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Tow or Not

3063 Views 23 Replies 20 Participants Last post by  Omatako
I moved a boat about 100 miles from the Hudson river to Shelter Is, LI NY with the owner of a newer 43' sailboat.

The trip was through Hell Gate and Plum Gut.

I strongly suggested that we do not tow the dinghy. It is an inflatable with an air floor so wasn't that hard to deflate and re-inflate two days latter.

The owner of the boat couldn't figure out how to hook up his power inflate to a battery and said that the manual pump would not inflate the floor.

We compromised and figured out how to tie it on the fore-deck. It rode there well although it made forward visibility a little harder.

The owner gave me a lot of grief, said he was just kidding but I couldn't be sure about that decision.
So we kept the dinghy on the for-deck for the first day of about 80 miles then towed it the last 20 miles.

The weather was supposed to be mild but it is the LIS which is notorious for fickleness. Do you think I was too cautious or would you have done the same?
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If you had towed the dink and it was lost at sea, what would the owner have said then?
That is where it got interesting.
He brought up my insisting on pulling the dink about a dozen time on our trip to Westbrook. I finally asked him if he was serious or just breaking my chops.
He said he wasn't serious But!!!

Then after we got the dingy in the water at Westbrook and the motor sorted out, it was still in the wrapper, we take off for the Marina about a mile from where we anchored. We got a couple hundred yards and I remembered we didn't have a navigation flashlight. He said it didn't matter to him as I was the paid captain and he knew I had a house and business.
Joking, maybe but their is no way to tell. We went back to get a flashlight.

I had a great trip we got along fine no problems at all. It is just that some people make me nervous.

I have a lot of respect for Hank from OPO this captaining thing has issues.
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