When you are considering the addition of a towline to your boat, it is worth remembering that there are different types of towlines and they are designed for different situations. If you have a disabled vessel that needs to be towed behind another vehicle, then a floating towline may be the only option available. In this instance a cable drag is used and this is attached to the tow rope which is then connected to a power source and activated when the towing vehicle starts moving. This type of towing will not work for smaller vessels and those with very little steering control.
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If you are using a personal floatation device for your disabled boat, then a fixed unit that keeps the boat towing along at a particular speed will be more appropriate. It will be necessary to have someone on board who can take control of the boat if it starts to drift and not respond to the towline. The best course of action would be to contact a specialist boating company that offers this type of service. They will be able to advise you which type of boat towing is suitable and then install the unit on your boat as required. This way you do not need to worry about the situation and can concentrate on enjoying yourself rather than worrying about what is going on under the water.
Disabled vessels need to be made accessible for everyone, especially when towing large vessels. Towing devices are available that can help reduce the strain on the driver when there is a trailer being towed behind them. Lights are also essential for visibility and you should be careful to check that any you purchase are bright and working properly. Lights will also be required for emergency reasons and should be included in the towing package when purchased. Boats that have outboard engines are easier to light so there is no need to despair if your boat has an older engine.