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Old 10-08-2016, 11:42   #16
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Re: Towing a boat/tender

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We just got back from the Bahamas and saw almost every boat over 45 feet towing a center console. Most of them had fairly long tow lines and I saw a lot of them pulling the center consoles on plane.
I think being on plane makes it work better for them, my little dinghy's hull speed is about 4 kts, so towing it at 6 or so kts is right at where drag is stupid high, but if I could get it to break over on plane it would lessen I believe.
Towing my rib slowed me down way more than I would have thought, it cost me at least a knot or more, I don't tow now.
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I think being on plane makes it work better for them, my little dinghy's hull speed is about 4 kts, so towing it at 6 or so kts is right at where drag is stupid high, but if I could get it to break over on plane it would lessen I believe.
Towing my rib slowed me down way more than I would have thought, it cost me at least a knot or more, I don't tow now.
We mostly tow our 11 foot Boston Whaler behind our sailboat. Obviously, we don't get it on plane, but I can easily pull the tow line up with one hand, so it can't be adding that much drag on the sailboat. Maybe 30 pounds or so as far as I can guess.
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Great information!!!

Thank you very much.

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