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Apr-15-2017 @ 6:57 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all,
just a little question

Im comping down to the broads in sept on a hire boat (superior gem from stalham) and I am bringing my own 11foot dell quay dory.

how long should I make the rope for towing the dory from the hire boat.

I've just restored the boat and now getting the rope/weights/safty gear together

thanks mark



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Apr-15-2017 @ 7:11 PM                           Permalink
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With the boatyards permission I trust

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Ignoring the permissions and focussing on practicalities, the most stable method of towing a dinghy behind is with a vee shaped arrangement,  from towboat one side back to the dinghy then back to towboat other side....stops the dinghy sheering about from side to side.

I'd start with about 20ft of rope but from a blind guess I'd say have 30ft....you can always shorten but if it's too short you'll get bumped from behind every time you take power off and may also end up with a dinghy full of propwash.

Just in case you're tempted I'd also advise against having anyone in the dinghy whilst under tow...especially youngsters....seen it done lots but think through the 'what ifs' first....

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thanks for the reply
no one will be in the boat while under way (youngest of the group is me 43. older is 73)

not been on a hire boat for a few years,  and after selling my last boat I bought a dory now just need to equip it with all I may (may not) need.

today just fitted a set of nav lights and bilge pump, and mud weights



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I just wonder about the sense in doing this.  By the time you've covered the extra fuel and paid the toll would it not be cost effective to hire a dinghy?

The pace of life down there
suits us

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I was thinking the same thing.  There again how lovely to have your own, at least you know who has sat in it. Looks very smart.

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hi all,
having your own boat cost about the same as hiring one,

with a hire boat your not allowed to use at night and you can only use them in the channel where the hire boats go. so there are a lot of water (great fishing water) out of bounds.

and the biggest thing,  they don't have any outboard (I hate rowing for any distance). Smile .  



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