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Dinghy towing

What is the best technique for towing a hard dinghy while backing out of a slip? My home slip has enough room to move the dinghy to the side of the boat, but obviously this is not always the case.

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Do you tow with the motor on or off?
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Planning on doing both. I am mainly concerned with avoiding fouling the prop and maintaining control of the dinghy while backing out of a slip under power.

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We usually move the dinghy forward to the bow cleat, whenever possible. Then we just tow it out, and switch it to the stern once underway forward.

Also, get yourself a floating towline, such as this from NER.

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The best way is not to tow it,
but rather to stow it on deck.

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