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I always tow my 9 1/2 foot inflatable. Most of the time the outboard is off of it and the dinghy is tied up with three lines so only the back of the dinghy is in the water.
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Hey Cam, do you leave the motor up or down when towing the RIB. I towed mine all last summer, but we're close to shore and weren't out in big seas. ( this past fall the weather buoy was recording waver heights of 4-5 meters or 12-16 ft.)
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I would think motor up would produce less drag, slow boaters would appreciate that since sailing on them is always a drag anyway

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Has anyone here had experience with the Dinghy Tow system? It's method is to drag a dinghy backwards with only the bow in the water, sort of like a semi-davit. If the dinghy ships any water it is only a bow's-worth and, I guess, would not amount to much. It keeps the dinghy under control in tight quarters, too.

Oh, this is beginning to sound like an advertisement. I have no financial interest. But I thought I should ask before attempting to make one for myself.
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I would think motor up would produce less drag, slow boaters would appreciate that since sailing on them is always a drag anyway

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Dinghy Tow- never had one but saw one and talked to the owners. They said it was the best thing they ever bought for the boat. I would get one except the Monitor windvane is in the way. Looks like a great way to tow a dingy to me, it would reduce drag to a fraction of normal towing and no danger of wrapping the painter in the wheel.

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Hey Cam, do you leave the motor up or down when towing the RIB. I towed mine all last summer, but we're close to shore and weren't out in big seas. ( this past fall the weather buoy was recording waver heights of 4-5 meters or 12-16 ft.)
Motor up. I am not sure if it is so much as the drag (which is a factor), but when the motor is down and in the water, it will start to turn sideways, making the dink ride awkwardly (going down a wave face slightly crooked).

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Yep...for once...CD has it right. I taught him well!
...and I only do this if I'm in relatively flat water with less than a couple of feet of chop. The motor comes off if I'm facing anything more and I always stow the dink on deck during open water passages.
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Motor up. I am not sure if it is so much as the drag (which is a factor), but when the motor is down and in the water, it will start to turn sideways, making the dink ride awkwardly (going down a wave face slightly crooked).
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