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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?
Ok here's a secondary question. If you do decided to tow the dinghy with a motor on (because, let say, you want to get some pictures of the boat under sail later), should your tether be long or short? Our outboard is at the upper range of the RIB's capacity and it tends to ride with the bow in the air if you leave the engine on and we've only done it twice—and both times I was extremely nervous and spent a lot of time screwing with the tow length. Around the PNW you tend to see power boats towing tenders with extremely long tethers but I don't like the way our RIB rides when I've tried that.
As a side note, we discovered an important piece of data on our June trip. Our RIB becomes airborne in 39 knots (no motor, thank goodness) :-0 I was watching the scenery go by off the stern as we motored into 30 knot winds, and the helmsman was calling out the winds speed of the gusts. She yelled 39 and I watched the dinghy take off like a kite, hover in the air for a few seconds and then plummet back down (upside down of course). Gave us a chance to practice our MOB drills to recover the fuel tank and dinghy seat. We should of known better, but I believe "It was only a few miles..." now qualifies as one of our famous last words.
Gaudeamus igitur iuvenes dum sumus...
before it's too late
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