Towing sucks but having a nice big dinghy is really nice. I almost towed my 16' skiff behind Willy this summer but changed my mind. Wish there was a remote to raise and lower the OB leg from the mother boat
so I could use the OB as a drouge in following seas. One thing about a towed dinghy is that as a lifeboat it's already launched. Here's a pic of a big trawler w an 18' Diablo skiff alongside. He towed it to Petersburg from Puget Sound. 2nd pic is my skiff.
The third pic is of my friend Ed w his Willard in the background and our skiff just barely visible just to the right of Ed's hat. Ed lives by himself on Marble Island and commutes to Craig (pop 1800) for mail and supplies usually once a month. He always tows his 14' heavy aluminum skiff w 15hp Mercury OB. Was handy. When I was out w him once I wanted to check out a small inlet he didn't want to enter with the Willard so I just buzzed on in w his skiff and back out. He just made a cup of coffee in the 10 minutes I was gone.
Dude, You must live in the wrong part of Alaska. We just leave our car keys in the car ..almost always. Unless I need money I don't even take my wallet w me. Sure is nice not to have that rock on my but.
-- Edited by nomadwilly on Tuesday 6th of September 2011 10:16:18 AM