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Old 20-11-2009, 04:40   #16
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Yeah well maybe with a fixed-full draft keel it would make sense to bring the dinghy along, my boat only draws 2 feet wit the keel up, so not such an issue with me. Maybe if and when I upgrade to a true blue water boat I will keep the dinghy with me.

I am anchored in Roberts Bay here in Venice, not so far from Charlotte Harbor.

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Old 20-11-2009, 04:50   #17
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Take the outboard off the dink

Just a bit of advice. If you have an outboard, don't leave it on the dinghy while towing. It can get flipped by a gust of wind or a wave. I'm surprised at the number of people who tow their dinks with the outboard still mounted.

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When we chartered with the Moorings last year in the BVI they insisted we tow the dinghy with the motor attached for the entire week. We were on a 40' Leopard Cat with nice fiberglass davits and I was determined to see how fast I could get her under sail, so I of course ignored them and hoisted it on the davits every chance I got.

I can see the danger in towing a dinghy/outboard on a passage or in rough seas, but I'd think the Moorings folks wouldn't recommend it if they had experienced a big problem with capsizing.

Our Cat has a nice stainless arch with strong davits, so we never tow ours anyway. Just wondering.

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