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Old 26 July 2006, 06:54   #11
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Originally Posted by slimtim
tie a bucket to a length of rope and tow that behind the rowing boat, that should reduce the weaving. The boatman at my yacht club did this when a load of RS k6's lost their rudders in a race last year.
One of the things to watch when you use a sea anchor on a boat being towed ( or multiple boats astern) is to be aware of the load being carried through the boat between tow rope and sea anchor attachment points, as for a fragile racing boat that could cause damage.


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Old 26 July 2006, 07:29   #12
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Hi, I'm also guard-boating for this race!

I was wondering what people's thoughts are on using a couple of poles, maybe about 3m long each, and using those to tow the boat.

Each pole would have a bolt-through eyelet at each end.
Then I could use carabiners to attach one end of each pole to the towing eye of my boat, and attach both other ends to the rowing boat's towing eye.

See attached dodgy diagram.

Because the linkages are fairly loose, it allows the towed boat a bit of pitch and roll, but at the same time, keeps it directly behind the towing boat.

Any thoughts?!
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Old 26 July 2006, 07:41   #13
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Originally Posted by SimonCampbell
Any thoughts?!

dat luks a grayt iydea. gow forr itt.


s.p. i cann sel yew a cuvver an sum syde pannuls forr a hoptimakks 200 wen yew gett bakk
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Old 26 July 2006, 07:44   #14
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Hi Simon

I think it would damage the towed boat. If it twists too much there's loads of strain transfered to the towing eye in the bow. It also means the boat will be right in the wake.

I'd certainly practice first before setting off!!
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Old 26 July 2006, 07:55   #15
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Originally Posted by codprawn
It also depends on where you attach the tow rope - on the boat and your rib. If you have a strong A frame attach the rope as high as you can and as low as you can on the boat to be towed - think of it a bit like wakeboarding!!!
....and you have actually done this?
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Old 26 July 2006, 09:21   #16
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A ski bridle does the same thing. Not sure about those poles bangin' about.
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Old 26 July 2006, 13:02   #17
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I have towed Celtic Longboats before down at our local yacht club (google search comes up with this for info) and they do not like planing. What we have found is that they're very stable upto a point, then they try to plane, and consequently try and go into a capsize. To stop it weaving all over the place, have someone sat in the back on the rudder and it's fine upto around 8knots.

Personally, I'd never try and tow anything like that at 20knots, since any minor adjustment could result in a capsize, and you wouldn't have time to slow down and recover it before it goes over.

I have seen Pembs Watersports towing a line of around 6 or 7 toppers on the plane before now and it does look very good without anyone in the boats, although they do not look at all stable.

As annoying and frustrating as it may be for a rib, you may be stuck with a sedate 6 or 7knots for the journey I'm afraid

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Old 26 July 2006, 14:03   #18
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As I recall, longer boats (kayaks, canoes, etc; should apply to your job as well) benefit from being towed so as to bring the bow of the tow up. Puts the stern in the water, causing it to track better (though I'm not sure what it'll do at 20 kts...)

On something like a canoe or kayak, having something like a large loop placed around the bow, with the splice under the keel is a good setup. Don't know if your racing boat will handle that, but if you're towing, you're going to have to anchor the towline somewhere...

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Old 26 July 2006, 14:09   #19
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If they like rowing, let the hard men row it there as well. Have a good nights sleep and meet up with them the next day.
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Old 26 July 2006, 16:36   #20
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I towed one of these last year to Sark. I couldn't get the rib onto the plane without risk of the rowing boat capsizing. I looked at others and they all seemed to have much longer tow ropes than me and were able to go full pelt. My advice would be to go for as long a tow line as poss.
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