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Old 03-10-2011, 07:17 AM   #6
Capn Chuck
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RE: Prepare to tow or be towed.

We always want to help our fellow mariners in distress, but keep in mind there are limits. Any time you don't feel comfortable in your knowledge or skills in a towing situation, it should be left to a professional. At times it might be more helpful to stand by for assistance until a tow arrives rather than creating a worse situation. Towing another vessel can be downright dangerous under certain circumstances. If you don't know how to do it or are not sure of anything, especially the integrity of your or the other boats cleats, don't do it. Having said that, I wrote an article a while back on towing and posted it on our site and published it in Sail Magazine. The article is here, http://tinyurl.com/6kjaunx . Chuck
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