What Procedures Are Necessary When Towing a Dinghy?


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Towing a dinghy requires flexibility in response to different types of dinghies and sailing conditions. For hard dinghies, attach the tow line at the bow at least 6 inches below the stem. For inflatable dinghies, connect a towing bridle to two points on either side of the bow.

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What Procedures Are Necessary When Towing a Dinghy?
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Ensure that the tow line is a floating line to prevent it from drooping below the water line and fouling the boat's prop or rudder. Move the dinghy outboard engine to a rail mount to prevent damage or loss due to immersion if the dingy overturns.

Rough sailing conditions require a few extra precautions. Lengthen the tow line to prevent waves from driving the dinghy forward into the towing boat and potentially damaging one or both. Pull inflatable dinghies close to the boat to prevent the dinghy from being dragged away. If sailing conditions continue to worsen, take the dinghy on board and lash it upside-down on the foredeck.

If the dinghy capsizes, slow the towing boar and bring the tow line forward on the leeward side. Once the boat is protecting the dinghy, hoist it, clear it of water, and right it. A hard dinghy may require the use of a block and winch.

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