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Old 06 January 2015, 06:43   #11
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Old 06 January 2015, 10:38   #12
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Only use I would have for TS would be as a nudge bar in a marina. We have towed countless boats/jet skis etc back in here and a rope bridle between the stern U bolts does the trick. Smooth rope bridle and a nice slippy thimble in the tow rope is even better. This year our first casualty with the rib was a fast fishing boat stuck against the sea wall and over some submerged rocks with not much water and a dropping tide. The handiest bit of kit there was the throwline slung over to him with shouted instructions to make it fast round a sterncleat as we didn't want him going on deck in the breaking waves. Backed off gently into safer water with the throw line around our bow cleat before transferring him to our tow rope/stern bridle and his bow eye for the trip back. We used to leave the bridle in place all the time, but the engine leg is somewhat fatter on the new engine so its clipped inside the boat.

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Old 06 January 2015, 12:14   #13
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I made one of these from things I had laying around my garage, except I did have to buy a $3 float. So some Spectra line that floats worked perfect as it came with loops on both ends. It was a removable section of an 85' wakeboard rope. The handle itself lives in my SIB for the driver to hold onto.

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Old 06 January 2015, 14:45   #14
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Old 07 January 2015, 13:48   #15
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Pembroke
Boat name: Rapscallion
Make: Humber Destroyer 6.0
Length: 5m +
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Problem with PeterC & Boatnomad's setup is the attachment point is fixed. you need the towline attachment point to be able to slide round the bridle so the load is aligned with the thrust of the motor (and to distribute the load across both D rings).
Pulley, sliding thimble or bit of alkathene pipe on the bridle all been mentioned here and all good workable options.
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Old 07 January 2015, 16:04   #16
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Hmm quite a lot of load on that cable tie!

I made similar for towing a doughnut, but put a knot in the bridle line and its fine for a doughnut but anything heftier then a sliding attachment point will be better

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