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Old 26 July 2006, 06:30   #1
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Towing a rowing boat

Hi, does anyone have any advice for towing a rowing boat? I'm guard-boating for a rowing race and need to tow the boat to and from the venue in open sea. Its a 10m long boat, but pretty light. Last time I towed it it weaved about all over the place over 10kts. Its a 30 mile trip so I would really like to be able to tow at more like 20kts.

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Old 26 July 2006, 06:39   #2
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It would probably benefit from a rudder. That way, with someone sitting in it, they can steer it so it stays right behind you.

An oar lashed on to its transom should work, but 20knts sounds fast enough to me!
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Old 26 July 2006, 06:44   #3
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what is the rowing boat constructed from?
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Don't fancy that. It sounds like a pilot gig. I've towed sailing dinghies which will dive around at speed also. The only advice I can give is to keep it on a longish tow line to keep it out of the worst of the wake and perhaps have a couple of people back aft to try and get the forward section of keel up. This way it might do as you (the tow boat) wants rather than do it's own thing. Having someone on the tiller would also be good.
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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.
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Don't fancy that. It sounds like a pilot gig. I've towed sailing dinghies which will dive around at speed also. The only advice I can give is to keep it on a longish tow line to keep it out of the worst of the wake and perhaps have a couple of people back aft to try and get the forward section of keel up. This way it might do as you (the tow boat) wants rather than do it's own thing. Having someone on the tiller would also be good.

yep I would agree with Mollers above, execpt that if it is 30 miles surely it would be quicker, easier and less risk to the rowing boat if you towed by road.

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Thanks for the replies. I can't tow by road because its Carteret to Guernsey!

Its GRP.

The boat does have a rudder, so I guess fixing that might help and last time they attached a fender with some chain as a drogue, but it didn't seem to do much.

I guess being such a long narrow boat causes it to wander like that. I can't see anyone wanting to sit in it whilst being towed..
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A bucket or a bundle of rope can work wonders, it is worth playing around with it because depending on where you tie the bucket will have an effect on where the rowing boat sits. Des
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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!!!
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I used to tow a lot of sculling boats (mainly singles and quads) when I used to drive rescue boats for a rowing club three times a week. The best way to do it is along side the towing boat. However your talking about open sea not a nice calm river so behind is probably best. I assume its a coastal boat not a river one....

You'll find that if you can get two people to sit in it with a blade each it will go in a nice straight line as they will be able to steer and balance it with their blades.
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