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Avoiding getting the dinghy painter around the prop


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What is the issue?
Dinghy painters have a tendency to foul props. This happens if the painter falls over the bow whilst underway with an outboard. The painter gets carried underneath the dingy, down and into the outboard prop. They also have a tendency to get around the yacht’s propeller. This can happen if the vessel is towing the dinghy and has to go astern for any reason. The towing tension drops causing the dingy to ride into the stern and drop its painter. It is then pulled down and around the reversing propeller.

Why address this?
Clearly this is a nuisance. However the most likely time to foul the yachts propeller with a dinghy painter is in a grounding situation. Here people power back quickly to attempt a re-float and forget a tender in tow. Thus they exacerbate an already challenging situation by adding a fouled prop into the situation.

How to address this?
Use a light polypropylene dinghy painter that floats. If you cannot find a grade of line that is reassuringly strong add floats or buoy so it cannot sink.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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