Rowing Dinghy is fine if there's no wind or current.Very efficient.Three masters were often towed in calms.
If you are going into docks singlehanded...that's where it gets sticky.Lots of bumpers on the tow-even lifejackets and rolled blankets along the sheer will save grief.Lots of tie-up lines hanging on the lifelines-both sides if you can.Two lines to the tiller of the towjust in reach on the lazarette across the lifelines
might avert a final disaster....
Better yet,get help .Anybody that doesn't argue and is familiarised with what's supposed
to happen will do.
In the dinghy,paddle ansynchronically (sp?yikes) for smoother power.Don't pull "all-together".Slow down well in advance.Once accelerated,the tow will carry way a long time!
Think "tugboat" and don't let the floating! towline ahead of the dinghy's quarters or allow the tow to overtake without being able to quickly let loose....I just wind it round my foot and step on the end for quick release.Also,a long towline allows you to get away and turn her.To stop her,either have a line trailing aft ( to rush back for) or just "bang and push".You may end up with the dinghy between the tow and other boats.Avoid this!It can be darned difficult to reboard the tow because You will want to reboard in an awkward place-a bow for instance.
Outriggers would be needed or you can't balance huge oars from high modern freeboards or even a fancy coaming plus a too narrow cockpit
.Most energy will be lost
supporting these monsters without em.
Maneuvering in docks with 2 sweeps is horrendous.You are very wide.
One oar athwart with rudder
part over is possible.The keel
sucks up some of your side thrust so makes it possible.But that's just theory.I've only one friend does this regular.
Sculling (with one oar ) is superior to both maneuvering. 'though proper oars allow you to put your back into it and seem more efficient thrustwise,the equipment
setup is prohibitive and obtrusive.....
Sculling is a powered rudder
and can spin your boat in her length.Reverse is a trick though securing the oar (a mere loose loop) will allow it with practise.It does need practise.Do some in the dinghy.Don't let the sculling oar slip from your hand...You can't really tie any because as you get close-quarters,you need ship your oar (or oars) inboard quickly so consider that before the event.
Remember that swinging your rudder hard over! to each side is also a brake....