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How to dock while towing dinghy

What is the proper way to dock while towing a dinghy? Do you bring the dinghy up along the side of your boat keeping the dinghy on the side opposite the dock?

What kind of line do you want for towing a dinghy? How long should it be? I saw something that said for a rigid dinghy you should run a line from a cleat on one side of the stern back thru the eye loop on the dinghy then back to a cleat on the other side of the stern of the towing boat (making is necessary for the tow line to be a little more than twice the length you want the dinghy to be from the towing boat.

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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

To pull up abreast of a dock and not into a slip, it's best to pull the dinghy amidships opposite to where you are tying up to. I believe one line from the bow of the dinghy is sufficient. That makes it much easier to keep track of when motoring. Tie it to one of the stern cleats as you are sailing and adjust the length to put it back a wave of 2.

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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

When pulling into a slip, I pull my dinghy right up right to the stern of the boat. I have a ladder hinged up on the stern and the dinghy rides on that. A fender will do if you don't have a ladder. When pulling up alongside I do as Gladrags said, I tie the dinghy to the other side with lines bow and stern to keep it alongside.
The tow line arrangement you described could be described as a sliding bridle, which would not normally be needed for a dinghy. If what you are towing is big and heavy relative to the tow boat, a sliding bridle is helpful as it keeps equal pull on each stern cleat. Towing off just one stern cleat will affect your steering, the boat will want to turn toward the side with the tow connected. I've towed boats much larger than my own and lacking a proper tow bitt, that's about the only way to make it work.
Many will advise to use poly propylene rope as it floats and can't get caught on your prop, but I don't like it as it's not very strong and the sunlight eats it up, especially in the easy to find yellow or white colors. If you can find it in black, that will last much longer. I use 3/8 or 1/2" nylon and I'm careful not to back down on it.

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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

Assuming you are clear to one side, while docking, I prefer a bow line off the dinghy to one of the side deck cleats. Short enough (virtually straight up) that the motor can't swing around and hit the boat. The dinghy can still pivot from front to back, in the event the docking requires some maneuvering.

If you are not clear, then a short line off the bow or stern of the boat, depending on which end is clear.


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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

dock when towing dink.... dock the boat the say "oh I forgot we are towing a dink!"

Seriously if there is any current at all the dink will follow unless you a going with the flow then the dink is all over the place.

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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

The one time I ever wrapped once of my own lines on the prop was when I forgot I had the dinghy on a long tow line. I backed up, wrapped the line, and bent the shaft. Expensive lesson.
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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

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Assuming you are clear to one side, while docking, I prefer a bow line off the dinghy to one of the side deck cleats. Short enough (virtually straight up) that the motor can't swing around and hit the boat. The dinghy can still pivot from front to back, in the event the docking requires some maneuvering.

If you are not clear, then a short line off the bow or stern of the boat, depending on which end is clear.
I like this idea for a tight slip where you couldnt have the dinghy pulled up alongside and secured from the bow and potentially the stern. But what about a failed docking attempt where you find yourself reversing for a go around. Will that situation cause problems for the dinghy tied up as you described?
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I like this idea for a tight slip where you couldnt have the dinghy pulled up alongside and secured from the bow and potentially the stern. But what about a failed docking attempt where you find yourself reversing for a go around. Will that situation cause problems for the dinghy tied up as you described?
If the painter is "virtually straight up" as Minnewaska suggests, there is not enough line to find its way to (or around) the prop. I do this too when I pull into my slip; dinghy painter short so that the dinghy's bow is tight against the transom.


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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

Absolutely essential that the tow line is shortened so it is near vertical. A longer line risks the dinghy going somewhere it should not, like the wrong side of a mooring pole. I have seen it happen and it ripped the towing eyes off the dink.

If it is a hard dink fenders are a good idea.
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Re: How to dock while towing dinghy

this is one place where floating poly line is a good thing for the bridle
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