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Old 14 May 2013, 14:49   #11
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I was in a rib when we towed a 1720 across from pwllheli to abersoch behind a 5mt humber with a 60hp, that got on the plane and was fine, but then it was suited for it! Just get a long stretchy rope and plan for the weather.
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Old 14 May 2013, 15:25   #12
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Lash the helm on the sailboat. Have an adjustable to tow line so you can try to match the wave sets; I wouldn't plan on planing anything.
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Old 14 May 2013, 17:42   #13
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And don't tow alongside!! You will be slower, wetter, use more fuel and add to wear and tear on both boats....
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Old 15 May 2013, 03:27   #14
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When you start to get into to the confines of a harbour or it starts to get busy with other boats & you don't want to lash alongside
towing a drouge or an old car tyre on a short line behind the sailing boat helps stop the it from overtaking you or crashing into the back of your own boat if you have to stop or slow down quick
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Definitely tow! Motored an SB3 from hamble to Cowes for the RTI race. It took an incredibly longtime!
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Old 15 May 2013, 04:39   #16
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Silly Q - what speed does the yacht start to plane at? I've towed 420s on the plane with the SR4 still digging holes in the water....

Personally I'd rather have someone aboard the yacht on the helm - that way if it does overtake you can guarantee it will miss you!
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Old 15 May 2013, 05:01   #17
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the one thing to watch out for is the plugs oiling up, not sure how suceptable the mariners are to that but lots of medium/low revs running might clog them up a bit.
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Lash the helm on the sailboat. Have an adjustable to tow line so you can try to match the wave sets; I wouldn't plan on planing anything.
I'd much rather have someone steering the yacht, I think it'll be much safer that way if something goes wrong. I'm planning to take the line through a cleat and onto a winch onboard the yacht so we can adjust the length of the tow.

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And don't tow alongside!! You will be slower, wetter, use more fuel and add to wear and tear on both boats....
That's what I thought would happen, I can just imagine big jets of water shooting up between the two boats. :S It'll only come alongside when we're switching people between the boats and getting the boat through tricky spaces etc.

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When you start to get into to the confines of a harbour or it starts to get busy with other boats & you don't want to lash alongside
towing a drouge or an old car tyre on a short line behind the sailing boat helps stop the it from overtaking you or crashing into the back of your own boat if you have to stop or slow down quick
Ah thank you for the tip. I'll try and get hold of something like that, although I imagine we'll have to take the boat alongside so we can get someone onboard to get docklines out etc.

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Definitely tow! Motored an SB3 from hamble to Cowes for the RTI race. It took an incredibly longtime!
On an SB3 that must have been horrendous! Our boat is bigger and a bit more enclosed than an SB and it's still not fun.

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Silly Q - what speed does the yacht start to plane at? I've towed 420s on the plane with the SR4 still digging holes in the water....

Personally I'd rather have someone aboard the yacht on the helm - that way if it does overtake you can guarantee it will miss you!
It will get up on the plane at around 10 knots of boatspeed, it'll happily surf down any waves there are too. We don't have to tow it that fast but I just thought that getting the boat on the plane would reduce the loads in everything etc. I think having someone steering is the best way to do it, really don't fancy running it up the RIB's backside!

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the one thing to watch out for is the plugs oiling up, not sure how suceptable the mariners are to that but lots of medium/low revs running might clog them up a bit.
Oh I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the warning! I'll talk to the guy who looks after the engine for us and see if he thinks it'll be a problem.
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Towed a 1720 from Kip to Tarbert a few years ago, we averaged around 12 knots with the 1720 being towed astern, it was no bother at all. Cant remember exactly how much fuewas used, I do remember being surprised that I hadn't used more.
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Old 15 May 2013, 09:34   #20
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Thing with yachts is they are designed to either slip through the water with minimal resistance or skite across the top.....

Yonks ago I once towed some ridiculous tonnage of classic 8m into Rhu from the patch with a 25 on an SR4. Took lots of throttle and f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get moving, but once on the go I throttled back & let momentum do it's thing.
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