Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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Towing a dingy in chop
I don''t have any place aboard for my skiff. I use a Sumner 9 footer that I''m told is supposed to be the only hard dingy that meets the CG requirements of a life raft. I''ve towed her through some real nasty stuff.
Once I got caught with my pants down in a howling northwesterly off Race Point, Cape Cod in an outgoing tide. I didn''t have her set out far enough for those conditions. She came off the top of one breaker and slammed into the backstay turnbuckle putting a 20 deg. bend in its lower end! I suppose the situation could have been worse and I guess I should have set her out further before we got into that rip. But even though I watched her literally blow off the tops of 12-15 foot waves and race 80 to 90 degrees down their faces, she was dry when we finally made in. Save for a hole in her bow from the strike, she was in better shape then I was!
If you have the means to take your skiff aboard, do so. But if you donít have the space or would be put at some risk getting it aboard in a seaway, by all means, set her out 40-50 feet further astern and hope for the best.