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Old 29-07-2011, 23:35   #31
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Re: Towing a Tender

One old trick to prevent a towed dinghy overtaking you is to use two knots on the tow line to fit a plastic funnel, pointy side forward, over the rope.
Position it closer to the dinghy but far enough away so when the tow boat slows the funnel can fall into the water.
You'll find the funnel inverts and acts as a sea brake.
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Re: Towing a Tender

Towing can be quite easy and trouble free. The trick is to know when and where to do it.

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Taylor Made Products makes a semi ridgid towing system that uses a fiberglass mooring whip. I couldn't seem to get a direct link to the product but go to their website, search on the word "towing" then click on "Boat Mounted & Towing System Mooring Whips" Welcome to Taylor Made Products

A good friend of mine used to tow large tenders behind his sport fisherman to the Bahamas. He quit when he was told his tender wouldn't be covered by his insurance while under tow.
More good advise. It's a sad day when you decide to let your insurance company dictate your enjoyment. I'd take the risk of eating the loss of my tender over giving up my freedom.
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Zeehag, Il Pescatori, Depending where you go it can be easy to avoid theft. In the Bahamas "they" only steal Yamahas. Put a Suzuki or Merc on the back and it will be much safer. Can't comment on Mexico or Central Am. Buddy had 3 dinks stolen in one winter.
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Re: Towing a Tender

Forget the solid tow bar. Too much stress. The Whaler is really heavy for its size. You will either damage your transom or break the tow bar. It is a boat, not a motor home!!!
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I have a friend who is a boat builder, he custom built a 40' diesel powered cat to be towed behind the 125' mother The captian got caught in a storm and cut the 40' loose....never to be seen again All worked out , the captain was fired nan my friend collected another 200g building a replacment boat
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In college I had a convertible (car) and built your dingy alarm but used it to keep my stereo from being stolen. 1 small ground wire attached to the the stereo just waiting to be broken. Never had anyone try to steal it, so I never saw it in action.

I have been thinking about something like this for my dingy for a while.
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More good advise. It's a sad day when you decide to let your insurance company dictate your enjoyment. I'd take the risk of eating the loss of my tender over giving up my freedom.
I know what you mean, but my friends tender was worth north of fifty grand. Now he just hires someone to run it over as he follows along in the big boat. He's wealthy enough to throw money at the problem.

An earlier post talked about the loss of a large boat while under tow. This happened several times and the insurance companies got tired of paying for them.
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