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Old 28 February 2013, 11:42   #11
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If you can do an eye splice any decent offcut of 3- strand for myour local chandler.

+1 for al lthe comments above, and I'll throw this into the mix as a thought - I have a spinnaker snap shackle fixed to one of my towing eyes. All because many moons ago I was towing a large Yacht, the guy at the helm of which was too busty watching the scottish scenery go by. He didnlt notice the small gust of winfd, and his flapping sails filled for about 30 seconds. It shot past me, and next thing I knew I was being towed stern first. If it wasn't for the guy on the bow of the yacht fighting to uncleat us, there's a chance the entire engine would have been dragged under.

The Spi cleat allows me to dump the bridle (& the tow) at second's notice - the luminous yellow release line runs almost the full length of the boat up the toob.

Another of those PhD (hindsight) meets naeivety of towing moments... and of course I've not had to tow anything in anger since!

(I'l try to remmeber to take a pic tonight on the assumption someone will want to see it!)
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Old 28 February 2013, 13:41   #12
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and this very good article by Dave Mallett
ooh thats an old one, I were nowt but a lad then with hair on both my face and m'head. Both of which are now sadly follically challenged.
We have a rope bridle permanently attached twixt stern eyes, sorta fix n forget..tend to use it a lot for various unfortunates..hope they're there and remember if I want a bit of assistance.
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Historically lifeboats have not carried towing lights and they do "tend to do a bit", even though the stock answer is that it is for life saving not towing...but in the real world
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If you get the option, you really need one person to watch the towed boat and another to drive. Agree signals in advance. (Perhaps we should fit rear view mirrors? If towing solo, a mirror would be invaluable, but I have never seen one fitted to a boat.)

I wonder about putting a ring on the bridle to attach the towed boat's line. A knot was adequate, but didn't slide very freely.

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Old 01 March 2013, 11:41   #14
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We have a rope bridle permanently attached twixt stern eyes, sorta fix n forget..
Then you want to get the engine off!

For that very reason I fitted a shackle at one end - the other end is held by the spinnaker quick release type (should have said above - only the ones for Yacht spinnys will guarantee to let go when "tripped" - "standard" snap shackles are highly likely to hook the rope eye on the moving bit)


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I wonder about putting a ring on the bridle to attach the towed boat's line. A knot was adequate, but didn't slide very freely.
Good idea, I have also used a slippy (shiny smooth surface) rope - had to do double the length of eye splice to keep it put tho'
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nope you got me ...what does that mean??
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Can anyone point me in the right direction for a heavy duty towing bridle ?
Needs to be very strong as will be used often.
Would i go to a specialist rigger ?
Any info would be great .

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I've always found a stout piece of rope is good for making a heavy duty towing bridle. You can cut it to length with a knife and tie a knot in either end to fix it in place. It's inexpensive and not too hard to find either.
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I've always found a stout piece of rope is good for making a heavy duty towing bridle. You can cut it to length with a knife and tie a knot in either end to fix it in place. It's inexpensive and not too hard to find either.
Towing Kerny Back in Scoland gave the Spur to knock one up. Strong Rope with Two Carabina's to Fit my Transum- Loosely-(Hopefully not Someone Else's!) Small Bouy that clips on to central Ring.
When we Towed in Scotland conditions were Pretty Beniegn,and it still took Quite a few minutes to sort out a Cradle-Cut rope- Bouy ect.In a Heavey Sea Lee shore-Close to Rocks- no Power ect..ect I think I'd be Happy to have it in the Hold
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Towing Kerny Back in Scoland
Should of done a runner and left him there when we had the chance
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Maxi - the advice above above the carabiners was interesting. Maybe a case for a locking crab?
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