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Tendering / pulling a 189 behind a sportfish

lowerkeyslowerkeys Posts: 99 Greenhorn
I have a friend with a 42 sportfish and was thinking about towing my 1996 189 behind his boat for a trip between keys and dry tortugas. My Egret doesn't have anything special built in the bow tow ring. Would this work or could this be a problem? The skiff would be relatively light and not loaded down so my initial thought is it shouldn't be a problem but I would hate to create an issue. I am planning on taking my center console on the trip so probably wouldn't be watching him cruise over during most of the trip.

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  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
    lowerkeys wrote: »
    I have a friend with a 42 sportfish and was thinking about towing my 1996 189 behind his boat for a trip between keys and dry tortugas. My Egret doesn't have anything special built in the bow tow ring. Would this work or could this be a problem? The skiff would be relatively light and not loaded down so my initial thought is it shouldn't be a problem but I would hate to create an issue. I am planning on taking my center console on the trip so probably wouldn't be watching him cruise over during most of the trip.

    If you don't have towing eyes on the boat, then just tie it off to the D-Ring/bow eye on the bow.(where you connect the strap for the winch) Do not use the anchor cleat.

    This is the tricky part and it not necessary but makes it easier to adjust tow line length as conditions change. Get a pully and tie it on a short line that is approximately the length of the beam of the sportfish. Now tie that to either the Port or Starboard cleat on the sportfish. Now take the tow line and tie it off the the opposite side run the other end thru the pully and tie it off on the Egrets bow eye.

    The easiest thing to do is to have this all layed out in the cockpit of the sportfish pull out of the marina and pull the Egret along side. Tie it off and trim the motor. Put the sportfish in gear and payout line. being careful not to get you lines into the prop of the sportfish. Figure a good length and adjust to have both boats running on the same face of waves. You can take in or let out line from the main tow line.

    If it's really rough you'll want to tie a separate line off the Egrets transom to cause drag so the Egret doesn't side or surf off the front side of the waves and cause slack in the tow line. Good Luck.
  • lowerkeyslowerkeys Posts: 99 Greenhorn
    Thank you. I understand your points and appreciate the detail. We are making this trip the weekend after July 4th.
  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
    lowerkeys wrote: »
    Thank you. I understand your points and appreciate the detail. We are making this trip the weekend after July 4th.

    A couple of things I didn't mention which problably will be a non issue since you'll be running a short distance and in good weather. Is to put a hose around the tow line to prevent chafing. The other is a small radar reflector on a pole in one of the poling platform rod holders. This makes it alot easier to find the boat at night and/rough conditions.

    In case you decide the leave the center console at home. You won't be the first one to run a Egret to the Dry Tortugas. Enjoy the trip!
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