the motor on, but it's easy to lift our 2hp up onto the stern pulpit. Our inflatable flipped on us once in 25 knots of breeze, and promptly suctioned itself to the sea and stopped. Our 40 foot sloop kept on going and ripped the towing eye clean off the bow of the dinghy. Since then we tow it close in without the motor or anything else that isn't lashed down.
04-17-2006 07:23 PM
sailingdog One good way to tow a dinghy with the outboard still on it is to use a hoist to lift the stern of the dinghy out of the water, and leave just the bow floating. Some one makes a device that does exactly this, but I don't remember what it is called. It was mentioned in one of the Good Old Boat magazines from last year.
04-17-2006 01:12 PM
Tow a dinghy with OB motor on

I'm just wondering whether somebody will finally present an impossible argument for having the dinghy WITH the OB motor trailing behind the cruising boat (as if towing the dinghy itself does not pose enough problems)! I, for myself, do not know anybody that has not at least once in his sailing life regretted having the dinghy at tow because of the short passage involved and the calm waters he was sailing in. The problem with the water is that you learn your lessons always the hard way.
03-13-2006 08:17 PM
sailnaway We towed our dink bow down and the stern pulled against a fender it rode fine, motor off. Kind of a hinge like affair worked even offshore.Then we were in the Mississippi sound and a summer squall caught us at dark. The dink was slammed up and down by waves that reached ten feet in five minutes. The dink slammed the boat a dozen times before we could cut it free and get it away from us while the lightning danced on the water around us. Damaged the dink and tore the hell out of the transom.A friend towed his inflatable with a tow bridle for two hundred miles and it cost him about two hundred dollars so at a hundred dollars every hundred miles, I want mine on deck if I can it up their. It is a drag they take up space you need to sun yourself work the deck and hold a dance but they are not cheep. Another time we arrived three days after making a crossing and when we got ready to board the dink it stunk like death. The boat was full of flying fish dead stinking rotting in the sun Flying Fish. So I have gotten away with it a few times and then I have lost a few times I guess it depends on what your willing to take a chance on. The motor on is just asking for Neptune to snatch that critter as a trinket.
02-08-2006 01:18 PM
tow dingy with outboard?

I just got around to reading my Sept issue of Sail. A story in that issue demonstrates why the dinghy should never be towed with motor attached. The unexpected is always upon us and it happens fast.
01-27-2006 12:46 AM
tow dingy with outboard?


I have towed both inflatables and hard dinghys. I have a 32 foot ketch so removing a 15HP engine was never a problem .. the mizzen boom was used to transfer the engine.

I had an inflatable flip over between Oahu and Maui, Hawaii. After bringing it alongside it was VERY difficult to lift it up since a vacuum had been created inside while towing it upside down. I pushed the drain plug in and it popped up out of the water! I then learned to tow it very close to the transom on the lee side when going upwind (where it never flipped) and to let it out to the first major wave behind when off the wind. It sometimes tried to outrun me going down wave and wind but that could be correctecd by adjusting the length of the towing line. I found the reduction of boat speed as others have said .. up to 1/2 knot.

I now have a hard dinghy which I tow and have had it in 25 kt wind/12 ft seas on a beam reach and it rode nicely back there. I have also gone to a smaller engine (3HP Yamaha) which is easy to transfer without the boom. My boat speed is reduced less than 1/2 knot which is acceptable for short passages.

For extended passages I bring the dink aboard (it''s a nesting one) then it doesn''t interfere with the towing generator, I gain the extra speed and lose concern of what''s happening to it, especially at night.
01-22-2006 10:24 AM
tow dingy with outboard?

I never leave the motor on if towing as I have flipped the dinghy. All it would take is a big wake on a calm day and you are out a motor.
01-21-2006 05:03 PM
tow dingy with outboard?

We have a 10'' inflatable towed behind a O''Day 28. My engine was a 5 HP Mercury, long shaft. The drag was unacceptable when sailing (.5knot+). We are Maine coast cruisers but the weight of the engine (abt 50 lbs) was unsafe to muscle to/from the stern rail engine mount every time we stopped. Two of us with the same issue simply swapped out our heavy outboards for the 2 HP air-cooled Honda (22 lbs as I remember). It still propels two couples easily and is much easier and safer to transfer back and forth. -Ron
s/v Wild Flower
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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