Originally Posted by mkashzg
Hey EM, I just read your post but can't see the photo you posted for some reason and was curious about what you had said in your post. When you mentioned that you were 'towing' the other raft were you both actually rafted together, and ahead of the motor or were you actually towing the other boat behind you? If so that will make a huge difference as the motor does better pushing rather than pulling. Sorry if I misunderstood just trying to help.
Due to a silly policy of only being able to edit your posts for 30 minutes after you make said post...I can't update my picture to a working link but I'll repost it here. You'd think a photo hosting service would actually make it easy to share your photo's, but they want you to post a link that takes you to their site rather then just being able to post it. Sorry...frustrated on multiple counts with this one. Maybe Google is better then Microsoft with this one...otherwise I'll have to sign up elsewhere or post it on the Mountainbuzz gallery.
We towed, since that was the only way any of us saw it working. I cliped a rope into two of my side d rings and then clipped it to the other rafts bow d-ring. It certainly wasn't ideal, but we could do the barge thing since we would have just turned circles or been going down the river all crooked since it was only two rafts. I thought about trying to put his raft in front of mine...but it seemed like you really couldn't get everything tight enough to not flop around and have it be a pain in the ass. If you say it works, maybe I'll try it next time.
Especially when changing direction, the raft being towed oscillated quite a bit (would steer one direction, catch the current which would push it the other direction and back and forth) but it didn't really seem to make a speed difference. At one point we tried doing a 4 point system where we clipped into his front side d rings too, but it just didn't work very well.
Reading up a bit more, it would have been better to do the opposite of what we did and do a single point on my boat and a double point on his, but without making a custom setup that gets the tow rope around the outboard somehow I'm not sure how I could have gotten that to work.
Either way it worked well enough and made a difference so I'm happy with it. It would have been nice to have 3 boats, and then we could have barged up.