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Old 04 August 2009, 14:05   #11
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Country: UK - England
Town: yorkshire
Boat name: little vicky
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regarding stress points on the boats D ring ,a good strong way is to fix the tow rope at the transom and then run under the boat and then through the D ring ,most of the strain is then taken on the transom and not on the d ring/ patches ,you could use a short bridle and run it over the boat and down through the d ring ,

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Old 05 August 2009, 05:42   #12
Country: UK - England
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Boat name: Searider / War Shot
Make: Avon / Scorpion
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No problem

My colleague tows our SR4m behind his 30' yacht all around the Solent with no problems. The yacht is slowed a bit but nothing to worry about.

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Old 05 August 2009, 06:00   #13
Country: UK - England
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Length: 6m +
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Reminds me of one of the (many) other stupid things I've done with boats. I was on holiday in Salcombe on the 'other' boat, a twin-engine cruiser, and, as it was a nice flat day, decided to tow the tender (Bombard 2.5m) with brand new 2.5hp Suzuki 4-stroke (also makes a good auxiliary for the RIB), round to Thurlestone for the day instead of hauling it aboard. All okay at displacement speed but at some point on the way round, I absent-mindedly (to put it generously) increased speed to ~16kts.

I arrived at Thurlestone to find (i) oars and inflatable seat missing (ii) tilt bracket on o/b mangled (iii) millky looking oil in the oil-level window. I suppose I was luck not to lose the SIB completely (actually I did that once as well) but at least I learned how to change the oil. Managed to get the tilt arm repaired and all okay since then.
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Old 06 August 2009, 17:11   #14
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Town: Kildonan, Arran
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Length: 6m +
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Originally Posted by jonstret View Post
Utopia solution is to buy a 65' boat with Davits. Whilst the wife agrees she isn't going to sign off 1m for the purchase just now !!!! :-(
To paraphrase:

Frustrated Ribster seeks wife mk II* with large wallet and larger yot.
Please send photo of yot.

*or whichever mk is appropriate...

(I hope Mrs. G. isn't reading this...)

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