What is the issue?If you are becalmed and have an engine failure the vessel is effectively helpless and your natural resort is to notify the Coastguard or ask for a tow from a passing boat.
Why address this?Apart from being a personal inconvenience the vessel could be impeding a busy waterway or be in danger as a result.
How to address this?You have one other means of propulsion to get the vessel in before asking for help. If you have a decent outboard it may be enough to use the tender to move the vessel in calm conditions.
Photo: Michael Harpur
If you have not tried this before the line arrangements presented below are the most effective route for a dinghy tow. The dinghy needs to be manned to prevent it from tipping up.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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