Looks like I should probably try getting onboard the boat from the transom..... not sure how easy it'll be with the a-frame in the correct position to knock me out just as I step up onto the engine though
When towing another rib back from half way out to Skomer last Summer, we opted to tow it inline with my rib since there was a lot of current around which was causing a fair bit of chop and the two boats were moving around quite a bit. At the time, we used around 20metres of rope, and made sure one person was right at the back of the other rib to try and keep it going straight. Although we were only making 4.5knots, both boats were quite happy and with the line constantly tight, there was no jarring either. As we got back, I went alongside for the last bit of tow, and proceeded very slowly into the lock pits so as not to damage the tubes on either rib.
I like Dave M's pic there (nice angle between boats) - how do you find towing the larger rib with the little'n?
I've only got experience really with towing sailing and motor boats with the dory at work either into marina berths in gales or into the boat hoist.