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newboater posted 11-28-2001 05:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for newboater   Send Email to newboater  
Hello all,

Has anyone towed a 13 behind a sailboat or similar boat at 7kts in the ocean before?

How does it handle and what's the best procedure?

The whaler has a ’75 40 hp Evinrude and when it sits still in the water it doesn’t self-drain. Should I pull the drain plug while towing or put in an automatic bilge pump?

I obviously want to prop the motor up with a stick right?

We plan to tow the little whaler 70 miles up the coast for our Christmas trip this year. Any help would be appreciated.

Dave S.
San Diego Ca

Blackeagle posted 11-28-2001 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Blackeagle  Send Email to Blackeagle     
Drain Plug Options:

#1: Leave it in - Problem is if it rains or water splashes aboard you'll end up with a flooded boat. Now being a whaler it shouldn't sink, but you'll be trying to tow a few extra tons of water behind your sailboat.

#2: Install a bilge pump and leave it in - Problem with this is that if it's raining or waves are splashing a lot of water into the boat the bilge pump could run quite a lot, which could run down the battery. This might mean you wouldn't be able to get it started. If you run the battery all the way down the bilge pump won't work and you'll essentially be in the same situation as #1 above.

#3: Leave it out - I assume that you probably don't get that much water in the boat at rest even with the plug out. You can always put the plug back in and pump the water out (or get it up to speed and plug it if the boat drains when you're up on plane) when you want to use the boat.

My $0.02

Tom W Clark posted 11-28-2001 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Dave, leave the plug out. Even if the boat ships a little water at rest, 7 knots will be fast enough for it to drain out (Venturi effect and all) and you won't have to worry about rain, spray and waves.

A 13' will track just fine, I've done it many times. You probably don't need to take any extraordinary precautions with bracing the motor, but it won't hurt either. If you are running in a severe following sea you might want to leave the motor down for the extra drag it will provide. This will help prevent a broach.

Be sure any gear in the Whaler is securely lashed down. You'd be surprised what you can loose.

lhg posted 11-28-2001 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Somewhere, way, way back in this Forum, there is detailed discussion on towing a small Whaler, including some quotes from the BW manual.
Blackeagle posted 11-28-2001 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Blackeagle  Send Email to Blackeagle

Is this it?

jimh posted 11-28-2001 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Some of these comments are applicable to your situation--See:

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