Originally Posted by Paul J. Nolan
Excellent advice, in my opinion.
Paul and moseriw, this may be pedantic,but of course towing is indeed an option. The fact that many posters report successfully towing under some set of conditions or another seems to prove that this is a viable procedure. On our previous boat, where stowing our inflatable
was a ~ 90 minute dance, we too towed quite a few thousand miles. Never lost
a dinghy, but will admit to some pretty worried moments! Best practice? Nooo, but still an option.
You may never choose to do so, but for many sailors it works ok. There is some risk involved, but common sense and good painters/bridles will get one through a surprising amount of bad weather