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Old 04-11-2014, 03:00 PM   #21
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Interesting thread. For those in the PNW or other areas with high, fast current, have you ever run into an issue where the strong current started to push the towed dink toward the boat doing the tow?
Simple act of the "towing" boat going fast enough through water (direction/speed of current is not a factor) to be "towing" the "towed" boat through water means that water drag on the "towed" boat's hull would keep it's tow line drawn back from rear of the "towing" boat.

If towing boat were moving slow enough through water, something like 1 mph or less, (again direction/speed of current is not a factor) and there was strong tail wind then if the towed boat has enough "sail" it may encroach upon rear of the towing boat. If that occurs then a bit more speed for the towing boat could be advisable!
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:32 PM   #22
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I think the bottom line on this thread is you have to experiment a little depending on the characteristics of the towing boat and the towed boat. Most outboards, on flatter bottom boats like my Whaler, and lighter boats like some inflatables, you can just dip the skeg into the water a tad, the prop never gets involved. Has made a big difference when we were towing these sorts of boats. But on deeper V tenders, that becomes less and less necessary. The slower you go, the simpler the rig can be. Consult the tender manufacturer to ensure that bow eye is robust enough especially if you are going to be in a seaway or going north of "trawler" speeds. We towed the Whaler through some bad to really awful stuff at 9 knots a variety of times and everything held up.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:37 PM   #23
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Interesting thread. For those in the PNW or other areas with high, fast current, have you ever run into an issue where the strong current started to push the towed dink toward the boat doing the tow?
Yup, the pic bellow was taken running past ripple rock just north of Campbell River. A tide pool opened up pulling me down one side and taking the towed boat up the other. Them pools can get big real fast. The pic was taken just after I started to get stuff back in line.

My pop looked over at me a said whos the guy trying to pass us, knowing full well it was our boat. Had enough HP left to play with. just an example. One of them do I run the wall through or just stick in the middle. There really is no good one fits all answer for the area.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:44 PM   #24
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I towed our 14' C-Dory behind our bigger boat last year for the first time. I bought a towing bridle from Top Knot and it worked well. When we we went into a marina, I stopped outside and tied the little boat to the port side and asked for a starboard tie.

We had no problems and it was easier to manage than I had imagined. However, we were in the San Juan's, so we were towing for short distances in protected waters. I didn't have to deal with any strong currents or following seas. I wanted to get some experience there before going any distances.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:37 PM   #25
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Yup, the pic bellow was taken running past ripple rock just north of Campbell River. A tide pool opened up pulling me down one side and taking the towed boat up the other. Them pools can get big real fast. The pic was taken just after I started to get stuff back in line.

My pop looked over at me a said whos the guy trying to pass us, knowing full well it was our boat. Had enough HP left to play with. just an example. One of them do I run the wall through or just stick in the middle. There really is no good one fits all answer for the area.
Exactly what I was worried about. I think the first year we will use the dink and the second year trailer the riverboat up to Seattle and tow it up the inside passage....
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:11 PM   #26
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Exactly what I was worried about. I think the first year we will use the dink and the second year trailer the riverboat up to Seattle and tow it up the inside passage....
Don't be scared... attach float balls to your tow line. You'll be OK. I think!
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