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Old 12 April 2004, 12:29   #1
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I mentioned earlier that we planned to do some practice before the season started in earnest. Well, today Andy in Awesome Explorer and me in Cyanide went out to play in Torbay.

First we set a sea anchor and recovered it.
It worked well but pulling it back on board was quite dificult. We learned that in future we would attach a line plus maybe a small bouy to the "closed" end of the parachute to make recovery easier.

Next we tried towing each other.
Andy tows me:
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Then I tow Andy:
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We learned that the Sheeps Bend DOES NOT hold two dissimilar ropes together, but two bowlines work just fine.


Then we tried towing side-by-side.
We learned this is fine if you follow the book. If the tug is ahead of the casualty you definately CANNOT steer (we went round in a complete circle even with the helm hard over on the opposite lock).
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So it was you who we were paged for today!!!!! only joking.
Good to see you out practising towing etc. So many boat owners have never had the experience. When I get my 6.5 I will come out as well.
Reference the "Sheet Bend", were you using a Double sheet bend?
Last year I towed a 38ft Yacht off Scabbacombe Beach near Dartmouth back to Brixham Marina with the tow lines (made up of mooring line and anchor warp of different thicknesses) without any problem but they were doubles.
Perhaps lets try it again in a couple of weeks when the new FLYBY arrives.

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And what a lovely flat sea is was down in that part of the world.

Did you try manovering with the unpowered vessel on both sides of the powered or driven vessel ?? Either way recomend the 'dead' weight be forward of the rear of the driven vessel if you intend to manouver.

Did you try going astern as well as forward ? You may need to go astern when you eventually got the 'dead' weight vessel back to safe haven !!
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Sounds like you had a good day Brian

What I find when reversing is when the boat starts to veer off in the wrong dir, give the engine a gentle kick ahead so both boats go back into the right dir - sometimes I find it's possible without even stopping the backward movement.

Hopefully I won't be doing many towing jobs this year - sailing boats going aground, speed boats running out of petrol etc... all good fun....

When we move our work pontoon around the dock with the dory, if the dory is at the back as it should be, the tow angle actually runs at around 35 degrees off straight even though you're going in a straight line - it feels and looks odd, but it works though.

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So it was you who we were paged for today!!!!! only joking.
Good to see you out practising towing etc. So many boat owners have never had the experience. When I get my 6.5 I will come out as well.
Reference the "Sheet Bend", were you using a Double sheet bend?
agree with dave re the double sheet bend working, try a hunters bend thats
a good one nice to see people putting it all into practice, makes for safer boating .
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We found that when the two rope types were badly mismatched (one thin nylon and "slippery" and the other 25mm properly plaited) the thin rope cut badly into the thicker one and would have also slipped through but for a knot at its end.
I am sure you are "right", after all it's what the RNLI also recommend, it's just that it didn't work for us.
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I, like Homer Simpson, cannot remember something new without pushing out some old stuff to make room. Sheeps Bend, double ditto, Hunters whatsit. Bloody hell I have enough trouble doing a bowline, and even then I can't tie it without moving my lips!
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Yes, we tried several alongside towing methods and you are quite right, you must be behind the casualty if you are the tug. Reversing was fine, if not even easier. Also we reckon that the alongside method is only for in-harbour working. In anything other than a flat sea the damage to either boat seems almost guaranteed.
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It occured to Andy and I that we ought to ask you pros what do we do when we want two boats to tow one. The 3 boats that normally cruise together weigh 6, 5 and 3.5 tons respectively so it's not an idle problem.
I assume that 3 boats in line astern is no good and that we ought to form a V formation with the two tugs at the front?
How would you then attach to the casualty? By individual lines? If so how do the two tugs coordinate speed and direction?
If on a rolling yoke, what would this configuration look like?
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can't see why you would want two boats to tow one
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