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Towed by a warship

I read your Expert on board article about towing (July issue) with interest.

Some years ago I was sailing from Gibraltar to Turkey when a gear was stripped in the outleg of my 32ft Catfisher catamaran when motoring with no wind. Some of the crew had to get home urgently, so I requested a tow on the VHF radio and a ship 75 miles away agreed.

In due course, an 8,000-ton Belgian frigate appeared. She sent over a boat, whose crew efficiently wrapped a rope right round my catamaran, taking a turn on each cleat. Padding prevented chafing and they fitted a bridle and 200m of towline.

The frigate then towed us through the night at 8 knots. The tow worked very well, with the strain distributed evenly via the stern and the deck cleats.

Peter Tabori

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. The safety of Legend yachts
  3. 3. Chart table debate
  4. 4. Call for regulation
  5. 5. Winch power and torque
  6. 6. Off with his head
  7. 7. Boat construction details
  8. 8. How to dry antifouling paint
  9. 9. Towed by a warship
  10. 10. Seagull races
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