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I'll join the queue advising you not to tow, apart from the added drag, fuel consumption and reduced speed, it is not good for the dinghy.

I lost my first brand new inflatable rib this way - towing overnight in reasonably calm weather, when the light came up, I noticed that I was towing only the D rings from either side of the dink. Boat long gone.

I recommend you to investigate snap davits like these if you don't have room to hoist it onto the foredeck:

snapdavit.co.uk/inflatable.html

I'm not affiliated in any way and don't recommend these above others, but they've worked well with 9ft ribs on my 43' Beneteau and my fathers 36' Hunter.
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hi ..ive been towing my 6' rubber dingy with a old nylon "painter" for a long time ,so had the previous owner......no losses just a1" line 20' long ...the soft bott rubber dingy is over 20 years old.....maybe just dumb luck......also one should look behind them on a regular basis.........luvs joni
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This is a no-brainer. Adjust the towing line so the dink is surfing down your stern wake--pick a wave, any one. There is so little drag you can grasp the line with your eyelids and it won't pull free. Let out more line so it's clawing uphill, and two hands aren't enough to hang on some times. People who claim towing dinghies reduces their speed are, well, not smart.

Don't get me wrong: I don't claim that towing dinghies is smart--but sometimes it's both necessary and safe.
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People who claim towing dinghies reduces their speed are, well, not smart.
I respectfully suggest you think about that for a second. How can towing something not slow you down?? And if there was so little stress on the dinghy, how is it that so many are lost or discovered floating at sea minus their D-rings? I personally have lost one and my father alone has found 2 at sea in the last 5 years.
My boat cruises at 7-8 knots; when I have to tow the dinghy it's more like 6-7 knots and there is no way I can pull the dinghy towards the boat by hand at that speed.

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I respectfully suggest you think about that for a second. How can towing something not slow you down?? And if there was so little stress on the dinghy, how is it that so many are lost or discovered floating at sea minus their D-rings? I personally have lost one and my father alone has found 2 at sea in the last 5 years.
My boat cruises at 7-8 knots; when I have to tow the dinghy it's more like 6-7 knots and there is no way I can pull the dinghy towards the boat by hand at that speed.
Well, towing a dinghy so that it is in the same position relative to the waves as the mothership puts a lot less strain on the dinghy hardware...but a lot of people don't do it. It will still cause drag, but it won't put as much stress on the dinghy.

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There is so little drag you can grasp the line with your eyelids and it won't pull free.
Do some dinks plane better than others? I have a wooden pram that does not have a flat bottom. It rows well, but seems to be sucked into it's own wake while towing.
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heavy dinghy

OK a lot of you say store it. (davits, dinghy tow, foredeck) I have a 14' Achilles (commercial with heavy wood flooring) and old 1987 25 HP OB.
The whole set-up probably weighs 350lbs. Love the speed and 8+ person capacity of this old thing.
How do you lift that dinghy on a sailboat??????? Just getting the 175lbs OB on and off on dry land is a bugger let stand in a sea or even calm water.
Therefore she must be towed, but how is still for me to find out. I'll try reverse towing with OB and transom out of the water thid weekend, as regular towing (no matter where as to wake) slows me down by 20% (1 to 1.5 KNTS) Even though she's heavy I can always pull her up close and know she is safe as that is what the Marines use.

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