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Dad,

Yep, during vacations. I was in the Foreign Service for 23 years, and we got a 2-month home leave every 2 years. My home leave address was St. Thomas. So, most home leaves we just chartered a boat for a couple of months, loaded the kids aboard, and had a ball.

Kids all love sailing. Son Steve just bought a 42' sloop on the Chesapeake, to enjoy with his wife and daughter!

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Check out the Maine pix under Bill's Albums.

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Good for you.

Water changes people, kids especially. I would not say everyone fits in, but it will change even them (even if to assure them never to go to sea again!!). Best people I have ever met have been cruising friends. Many of them not even form this country.

I bet you have a million stories like that, huh?

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You're right. Cruising folks everywhere are very special.

So, too, are those from other lands. I've been lucky enough to have served in many countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and to have traveled and worked in many others.

What I've found -- everywhere -- was friendly people just wanting a little respect and consideration. Most have far less than we, some appalingly less, but they are basically kind and generous and....believe it or not...they like Americans very much, despite the headlines.

One hopes that we'll be able to win back their respect soon.

Bill

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Well... I just lost a lot of respect for you Bill....anyone can be against Bush or for him or Dem or Repub...but that was a gratuitous and uncouth backhanded slap in a discussion that had nothing to do with politics. Our politics are 180 degrees apart I am sure...but I would honestly say (in my private role and not as a moderator) that I really found it surprising to read youe name on that post.
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Cam...

Sorry you feel that way. You're right, it was probably over the top. And, I admit, I'm mad as hell at what's happened to a country I love very much and have spent most of my life working for.

Yes, our politics may be different, but 76% of the American people are with me (latest poll), finally awakening to the reality of what has been wrought.

Nevertheless, I've voluntarily edited my original post, as I don't mean to offend anyone.

OK, back to sailing.

Bill

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Thanks, Cam - for getting this thread back on track..

I have seen dinghies swamped, more than once. It may be that beating into a stiff breeze with a short wind-driven chop puts more water into the dinghy than some other conditions.

Towing with the transom plug out has worked well for us. We never tow with the engine on, since, as Bill points out, the boat will start sinking when slow or stopped. However most inflatables (exc. possibly v-botton RIBs) and many hard dingies will float high enough when empty for the drain to be above water at rest.

And it's true the load a dinghy puts on the boat under tow is significant, even empty - more so with an engine clamped on, and incredibly more so once it has taken on several gallons of water. So it simply makes sense to me to allow whatever water manages to find its way into the dinghy to immediately escape.
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Another option I've seen to towing a dinghy is a mount that allows you to have the stern of the dinghy in the air and leaves just the bow of the dinghy in the water. It reduces the drag from the dinghy drastically. I don't remember what it was called though.
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SD - you are probably thinking of the DinghyTow. It's made for inflatables though.
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I have a Walker Bay 8 and I wouldn't tow it with the plug out. The plug is so low in the boat I can't see how it wouldn't fill with water while being towed. For the short coast hops we make here in LI Sound, towing works pretty well, even out in Block Island Sound on a beat in short chop. In fact, last 4th of July when we headed for BI, we had 25-30 knot SE winds on the nose, with a 3-4 foot swell and waves to 6 feet. We towed the dinghy on a short painter, about 6 feet long, set so that the dinghy rode nose up on the back of our (tiny) stern wave. When we anchored in the pond, there wasn't more than a couple of gallons in the bottom of the boat, and that was after taking green water over the bow several times on the crossing. Becasue the WB is so light and the polyethylene is so flexible, the couple of times it bumped the back of the boat were of no consequence. We don't have an outboard for the WB, so that's not an issue.

I wouldn't tow offshore or on a passage though. I bought the 8' specifically because it's small and light enough to stow on deck in those situations.
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The best location that I have found is right at the stern. I pull it in close enough to lift the bow out of the water a tad and it just hangs straight down. Usually the lee side works best. Try it, you might be surprised how well it works. Never a chance of the tow line getting wrapped around your prop. I've found that I can even back down with it located there as long as I make sure it swings out and along the side, not across the transom.

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