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The system looks sturdy just didn't like the idea of leaving the motor on in the stored position.
PB...I got that. Still looks weird to me But then again...I'm weird.

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CD - don't forget the retracting hydrofoils under the boat.

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towbar augmentation

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If you need a solid "towbar" try running the painter thru a peice of small pvc pipe. It works well as a stand-off for the dink.
To help cut down wear and tear on your dink with that PVC towbar, use the PVC epoxy for bonding the pipe to a flange on the dink end of the pipe. That should help spread out the force of the bare end poking into your dink. You can add to the cusion factor by adding some closed cell neoprene to the flange. The closed cell material won't absorb any water to make for a wet storage issue when you're done with the towbar. Wetsuit material works great and most SCUBA shops will probably have some around. Alternatively for that extra cushion, cut holes in a tennis ball or two and thread the painter through them.
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Most outboard motors do have a problem with being stored on their side or inverted... so I don't know if I'd be all that happy about using the dinghy tow with the outboard motor inverted like that.

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"I have a 8' Walker Bay rigid dinghy that I plan to tow unless offshore. Question is.....how far back do you let it ride? Secondary question is, how wise is it to leave the outboard on the dinghy while towing?"


Depends on whether or not you have the wife sitting in it. If she is - then you'll want to make sure she's far enough back that she misses when she starts throwing things at you. And you'll probably want to make sure that you don't leave her the motor in case she high-tails it back to shore. If she isn't in it then about two boat lengths is usually good.

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Dinghy lengths that is...and use a bridle

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