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Old 12-10-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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Boston Whaler for the Dink

We use a Boston Whaler 11 ft. for our tender on our 40 Marine Trader. There are several of this tough little boats in use that we see on the ICW.
Do you have one? Do you tow it? Store it on top? On the swim platform? We met a sailor last year that claimed to tow an 11ft BW all through the Caribbean without davits. We have towed it behind on a few trips but fear an overturn if we are waked by a gofast boat. the weight is 285 unloaded and we have a 20 hp Merc 4 stroke. Add another 200 pounds for that and gear. What do you do with this boat or a similar hard dink? It is a big hassle to load up top or to take the engine off. Thanks for all!
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We have an 16' Sundance skiff which is similar, we plan to tow it this year to the abaco. Along with our 12' rib on the boat deck.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:20 PM   #3
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We normally carry our 11' BW on the fly. After almost loosing her in a tow a few months ago (painter broke in heavy seas) we will always store her in her cradle. A passing wake won't be an issue for you if towing.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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We normally carry our 11' BW on the fly. After almost loosing her in a tow a few months ago (painter broke in heavy seas) we will always store her in her cradle. A passing wake won't be an issue for you if towing.
Did it have backing plate?
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Yes. The lines (2) broke due to the BW surfing in big following seas, never again!
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:44 PM   #6
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Yes. The lines (2) broke due to the BW surfing in big following seas, never again!
Oh, from all the jerking? I hate following seas, they sucked with our camano, hopefully there better on the Nordy with stabilizers!
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It's not the stabilizers that will make it better. It's the speed and accuracy of the autopilot and the design of the stern as well as the size of the rudder (s). I know your Nordy will be far better then the C for many reasons ie: better tracking with your FD hull, great displacement, larger rudder, better hull design.
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It's not the stabilizers that will make it better. It's the speed and accuracy of the autopilot and the design of the stern as well as the size of the rudder (s). I know your Nordy will be far better then the C for many reasons ie: better tracking with your FD hull, great displacement, larger rudder, better hull design.
Thanks for the clarification!
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:27 PM   #9
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I installed Niadd multi sea electronic stabilizers, which have a following sea setting. Not sure how it works, but it really works well. I had a 8 foot following sea and turned it off to see if it actually worked, WOW it straightened it right out.

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I own a Whaler, 13', but I can't think of a worse dinghy so I never use it as such. Too heavy to load single handed, heavy enough to go through the transom, tows awful, can flip in beam seas, can't be rowed. I love to row so my Whaler would be of no use to me.
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I own a Whaler, 13', but I can't think of a worse dinghy so I never use it as such. Too heavy to load single handed, heavy enough to go through the transom, tows awful, can flip in beam seas, can't be rowed. I love to row so my Whaler would be of no use to me.
Rowing solo is a charm in an 8-foot dink/Trink:

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I have a towing idea.

Just tie into the tilt wiring of the dinghy OB and radio control the tilt function while under way. In following seas just lower the lower unit down until it presented enough drag to control the dink re directional stability and speed on the face of waves. Raise the lower unit for normal running and minimum drag.

Should be easy enough to rig up w model radio control hardware.

I have thoughts about towing my 16' 40hp aluminum skiff behind my 30' Willard. Pulling alongside the mother boat should work fine w several ball fenders.
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In contrast, Ray demonstrated a high degree of expertise rowing C Coot:

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I have a towing idea.

Just tie into the tilt wiring of the dinghy OB and radio control the tilt function while under way. In following seas just lower the lower unit down until it presented enough drag to control the dink re directional stability and speed on the face of waves. Raise the lower unit for normal running and minimum drag.

Should be easy enough to rig up w model radio control hardware.

I have thoughts about towing my 16' 40hp aluminum skiff behind my 30' Willard. Pulling alongside the mother boat should work fine w several ball fenders.
Cool idea. Can't do it on ours. We have a 1979 Johnson 35hp 2-stroke no tilt( but man will she fly!
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I have a towing idea. Just tie into the tilt wiring of the dinghy OB and radio control the tilt function while under way. In following seas just lower the lower unit down until it presented enough drag to control the dink re directional stability and speed on the face of waves. Raise the lower unit for normal running and minimum drag. Should be easy enough to rig up w model radio control hardware. I have thoughts about towing my 16' 40hp aluminum skiff behind my 30' Willard. Pulling alongside the mother boat should work fine w several ball fenders.
Thats incredibly easy simple 1 channel radio with an 2 way solenoid.
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If the boat is big enough the 13ft BW is 5X the boat as the 11ft. .

One person launch and recovery is just a matter of spending the time , effort and bucks for the proper hoist .
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