Originally Posted by Tar34
Today I sailed towing the dinghy some 18 nm in 15-18kts of breeze down the Chesapeake bay
. There were times I wish the dink were stowed on deck, before the mast
I towed with a bridle to keep the dink centered and fairly close to the stern but on an even keel
. In this configuration it still managed to collect water, adding some weight to the the dinghy. I wonder how much drag is induced by the dinghy and if there is an optimum way to position it to reduce drag. I am not a big fan of loading down a stern with a dinghy in davits
. But there seems to be no simple fast way to pick up the dinghy and maneuver it to the the forward deck. I have thought about modifying my reaching strut, which I seldom use, attach a foreguy and use a spinnaker
halyard to hoist. I have eliminated using the spinnaker
pole as it takes two men
and boy to handle smartly. Any thoughts on the subject of drag and stowage is appreciated.
First, I would not hesitate to tow a dinghy for 18 miles in relatively protected waters in up to 20 kts as long as there is no nasty chop. I would not do it with the outboard
mounted, however. It helps to have the tow line padeyes very close to the dinghy's waterline, so the bow tends to be lifted out.
Having said that, towing a dinghy does add significant drag and some water can splash inside. Also, I would not tow a dinghy in more than 20 kts or overnight or if there are serious waves. So I agree that developing a system for lifting it out and storing it on deck is good.
Some people store the dinghy on the foredeck, others on the cabin
top under the boom. With a small 8' dinghy, either place could work. I keep my inflatable
dinghy inflated on the foredeck, with the stern up against the mast
. To lift
it out, I use a 4 part tackle attached to the spinnaker halyard and hoisted all the way up to the spreaders. I attach the other end of the tackle to the lifting harness and haul it up. Using the tackle allows you to hold the tail with one hand and use the other hand to maneuver the dinghy around the shrouds. Securing the top of the tackle very high up allows you to lift the dinghy up over the lifelines
With my inflatable I use a 2 point lifting harness attached to the towing rings and lift the dinghy suspended vertically. This gets rid of any water inside, makes it easier to clear the shrouds, and allows me to position the stern where I want it (against the mast) and lower the bow with the dinghy bottom up.
I used to have a hard dinghy which I stowed on the cabin
top athwartship. In this case I used a tackle with the main halyard and a 4 point harness, but the awkward part was always flipping the dinghy upside down at the end.
Either way, the whole procedure takes about 20 minutes.