Originally Posted by Pete7
Climbing rope is dreadful stuff, after a while the salt water will make it very stiff and difficult to handle. Diving club used to be given the stuff when the climbers no longer had any confidence in it. Also it doesn't have any give. Why not use some 10 - 12 mm 3 strand normal rope, a length of 40 metres on board will double up for lots of different uses including long mooring lines and it will splice.
Ensure the boat being towed is nose up, eg no one standing in the bow or it will tend to bow steer uncontrollably all over the place. Outboard down can give the towed boat some steerage, but exceed about 12 knots with the engine switched on and in gear and she will bump start
Well that surprises me,the whole reason I was going down the climbing rope route was because the rope had give in it (so a falling climber dosen't get a broken back..) however it was an assumption I made.
The old rib did the all over the place steery thing (mainly when I forgot it was there and allowed the speed to climb) a,glance back to see the rib taking a fit, a loud "fork" and a dive for throttles.
the eyes under either side of the rib are supposed to stop that, the pull is from further back which should lift the bow...