Originally Posted by Daniel TD5
it was just getting to boats side by side. herne bay is known for sort lumpey
waves so with one boat with no power and rich trying to sort the rope with out wraping it around his prop then jumping from boat to boat with the up and down stuff
it may be well worth a practice before hand we fixed to my bow line with rich
tow line say 20m of rope then pulled it home when its calm it very easy
any waves make it hard
live and learn
Absolute nonsense Dan...... I've been towed and towed others lots of times in far worse conditions that Sunday, due to lack of space my anchor line doubles up as a tow line (this works as i dont normally need to tow that oftern) on this occasion and knowing that the casualty was not going to go aground or hit anything the safest thing to do was hold off and get myself ready to take the casualty under tow, therefore i needed to disasemble the anchor line from its shackle and attach to my towing bridle around the back of the engine, then make sure the coiled rope was ready to pass over to the casualty boat, i then came alongside and whilst you held the two boats together i had you board my boat and then climbed across to the casualty boat to tie of the tow rope to your bow painter, then once you were aboard my boat i instructed you to gently feed the line out whilst i motored forwards gently until the tow line took up the strain on your boat.
The skill is in controling the situation and being ready
In this particular case it was better to have Dan aboard my boat as he's a heavy old lump
and we needed some weight up the front to help keep the bow down. We motored back into Herne Bay at a respectable 15 knots and once tied up along the slip way addressed the problem in hand.