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Mike in Seattle posted 05-08-2000 11:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mike in Seattle   Send Email to Mike in Seattle  
We love our BW 15 so much, we can't stand to leave it at the dock when we take out our big boat. The whaler is too big to go on top so I want to tow it on some trips. Anyone have any experience with this? Ideas and considerations for bridles, tow ropes (type and length) and any other "tricks" appreciated. Our big boat is a 46' that cruises about 18 knots. Thanks.
jimh posted 05-09-2000 12:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I've towed plenty of inflatibles behind a sailboat at 4-7 knots, but never tried towing at 18 knots!

For starters, I would try running a continuous length of line from one corner of your towing boat's transom, back to the Whaler, through the bow-eye, and back to the other corner of the transom.

Have some extra length on this line available so you can "tune" the position of the whaler on your wake and stern waves. There should be a spot that makes for the best towing.

Of course, raise the outboard out of the water while towing. This will decrease you drag enormously.

And I'd leave the drain open on the Whaler, If it takes a wave on board it should drain itself out in a few minutes.

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konoco posted 05-09-2000 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for konoco  Send Email to konoco     
Watch out for the rooster tail,I tow mine at 26mph behind a 38 foot boat,all the rest of jims advice is dead on,stay a head of the rooster tail and mark your lines,so you can go back to the same spot. Be carefull when you slow down its real easey to get tangled in those lines
lhg posted 05-11-2000 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jim's info seems about correct. Whaler's owner's manual says: "At higher planing speeds, a tendency to yaw steadily from side to side must be overcome. Towing on a bridle as shown is effective. (they show a picture of a whaler being towed on the "higher" water about two boat lengths behind the convergence of the wake "v"). Bridle length, of course, will vary with the wake characteristic of your boat and prevailing sea conditions. TWO separate lines should be secured to the Whaler bow eye. (They show each line connected to a towing eye on the transom corners of the tow vessel.)

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