Originally Posted by BarflyRIB
do you have a picture of this - I don't understand what painter is...
'Painter' is English nautical jargon for the length of rope attached (usually permanently) to the bow of a small boat/dinghy, which is used to tie the boat up to something, or tow it.
On RIBs it is usually permanently attached to the 'D' ring on the stem head (bow) and led to a cleat on the tubes when under way. You must make sure that it is not long enough to foul the propeller if it falls over the side.