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Old 03-09-2015, 12:39 AM   #21
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Boat hook? lol. Best thing would be to have safety duplicate lines from boat to tender.

Usually we run a second rope through the gimbal on the towline to the trailer eye connection. I think it's a pretty good back up. If the main towline breaks I've got bigger problems as it's rated for 50k lb's. Also going to run a soft shackle between the two legs of the main tow line. It will be our first time with it, as the old one is now a back up.
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Old 03-09-2015, 12:55 AM   #22
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Good question, frankly. I don't know.
Here is what I do. I set up a large inflatable tube like you tow kids around in with, with a 100 plus feet of line on it. That way I can put a crew member in it with an inflatable life vest on and tow them to the tender. They can grab the tender and flop into it from the tube. But if they fall out you can release the tube and they have a "liferaft" to get in or hang on to. Plus you can see the tube very well even in rough seas as opposed to trying to see just a floating person.

Of course if it's to rough you just have to write off the tender because it's not worth hurting or killing someone over it.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, when I tow I always leave the keys in it so it's ready to start quickly.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:03 AM   #23
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Here is what I do. I set up a large inflatable tube like you tow kids around in with a 100 plus feet of line on it. That way I can put a crew member in it with an inflatable life vest on and tow them to the tender. They can grab the tender and flop into it from the tube. But if they fall out you can release the tube and the have a "liferaft" plus you can see the tube very well even in rough seas as opposed to trying to see just a floating person.

Of course if it's to rough you just have to write off the tender because it's not worth hurting or killing someone over it.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, when I tow I always leave the keys in it so it's ready to start quickly.

I have a old tube laying around so that works out perfect, thanks!
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:20 AM   #24
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Your chosen route is almost hazard free. The freight boats do it all the time. Just don't hit Center of the World rock or you may be on the cover of the Abaconian. Going north of Sail Cay watch for sail rocks as you come around. Going south give Sail Cay at least 2 miles due to the long sand ridge that you will not be able to see at night.
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Towing large tenders is common place today, all over New England that's all you see, well founded supported mount on towed vessel and extra heavy duty bridle is what you need.
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Your chosen route is almost hazard free. The freight boats do it all the time. Just don't hit Center of the World rock or you may be on the cover of the Abaconian. Going north of Sail Cay watch for sail rocks as you come around. Going south give Sail Cay at least 2 miles due to the long sand ridge that you will not be able to see at night.
Exactly what i was going to do. I still wonder how that frickin' rock got right in the center of the channel.
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:50 AM   #27
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Towing large tenders is common place today, all over New England that's all you see, well founded supported mount on towed vessel and extra heavy duty bridle is what you need.
Yep, Ive seen tenders upto 43ft towed here. We have all overkill on the hardware side so nothing should go wrong.
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Put a radar detector on the t-top of your skiff so you will pick it up on radar at nite.
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I've run it that way a couple of times. Went on the Bank once north of Memory Rock, and once at White Sand Ridge. You should have 12-18 ft of depth to Great Sale. Hit the Explorer Charts waypoints, and you should be fine.

Oliver, when are you going?
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Anybody run little Bahama bank at night?

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I've run it that way a couple of times. Went on the Bank once north of Memory Rock, and once at White Sand Ridge. You should have 12-18 ft of depth to Great Sale. Hit the Explorer Charts waypoints, and you should be fine.

Oliver, when are you going?

Well the new plan is leave the evening of the 1st and arrive the evening of the 2nd at Green Turtle Cay depending on how good of time we make we'll go in and dock or if it's to dark we'll anchor our front and wait till the morning. Stay there a couple days then onto Marsh Harbour. We'll be heading home the 10th or 11th.
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:11 PM   #31
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Put a radar detector on the t-top of your skiff so you will pick it up on radar at nite.

Yep, we got one. Even put it up in the day if towing for long distances.
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we have run from Stuart at night and crossed onto the banks north of memory rock; no problem at all. Usually spent the afternoon and next night at Great Sale or Grand before heading to GT.
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