I recommend UP the face
Originally Posted by defjef
If you are towing, you want to "trim" the dink so it is riding DOWN the face of a wave. The distance and size of the wave will change and so you need to adjust the tow line length. A bridle
will diminish the yawing.
, Excactly OPPOSITE of defjef.
I keep the dinghy riding on the back side, or uphill part of the wake
of my sailboat, or, in rougher conditions, on the back (uphill) part of the second sea swell/wave back from the sailboat. This will prevent the dinghy from surfing down a wave, and crashing into your sailboat stern.
I also like to rig a pair of bridles with two lines attached to the sailboat (and another, my permanent "painter", at the dinghy) and connected to the long single
line so that the dinghy follows directly behind the boat and not off to one side. No matter where you attach your dinghy towline to the boat, make sure it can be quickly thrown off in an emergency
and make sure the tow line is at least 100 feet long so you can adjust it for varying conditions. In busy harbors or while docking
, you may want to draw the dinghy up to within a few feet of your stern, or actually tied to the stern rail (bow elevated).
I wouldn't argue with the advice to never tow the dinghy, more than a "few" miles; but like many others living on a very small boat, I was forced to ignor that good advice.
Then, there's the "Dinghy-Tow"
(I've never used the device - just the concept)
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