Dinghy bridle

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by jmauld, Oct 1, 2022.

  1. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    For those of you that pull a dinghy, can you show me what your bridle looks like?

    How far behind the boat do you tow, and do you pull the dinghy from the center of the boat or from one of the cleats on the side?
     
  2. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    2021 Solar 420
    '97 5.7 Bravo 2
    '20 Merc 25 EFI Jet
    I received quite a bit of good advice on this topic last year. We pack our 9' tender on the roof but have pulled our 14' inflatable jet boat multiple times now. It weighs in at just under 500 lbs. I made up a custom 3 point harness for it and grabbed a 125' tow bridle and 20' stern with chafe guard from Top Knot. Probably could have gone with a 100' but seems to work well for us. It rides about 30' behind the second wake at cruise speeds.
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  3. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    What inflatable? I was told a sib is a big no no for towing but a rib is ok.
    Not tried myself, but I’ve seen an X works. port rear from boat to right front starboard on zodiac and vice versa.
     
  4. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    A SIB is a soft hull?
    I should say that I only intend to tow to the local hang out spot. Farthest one is 8 miles away. And I will not pull more than 10 knots. Any farther and I’ll deflate it.
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2022
  5. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Ya, it’s a new term I just learned hanging out on Zodiac owner site. RIB is rigid hard fiberglass bottom. SIB is soft. flat bottom roll up or blowup air floor. Learn something new every day. My roll up, been told can tow but don’t go above 1200 rpm, basically a little above idle maybe 4mph. For real short distance maybe a mile. Anything longer, pull zodiac bow onto swim platform and keep at 6 to 8 mph. Any real distance, bring into cockpit.
     
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  6. Hoplite808

    Hoplite808 Well-Known Member

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    Jan 11, 2022
    Honolulu, HI
    1996 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI EFI (Gen. V)
    This is the way I set up from my boat to tow anything including my dinghy. It’s not just a bridal for the front of the inflatable to spread the load but also a bridal off the stern cleats to center the load to eliminate drag on only one side which will effect handling characteristics of the boat doing the towing.
     

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