The towing boat seemed to track well with very little input on the tiller.It looks very effective, but why?
Thanks, This matches my experience towing a heavy skiboat with a 500# Bucc 18, transom hung rudder and 4 hp. In other words, not as extreme as the video.If he towed with the engine/rudder aft of the 'tow bit', then the tow boat would be very maneuverable and could easily be too maneuverable (e.g., could spin out).
If he towed with the engine/rudder at or forward of the tow line (e.g., on the transom or a bridle), then the tow boat would be radically less maneuverable and might be unable to alter course at all.
Had a lot of fun dialing-in this matter doing fish research via 'kodiak trawl' (2 boats towing one net) using john boats and a 1600-ft net in a shallow forebay. 'Front drive' is a great solution. Wish I'd have thought of it.
looking again at 30 seconds, it may be tied to a crossmember starboard side.Towing is a common thing under the Blue Water Bridges, at the mouth of the St Clair River, up stream and down as the fleet or day racers are going out or in. I take only a braided lone from a tow so we just throw it off when done . They want their line back and get it when we feel it’s time to let go. most of the time lines are on a bow cleat of the boat in tow not the best place. When I’m towing a trailer boat out board non sail always on the tow ring on the bow of the tow, to to lifting rings on my outboard boats transom using braided line carried for towing. Most people in small boats would hand me twisted nylon hooked to a morring cleat, which I refuse to take.
What place in the dink in the video is the tow line around?