Originally Posted by psneeld
just remember it's back there....sometimes easy to get distracted and forget now and then...
Good advice i have not always followed!
I now use an "automatic retrieval system" to bring in the towline when I slow down. The towline is retrieved enough so it clears the propellers but is loose enough so the dinghy doesn't bang against the boat.
In Keith's GB Classic it could work as shown below.
The yellow line is the towline which can be on a bridle or directly attached.
The red line is a long bungee cord that is attached at a specific point along the towline, runs through a small pullley block at the end of the boom and is then attached to the mast. (To accommodate a longer bungee cord, a second pulley block could be placed at the mast end and bunge cord doubled back and attached to the end of the boom.)
My boat is an "Europa" style so I attach the pulley at the rear edge of the flying bridge and run the bungee cord along the edge of the flying bridge to make it longer.
Even though the Admiral continues to be designated dinghy watcher this system provides additional safety.