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Old 28 June 2005, 03:16   #11
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Let sleeping dogs lie

Codprawn - the dog is fine she didn't even hesitate at getting back on the boat, according to our team leader at the event how was on the pontoon doing safety briefings etc for the kids said that the boat was so far tilted into the water the rope that runs along the top side of tubes was in the water and he couldn't believe it didn't go all the way over... the dog being laid in the bottom of the boat sat up and looked at me as if to say "what's going on...where's everybody gone" as i was being hauled out of the water onto another boat. I don't think there are any pictures of the actual incident but i think it would probably scare me half to death if I did see pictures of what happened.... and what did the kids say... I didn't think they were supposed to go in too....ahhh bless 'em

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Sounds like a "breakable link" or similar would be a good idea in the towline if the load gets too great!!!
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Old 29 June 2005, 12:04   #13
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How was your towing line arranged - single line or bridle?
If single line, where was it attached (centrally or to the side?)
If bridle, did it have a fixed or sliding attachment to the banana's line?
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How was your towing line arranged - single line or bridle?
If single line, where was it attached (centrally or to the side?)
If bridle, did it have a fixed or sliding attachment to the banana's line?
Hello Richard

We had a bridle fitted to the rear towing eyes on th transom. The bridle was indeed of the fixed variety.

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1.KeyMar ready for the off
2.Keran and Cody ready for the day
3.2000m of lake on a Summer evening
4.The offending item!!
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A couple more.

1.Me mate Dave and his Sea Chaser
2.Bombard Rib also helping out

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I'm just wondering if a sudden transfer of tension from one side to the other of the bridle would be enough to snap the boat around at the wrong moment?

We often tow with a similar fixed bridle, but only at slow speed (upto 18kts) and can certainly feel the transfer of tension from one side to the other when the towed vessel yaws or we change course.
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I had a conversation with Tim Griffin and that is more or less the conclusion that we came too. Still we live and learn. As I have said before, it has'nt knocked our confidence but we will certainly have more respect.

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