Originally Posted by rockDAWG
May be this is just me. I would rather haul the dingy on the deck. I have seen many towing the dingy up and down the coast and crossing the gulf stream
. It really does fit well with me. Towing a dingy for a day sail trip in Chesapeake Bay
is one thing, making a voyage is another. Often I don't even want to put the dingy on a davit. I put on the front deck.
You may recall
that the discussion relates to a very specific coastal leg with which I've become intimate over the decades. Perhaps "YMMV" refers to foredeck real estate, and then perhaps it does not. On my 28 footer it does.
I have towed hard dinks up and down the coast for decades, and have encountered both good and bad results in so doing. The vast majority were "good" and I can report that I've never lost
the small boat. That does not
mean that each effort was 100% successful, and a few were harrowing. In retrospect it seems to boil down to the type of small boat, the specific route
, the care and preparations put into the tow, and if all else fails, the knowledge and experience of the person doing the towing. Indeed I can see how "YMMV" is likely a reasonable view.
BTW I can include a handful of successful Gulf Stream crossings but these were limited to short hops to the Bahamas
, and slightly beyond. On one crossing from FL to Bermuda
, that small boat went on the foredeck, and it was one of the most inconvenient arrangements I can remember (although definitely necessary). On subsequent Bermuda
trips I packed an inflatable
rather than a hard boat.
This is like the "anchor/Hitler" thingie online where everything inevitably dissolves into a towing versus not towing exchange.