I've towed an 18' center consul skiff many miles around the caribbean
and I can tell you what works for me. Make sure you have very strong towing eyes on the boat
, I almost tore the first set out of my boat
. I always tow with a second back up tow line to a separate back up toe ring. You need to secure the tow line to the rings with a knot
that won't chaff. I use an anchor
bowline or a special made bridal with an loop in it. One of your biggest worries is a following sea, the boat will start surfing and will try to run into your stern, or will try to rip out the towing eyes when you jerk the slack out of the line. I tow with the motor
down, prop removed, an motor secured on center. I don't do this if I'm just doing a short run in sheltered water
. I also have a spare prop nut, spacer and cotter pins, I've found that none of these float very well. This sounds like a lot of trouble, but once you work
out a system it doesn't take long.
I also rig a big loop of line from side to side of the stern of the skiff and lay it in the skiff. That way I have it set up ready to go if I need to slow the skiff more.
Towing into wind
and waves you can just slow down if it gets too ruff. I also set my tow lines differently depending on speed and sea conditions. Just experiment
till it rides the best.
I tow with three strand nylon because I want the stretch to absorb some of the shock. But you have to be careful because it sinks and can get sucked into your prop. Thats why some people like to use polyprop because it floats. I start out with the skiff tied off to the side aft quarter and as I slowly get under way I let it go and slowly let out the tow line. If I'm anchoring
or stopping I slow down and stop and bring the skiff back up and tie it off the aft quarter, then anchor
or side tie to a dock
. Needless to say you need a good set of fenders between the skiff and the boat, longer the better.
This all works for me but I'm sure there are other ideas that work
for other people and I don't claim to be an expert. These are just suggestions for you to consider.