Originally Posted by nautical62
I find tying my dingy up next to the boat means it will bang against it if there is any notable wind
and wave action. Hanging it about 8 feet back avoids that. Hanging it back also provides something to hang onto in a current
when I jump in.
I saw someone using a very novel approach to solve all the banging and prop fouling issues: He used two dinghy
painters, one tied to each side of the transom of the sailboat, and he slipped an 8-10 foot length of schedule 40 PVC pipe over each painter. This rigid triangulation kept the dinghy well-controlled off the stern, even while docking
and maneuvering, with no risks.
I'm not a proponent of dinghy towing in open water
or for any great distance, but this solution is simple, cheap