Even more than the speed loss/drag of towing a dinghy is an additional consideration - money
. Dinghies are now big dollar items ranging with motor
from $1.5K to $2K for little bitty ones to $5K or more for larger RIB
- - If you look carefully at the restrictions in your insurance
policy you will probably notice an exclusion of coverage for "towed dinghies." Which means if it breaks loose or is damaged by flipping or other things you will not get any insurance money
. The insurance companies are well aware of the large numbers of lost
and damaged dinghies caused by towing so write the exclusion. Needless to say there has been a boom in the sales of davits
as a result.
- - For those who cannot afford insurance or those with high deductibles like $5K to keep the policy premium down, it is also true that they cannot afford to lose a $3K-$5K (+/-) dinghy/motor. Beside just losing the dinghy while towing there are a host of other self inflicted problems like backing over the dinghy; getting it between you and the dock
; and the annoying and destructive problem of the dinghy overrunning the boat and smashing into the transom during rolling seas.
- - But back on topic, towing clothing
or containers with clothing
is just not done for a host of reasons more relevant than drag or speed loss. The oceans and rivers/waterways are terribly polluted, acidic, and full of debris, not to mention hungry marine
life that sees anything small zipping through the water as possible "dinner." A container full of clothing can snag considerable sea grass/weed and other floating vegetable life including all sorts of flotsam and jetsam. On a "short leach" the container will be smashing into the boat which is not great for that $10K paint
job or windvane
- - Add in the physical nuclear attraction for anything plastic or polyester/nylon and stainless steel
or bronze propellers and shafts and you can see a myriad of reasons why the old fashion 5 gallon bucket and a toilet plunger is a better way to do the laundry.