Buckscorider

Tow Rope or No Tow Rope??

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Do you guys with boats carry a tow rope? 

 

I started inshore fishing with a guy (very new captain with 24 foot single engine Grady) and he has none. Says he would call for a tow and they have one.

 

I asked what if the break down happens in a sketchy spot, and tow company isn't there. He said he would drop the anchor.

 

I actually had to call Coast Guard for a broke down  guy in an inlet this season.

 I'm standing on the rocks and he's dead in the water in front of me standing, waving his arms in a panic.

 

I call 911 for him and it was a while before a police boat showed and towed him.

It also took a while for his anchor to grab too. He was dealing with wake after wake from weekend traffic and he wasn't far from the rocks.

Coast Guard eventually showed and escorted the Police boat tow.

 

Seems like a no brainer to me to have the tow rope in case a good samaritan offers a tow. 

 

Thoughts? 

 

Thanks!

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I always have extra lengths of rope on board....but a tow rope?  No.

 

I have 600ft of anchor rode in the bow of the mako, flaked out in such a way that I can deploy the anchor AND still have a very long length available to throw...or for a tow rope.

 

If he has enough anchor line (most don't) I don't see it as an issue

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33 mins ago, makorider said:

If he has enough anchor line (most don't) I don't see it as an issue

Thanks for the response.

 

He doesn't that I know of. 

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1 min ago, nightfighter said:

I have tied my dock lines bowline to bowline, to tow others before. I carry six dock lines.

I don't think he carries extra dock lines. I'll check this weekend. 

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18 mins ago, nightfighter said:

I have tied my dock lines bowline to bowline, to tow others before. I carry six dock lines.

This, at a minimum.  Maybe not six, but...

16 mins ago, Buckscorider said:

I don't think he carries extra dock lines. I'll check this weekend. 

he should.  For reasons other than docking or towing, might save his ass some day in some way

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13 mins ago, makorider said:

This, at a minimum.  Maybe not six, but...

he should.  For reasons other than docking or towing, might save his ass some day in some way

I thought so too! 

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I have plenty of rope that can do double duty.   I use my tube tow rope as my stern anchor line, tow line, dockline, clothesline etc. 

 

Takes up no space and easy to deploy. Every boat should have something that can reach 50-100' and pull a boat

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You should always have extra rope on board.  Even to just extend and anchor line in rough weather

 

50 feet of rope in 40 feet of water is great in flat calm.  Add high winds and it will no longer work

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1 hour ago, sams said:

I use the anchor rode or dock lines.  I don't carry a specific tow line.

 

sam

Thanks, so if you were broke down, anchor wasn't keeping you from heading for rocks you would throw your anchor line or dock lines to a good samaritan offering a tow?

 

Thanks again, I just cant see in an emergency, cutting the anchor of your anchor line to throw to the other boat, especially if the anchor was deployed because the engine stopped. 

And looping dock lines together to throw and use for a tow?

 

Why not just have 100 feet of strong line on board in case you ever need to toss a line to a good samaritan for an emergency tow? 

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I have more than 500' of anchor line plus close to 100 total feet of docking line that would improvise as tow line.  Need to think of multipurpose items rather than items that serve specific needs.  Just not enough space for everything on a boat.

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