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Re: Towing and being towed
We were towed into Cuttyhunk about 6 years ago. The SeaTow operator used a tow line with an bridle at our end, attached to the two bow cleats, as shown in the thumbnail. I wasn't aware that the anchor would interfere when the bridle was attached when slack, but this would be an issue for a longer tow. Better to remove a bow anchor to be sure.
We were in frequent VHF communications, including the instruction to actively steer my boat to track behind the tow boat.
When we got to the harbor, the tow boat operator switched to a hip tow and greased us into an inside face dock as twilight was coming on. He was also helpful in lining us up with someone who picked up our replacement water pump pulley from the mainland and had it to us by noon the following morning. It was as close to an enjoyable experience as you could expect under the circumstances.