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    Morning! As a newbie, I'm sure you guys are getting sick of my mostly basic questions. But here comes another one.

    My son and I are heading to the lake this weekend. We have a little 15' center console that I would love to drag along. With a full tank of gas, it's supposed to weigh right at 1,000 lbs. Would I be ok towing it as a dinghy behind my 3055? We don't plan on going far, but it'd be nice to have along for several reasons. If so, would you tie it off to the stern cleats? How long of a line would you suggest? Tow with the motor up or down? In neutral? Thanks in advance.

    1999 Bayliner 3055
    2003 Triumph 150 CC
    2016 Yamaha VX Delux

    There are a number of older threads that probably address your questions. Search for Towing in the Motoryacht section.
    1999 3788, Cummins 270 "Freedom"
    2013 Boston Whaler 130 SS
    Anacortes, WA
    Isla Verde, PR


      Nice looking fishing machine.

      Motor up, in neutral, bring it along side when maneuvering but do not use reverse with gusto. I've seen many Whalers pitch pole when the mother ship had to reverse quickly.

      You are going to have to test to make sure the bow eye is low enough to allow the bow to come up. The other extreme being a hard shell Livingston where the eye is on top of the gunnel. You are only going a short distance so cruising time may be better spent "enjoying the ride". No need for you to travel at your normal cruise, just take your time.

      Like Norton said, there are some great older threads about towing a dinghy. One thing for sure, rig a bridal so that you are pulling from the center.
      P/C Pete
      Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
      1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
      Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
      MMSI 367770440