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Size limits for towing a center console?

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by zen, Jan 20, 2019.

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  1. zen

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    Can anyone add insight on how planing speeds for the towed vessel might come into the picture? One of the center consoles we're looking at (Regulator) doesn't get on plane until 25 knots and it got me wondering if this would be a problem if the big boat only cruises at 18 knots. A couple of the other CC options can get on plane at lower speeds. I'm guessing this is the type of question that requires you to try it out for a definitive answer, but I'm just trying to avoid making an obvious mistake with the CC purchase.
  2. Trak

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    Planing speeds for the towed vessel dont come into play. I think most towed boats are towing under planing speed. There are several adjustments to the quality of the tow. Towing bridle length is one. I think we tow on the back of the second wave. Speed is another factor. We typically tow at 11 kts. This is mostly for burn rate. We can adjust speed up or down a bit to increase the quality of the tow. Some like to tow with outboards up, and some with motors down. Motors down make tow track better but increase drag.

    Get the boat that you want as long as the insurance company will insure it, and you feel comfortable towing it.
  3. Capt J

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    I always tow with the motors only partially down. Usually trimmed up until the prop is just under the water. It creates enough drag to keep the tow straight and for the tow to slow down quicker than you do, if you have to slow down in a hurry.
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    That makes me cringe. What do you do ? Just chug along and hope for Devine Providence ?
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    I'd try out with lots of weight half way down the hawser. Reduce that snapping action and may keep the tow straighter. Maybe a drogue on the tow.
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    How to get a drogue on the tow in that sea state ? Maybe deploy it ahead of the weather if you knew it was coming ?

    I am assuming ( I know what happens when I Ass u me ) the captain did not see this weather coming and had to ride it out with nerves on edge !
  8. Capt J

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    I had to swim to one in seas like that, in a life jacket and safety line attached to me, get in it, unhook it and run the center console back when I was a mate many years ago. The other option is to get in it and put the engines all of the way down to create more drag. Honestly it probably would do fine like that.
  9. zen

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    I had someone who tows a CC suggest a remote engine trim setup. According to him, he could raise and lower the engine of the CC from the lead vessel with a handheld remote for situations like this. I did some googling at the time and didn't find much, but made a note to follow up with him when we find our larger vessel. Has anyone employed such a device?
  10. Pascal

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    There are number of remotes that could be used as long as they have enough range. For instance Lewmar has a remote for dual windlasses which could be easily hooked up to the trim circuits and activated from the aft deck.