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Boat Lost Because of Fouled Dinghy Tow Line

By Sailingguide

An article in the May issue of Soundings magazine contains a terrifying story of a 38-foot trawler, with all needed safety equipment aboard, that was lost at sea in the Atlantic south of Florida when its prop and rudder became fouled by the tow line to the dinghy. As a storm blew up and the trawler surfed waves downwind, the towline forcibly ripped the towing eye from the dinghy. The line shot forward, the boat was bounced down on the line, and the prop and then the rudder were fouled. Without steerage, the boat drifted broadside to the waves and took a pounding, starting to break up and requiring the fortunate rescue of all crew.


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