I towed my Dinghy
most of the way from Kentucky Lake to Punta Gorda, FL and back. At times after putting the mast
back up, I had it on the bow, but for the most part, I towed it across the Gulf. We had good weather
for both crossings, so it was not a problem.
I have my outboard
mounted on an Edson
stern mount and use an Ocean Marine
pole with my KVH antenna
on top and mounted Ocean Marine's outboard motor
boom for getting the OB on and off the dinghy
. I keep the dinghy empty while towing so if it did get kicked over by a wave or wind
, I can get it back on board fairly easily. During the trip, I had no problems whatsoever with this setup. I had predetermined points where I mounted brass snap shackles so I could clip to my stern rail for the correct towing distance. I had another loop for rough conditions and pulled it in and snapped the snap shackle to the loop, keeping the dinghy very close with the nose up on my swim platform.
, we had another snap shackle clipped to the rear lifeline. My wife would unclip that one while I unclipped the rear towing one and we moved the dinghy to the bow.
We used floating braided polypropylene line with a float and a bridle
. After some heavy rains, I would have to pump it out since it was open and had no cover while towing.