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Towing an LT behind a yacht

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Created by Jethrow A week ago, 30 Nov 2019
Jethrow
NSW, 788 posts
30 Nov 2019 9:55AM
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Hi all, seems like all things LT are discussed here, so here goes...

I'm thinking of taking the windsurfer away with us for a short break over Christmas and I'd rather not have it on deck while sailing. It will be towed behind a catamaran, possibly from one hull while the dinghy is behind the other.

I was thinking that attaching the tow rope to the mast foot would be the strongest way, but would I need to have some sort of loop around the bow to hold it to a straighter course? I was also eying off the legrope attachment and towing backwards but not sure of the strength.

Any thoughts?

Gestalt
QLD, 12250 posts
30 Nov 2019 8:58AM
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tie it in the dinghy or to the railing on the deck edge on the cat in front of the cabin.

lotofwind
NSW, 5411 posts
30 Nov 2019 5:25PM
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Be careful towing it behind your cat, I don't think they are use to or made to go that fast.

JakeNN
88 posts
30 Nov 2019 2:36PM
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what type of cat? own or charter?

Jethrow
NSW, 788 posts
30 Nov 2019 6:21PM
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@Gestalt. Yeah, no lifelines/ rails to lash it to, and if I lay it on the deck it gets in the way of the self tacking jib track. They also made the LT about 6" too long to strap it between the hulls on the rear beam (which was my original plan).

@Lotofwind, Okay, I'll try and keep the speed down

@JakeNN, yep it's my cat so this could be a regular thing (it's on my avatar). I guess I'll get the chance to play around with the combinations a bit but was looking for a head start...

AUS126
NSW, 110 posts
30 Nov 2019 7:47PM
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We used to tow them as you've described Jethrow, just not behind a cat doing 15kts. They track surprisingly well even with a rope just through the dagger board case. I've have witnessed one break in half this way though. Wasn't my idea.

decrepit
WA, 9637 posts
30 Nov 2019 6:47PM
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certainly towing from the middle isn't a good idea, even with a big fin in. I guess you could organise a loop around the nose, as long as it's not going to slip off.

If the legrope attachment is strong enough to use in waves, it will certainly tow the board with no weight on it, but take out the fin. Or if you have an old fin, drill a hole in it an tie the rope to that. That will give the board some lift, whereas towing it from the leg rope may have the tail digging in, especially if there's not much tail rocker.

powersloshin
NSW, 1049 posts
Sunday , 1 Dec 2019 6:56AM
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would be easier to tow the boat behind the LT ?

Von
SA, 100 posts
Sunday , 1 Dec 2019 6:36AM
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Easy as it's your boat, put a rack on the side of one hull.

elmo
WA, 7988 posts
Sunday , 1 Dec 2019 8:48AM
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tie it underneath the deck.

windfred
5 posts
Sunday , 1 Dec 2019 10:28AM
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I'd strap it to the top of the dingy.Or sell it and buy an inflatable wind-sup.

Chris249
290 posts
Monday , 2 Dec 2019 7:01AM
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Tie the painter to the mast foot. Accelerate. Done.

We've done it behind the yacht and yesterday did it at around 15 knots behind the rib. No worries and much better than towing a One Design.

It could flip on a wake or wind. The OD could flip and nosedive, which was not good at all. If you switch to a very short painter to a point high up on the boat and angle the board up enough, if it flips it just planes upside down.

lotofwind
NSW, 5411 posts
Monday , 2 Dec 2019 10:21PM
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Or maybe attach a foil to the LT before you tow it??????
But then it may overtake your cat.

JakeNN
88 posts
Monday , 2 Dec 2019 8:51PM
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Jethrow said..
@JakeNN, yep it's my cat so this could be a regular thing (it's on my avatar).


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