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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?
Short trips in sheltered waters I leave mine on my RIB. EG Marin round to Anse d'Arlet in Martinique.
Anything in the open ocean or when it is forecast to be 20 knots + the motor comes off and the dink is lashed upside down on the foredeck. This has worked for me for many years cruising.
Very few long term cruisers tow their dinks engine on in rough conditions.
Like you, I have always towed my dingy w/o the outboard, except for very short runs.
It has been a long time since I have sailed in the Caribbean, but my sailing mates who have done so recently tell me that it is common practice down in your waters to leave her on while towing--so I'm very interested to hear your different perspective.
My sailing now is primarily in the Chesapeake and in the summer you have to expect that there's a squall hiding behind every cloud, a good reason not to have to f with getting the outboard off the dingy in a hurry.