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crawl posted 09-15-2005 03:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for crawl   Send Email to crawl  
I'm kinda wanting to tow "stuff" with my nantucket. Mainly tubes, the ocasional wakeboard , any ideas on how to attach the tow line other than a bridle off the cleats? (I'm not big on the idea of snagging it in my prop} Does someone make a decent looking mini tower that cradles over the powerhead? I fish off it alot so I'm not into a full on tower that would be in the way.
Riverwhaler posted 09-15-2005 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Riverwhaler  Send Email to Riverwhaler     
West Marine has a bridle that is polypropalene (sp) that floats, I use it and hav not gotten it into the prop. Same idea goes for the tow rope, they have one specially for towing tubes etc.
Sal A posted 09-15-2005 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Ditto what Riverwhaler said.
Riverwhaler posted 09-15-2005 07:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Riverwhaler  Send Email to Riverwhaler     
Also tow from the rear tie downs not the cleats, the bridle has a pulley to equalize the pull.
kline posted 09-15-2005 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for kline  Send Email to kline     
I have done a great dwal of towing with my Nantucket (135 opti). Skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. As the others have stated using a bridle with a float, no problems.

A related question, has anyone towed another boat with the Nantucket? I had a buddy's boat break down about 15 miles from the marina, an electrical problem. I went to meet him and tried to help out (brought a jump box), but did not want to try and tow him (his boat is about a 31 footer). I waited with him until he contacted Sea Tow. Luckily he had the insurance or I might have tried it, would have been around $600.

Buckda posted 09-15-2005 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Kline -

Towing another boat:

In your case, towing him "on your hip" or alongside your boat, is difficult - but can be done fairly well in calm water for maximum control in close maneuvering for same-size or smaller vessels.

In your case, it is an example of why it's a good idea to have stronger-than-'necessary' lines aboard. If you have a length of 1" or even 1 1/2" diameter line, you can rig a strong bridle through your tow eyes at the transom, and then attach a length of anchor line (if he doesn't have a chain rode, use his) and tow him slowly home. You'll have to play with the length a bit--generally, you want him going into waves at the same time you are - so timing/adjusting the length of the line for the sea conditions is important.

Of major concern when towing a boat of this size is speed. (Too much speed strains the line and increases risk of breakage and a dangerous snap back).

Before towing him, have your passengers go in front of the console. If your buddy won't leave his boat, be sure he is in the aft portion and stays off the bow. If you see him on the bow of the boat, go back into neutral.

DON'T use nylon line. It stretches and has elasticity that can produce dangerous/disasterous results if broken under strain.

DON'T use your cleats to secure a towing line.

There are a few articles here about this sort of thing that go into all of the details. A short search should produce them for you.


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