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Inflatable boat towing?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by ScubaShan, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. ScubaShan

    ScubaShan Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Covina, CA
    Just curious have any of you launched an inflatable boat with a buddy to dive from and if so did you tow it with a rope line or anchor it?
  2. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

    I have a 14 foot inflatable I used to dive with extensively. I used at first a 25 horse and then later a 35 horse engine. The boat was really too heavy to tow but in drift conditions I would just carry the anchor. I tow my kayak however, the boat, not really. If there is any wind or current or wave and it is going somewhere other than your intended direction, you will go with the boat, you will not tow it.

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  3. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    My ground tackle is pretty heavy, and even still I have to make sure the hook is properly set, or it will drag. Point being there is no possible way to drag the boat, as it will drag you. If the current is up, we call the dive, and of course always dive up current even if it is light.
  4. Bhtmec2

    Bhtmec2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Puerto Rico
    I anchor it and set it upon getting to the bottom and sometimes set a screw attached to the anchor into the bottom just like I do when I tie up on a beach. It really sucks when you return and can not find the anchor or the boat. I have a 18' zodiac and dive it every week. I have found that talking someone that wans to sunbathe or fish is a plus so if we surface and need help she can bring the boat to us.

    I dive solo a lot and because of that I started in a few places of adding the screw since the bottom was hard or the sea state was rough and tended to pull the anchor out. Then you have to follow the tracks in the bottom for your boat.
  5. ScubaShan

    ScubaShan Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Covina, CA
    What about dropping an anchor and setting up a reel with rope so you can get back to the anchor? Is that a possibility? There's a few spots i like but the trek down these paths are a pain we could easily launch from a beach next to the spot and boat to the hard to reach area, that's my goal anyway.
  6. Basking Ridge Diver

    Basking Ridge Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Jersey
    I would not advise that approach - if the anchor loses grip you and the anchor will be taken for a ride. Tie off close to the anchor but not to the anchor as a safety precaution. Best way is to leave a person on the boat/craft when you are below.
  7. Adventure-Ocean

    Adventure-Ocean Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Southern Oregon
    We would anchor the boat but if we wanted to move from the area, we'd pick up the anchor and move the boat with us. Adventure-Ocean

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