Originally Posted by PacificNWrib
The tow post would be to tow other vessels that are in need.
Hmmm. I assume you'll be towing the disabled vessel behind you? Having the tow line secured at the bow of your boat is going to make the steering awfully twitchy.
When I tow a disabled boat, I usually use one of the transom eyes, and keep the line fairly long (additional stretch helps absorb shock loading.) [Note: I have been considering adding a small post on the motor pod (essentially a swim step, I guess) for these situations.]
When approaching a dock or marina or other tight quarters, I go side-by-side, with my boat tied as far back on the disabled vessel as possible (makes steering easier. Still goofy, but easier.)