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Thanks Equinox, but I'm already familar with the Dinghy Tow. I decided on davits partly to have a mounting point for solar panels.

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If you go to this web site, http://www.dinghy-tow.com/
I cant believe this company is using some of these photo's to promote their product. One still has the motor on the dink and looks to be about 6" from the water, are they joking?

I would steer away from this arrangement, better off putting it on the fore deck or using a bridle...or traditional davit.

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Actually T37, there is a couple with a boat like mine with one, and they leave the motor on. He has said it's been so solid that they may tow it when they recross the Pond. Forget what issue, but their story is in Good Old Boat.

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And the motor doesn't get swamped? WOW, I would be surprised if it didn't.

The system looks sturdy just didn't like the idea of leaving the motor on in the stored position. Do they drag it behind when sailing, you surely wouldn't want to leave it in the stored position when underway...?

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Not sure what the pictures you are referring to show, but the usual method is to tow it, bow in the water, with the stern raised up. If you're referring to the upright position, it's my understanding that is for docking, not for underway.

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http://www.dinghy-tow.com/storage.html

This is just weird...IMHO


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Nahhhh that's not weird...that's how CD can get his Catalina to move forward while sailing!!!!

That's his ACC's SAIL MOD....

You see..technically the engine is not on his boat...that's a void he found in the regullations.

I'd love to see that in 10' waves and 25kts wind!!! Look, mum...our dinghy quit his job.....

A perfect example of another guy that invented a procedure of "removing his undershorts without removing his pants"......

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We tow our fattyknees 7' dink with out the motor unless we are exploring small rivers and harbours. We only tow her in the bay when wx is forcast for cavu. If its forcast to be above 15 or precip we haul the little rascal onboard with the main halyard. With dink on roof we can open main hatch and get more air down below. It has a custom craddle on the main cabin top. plus its the best looking dink Ive ever seen , you can row it into a 20 knot wind in 2 to 3 foot chop .to lay out ground tackle she sails greats. It also motors at 4.5 knots with a 2.5 hp engine . secured to aft side of our cutter it acts as a aux engine moving our double ender at 4kts.
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That is the docking position in the picture. Not to be used while underway.

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Well we have a dinghy tow, and it is the most unsightly device on the back of the boat.... But it sure is handy. And while in port (and all boats are in port, what, 90% of the time?) It is nice to have a spot for the dink. The picture of the dink on the back of a boat has the dink sitting a little lower than where I would stow it. Our motor lives about 2.5 to 3 feet above the water. It hasn't got waked yet. It's a snap to deploy.
When underway, in fair weather, short trips, the motor is on, the bow down and the stern/motor is 5 feet above the water line. Low drag, and again, a snap to deploy.

longer trips, some what settled weather , remove the motor, and most of the weight, and go.

Long open ocean work.... remove the motor and store the dink on deck...
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