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Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

Is your outboard mounted on the dinghy while towing?

Why or why not?
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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

Never. Dinghies can flip in wind and waves.

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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

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Is your outboard mounted on the dinghy while towing?

Why or why not?

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.
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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.
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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.
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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

We never, ever tow our dinghy outside a bay or harbor, period. It is the most valuable bit of ancillary equipment on our boat. It is our car and our only lifeline to shore.
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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

Dinghy's swamp or turn turtle too often when towing so best to store the outboard on board when towing. Many to their rue also find their dinghy swamped even when at anchor due to a sudden downpour and end up having to have the outboard purged of salt water.

It happens too often and even unsinkable boats still end up with submerged outboards.



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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

We were just on a short trip from Edgartown to Cuttyhunk, not even a full day's trip, so we towed the inflatable dinghy behind and left the engine on it. Not a problem until we got to Quick's Hole doing about six knots and a series of 5' standing waves caused by the current vs wind flipped the dinghy in two shakes of a lamb's tail. Five or six waves later we were able to flip it back. When we got to Cuttyhunk we got the engine running after about three pulls. Since then we take the engine off off every time we tow the dinghy between ports. If you don't learn something every day, why wake up?
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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

Only in the harbor in completely flat water from the mooring to the fuel dock and back. We have a Garhauer lifting crane and it take a few minutes to get the motor up or drop it down onto the dink.

Towing with a motor is a very very bad practice.

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Dinghy's swamp or turn turtle too often when towing so best to store the outboard on board when towing. Many to their rue also find their dinghy swamped even when at anchor due to a sudden downpour and end up having to have the outboard purged of salt water.

It happens too often and even unsinkable boats still end up with submerged outboards.
Saw this happen at anchor near Staniel Cay in the Bahamas. Boat at anchor behind us had their dingy with the outboard flip when a squall came through.

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Re: Outboard on or off Dinghy While Towing?

never tow anything you cannot afford to lose. is like betting. youbetting on sh** not happening and gods of sea are betting you lose the dink. best of luck.


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