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Old 02-10-2009, 15:03   #1
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Has Anyone Tried a Dinghy-Tow?

I was talking to a fellow sailor at my yacht club this afternoon about dinghy davits and he mentioned something about a dinghy tow as an option. I have looked it up and was wondering if anybody has any experience with these and what their thought were on it.
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I've happily approximated (not the actual product) the Dinghy Tow method, over decades, when sailing Lake Superior. At that time, we had very small, easilly removed, outboards (<5HP), and never sailed further than 100 miles between anchorages.
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Others will (rightfully) advise that it's not a substitute, where davits are required (longer, open water passages).
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I didn't know what you meant so I Googled it. Is this it. Interesting for those that don’t have a dinghy dock. Lot of windage in the upright position.


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Gord you beat me to it!
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I figure we would put it on the deck for ocean passages if we had dinghy davits or tow dinghy either one. I expect the same would be true in rough weather in areas like the Chesapeake Bay.
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Depends on your intentions... local daysailing...? fine
If you are going any further it looks like trouble to me. Davits would be superior for sure.
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Looks like something you could easily build yourself.
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I've had a dinghy-tow for 5 or 6 years. They work really well. It puts very low drag on your boat, so you effectively do not loose any sailing speed. In protected waters I leave the outboard on. If it is a longer passage or in less protected waters, I take the outboard off. I've used it on the outside of Vancouver Island in pretty rough stuff without problem. For long passages I put the dink on the foredeck. One thing I really like about it is the quickness you can get your dink ready. No fuss, no muss.

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What a good idea!!
Just after I fitted davits. Please put up the next best idea before I do it!!

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