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Old 06-06-2011   #1
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Tow rope, for towing swimmer's boats?

I have this smaller throw bag around my waist, but it'd be nice to have a shorter purpose-built tow-rope for grabbing a boat, like in Class IV stuff.

What do you use?

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Old 06-06-2011   #2
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Whatever you get, I don't recommend towing a boat "in class IV stuff". I keep an astral tow teather in my pfd pocket but don't actually wear it unless I was with people I thought might be swimming on an easier stretch of river.

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Towing a boat in "class IV stuff" can get you dead. Risking your life for gear in class IV water is Darwinism at work.
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Old 06-06-2011   #4
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Old 06-06-2011   #5
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I have seen boats towed perfectly safley in "class IV" stuff or the run out. NRS tow teather works well with a rescue pfd as long as it is fixed to the quick relese harness. That's what that little red circle thingy on your sweet looking expensive life jacket is for. If you feel gripped towing the boat let er' rip.
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Old 06-07-2011   #6
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I agree with Mont. You def. shouldn't be tying yourself into your system, it can lead to some serious entrapment situations. If you don't have a rescue vest you can get a quick release belt and tow tether separate. 60$ Altogether.

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Just remember that quick release only works when there is resistance though. If you and the towed boat are swimming, it will pull you downstream until you grab hold of something getting out.

A LOT of dead weight. Just my take on towing boats. I'd rather try to get it pinned then get it out somehow.
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Old 06-07-2011   #8
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I guess I didn't so much mean through class IV stuff, but in-between class IV stuff. Using my boat to play bumper boats with another boat to push it into an eddy doesn't always work, it seems.

Ps. The example I'm thinking of, it took about a mile to get the boat eventually pinned somewhere where we could get it. But maybe that's best. I did feel that I would've been fine towing a boat for certain parts and could've had ample opportunity to tow it into various eddies.
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Old 06-07-2011   #9
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K-chil, the tow tether is actually designed as a shock system between you and a rope on shore to help in the extraction of a boat or body. It's primary design was not to tow a kayak, if you do have a rescue vest there are 2 ways to weave the strap friction and non-friction release. Flotation is the biggest key in bulldozing creekboats, always make sure your buddies have float bags and real short fuckers should have beach balls in front of their foot block for added bouyancy.

If you're in the run out of a rapid and it's relatively class II you can try to pull the swamped boat up onto your deck bow first. This should bail some of the water then flip it right side up and shove it or clip it depending on the situation. SWR will teach you when and how and practice will help as well.
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I would recommend reading this if you haven't already.

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