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Hey all. I have a 23 foot boat that I want to take on some short cruises. I would like to take a two-person sit on top kayak and tow it. I don't like the idea of the kayak being able to maneuver too much on its own or have the line get fouled. Has anyone tried or heard of a hard bridle? I'm thinking two lines from either side on the stern of the sailboat converging to the bow of the kayak. Each line would have a stiff PVC pipe over it so the general triangle shape would be mostly maintained. My sails are all decks sweepers so I really don't think it would be feasible to put them on the deck.

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Re: Towing Kayak - hard bridle

How about a davit or J arm mounted (offset if rudder is in the way)on the transom or a ring secured to backstay.Bring the kayak bow up to secure there on a hook or??
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Re: Towing Kayak - hard bridle

Sounds a bit complicated to deal with; multiple lines, pipe etc. It's nice to be able to shorten up your tow for tight spaces and lengthen it to match swell length on open water. SOT kayaks are relatively heavy with minimal windage and usually track pretty well. I would think it should tow fine with just a single tow line.
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Re: Towing Kayak - hard bridle

There's always this https://www.westmarine.com/buy/magma...rack--15075989
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Re: Towing Kayak - hard bridle

Thanks guys...I did consider both the hanging b from the side method and tieing the bow of the kayak directly to the boat and may try those.

For the PVC pipe method, essentially the gear would consist of two +- 6' pvc pipes. They'd already be connected at one end so storage would be very simple.

I'll be testing this in about a month around sf bay and Bodega
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Re: Towing Kayak - hard bridle

What @Arcb said.

Keep it on a short leash to keep the bow from digging into the swell.
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Re: Towing Kayak - hard bridle

Use a floating line to prevent fouling. Kayaks are like dinghies, they enjoy some freedom back there.
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