We recently purchased an AB Aluminum
. It's great but when towing, it wanders about like crazy. Mine has forward storage
compartment where the fuel tank
resides - and if that's full, the whole problem is exacerbated.
We've tried using a bridle
, and have modified the bridle
several times to try to eliminate the wander all to no avail.
Finally yesterday I decided to make a couple of rudders! The dink has eyelets on the outside which turned out to be perfect mounting spots. The rudders bolt on with wing nuts for easy removal
(hopefully I don't loose them while towing!) and I made them out of 1/2" Starboard.
I towed it yesterday from Mattapoisett through Woods Hole to Oak bluffs - with a full 6 gallon fuel tank
in the forward compartment - Straight as an arrow!
It also doesn't affect general maneuverability when driving the dink, so I think the only time they would need to come off is when I beach the dinghy
It's not often I get to publish a success story...
Anyone want a pattern of what I did, let me know!