Tom Hale’s article in the February issue was accompanied by an illustration showing an inflatable used as a tender. Unfortunately, the illustration shows using a fabric handhold as a securing location on the inflatable. Doing so will likely result in damaging the inflatable.
Fabric hand holds like the ones illustrated are meant for passenger comfort and safety. The lateral stress of a line with tension such as is likely to happen during a tow is more than is designed for these attachments. The weakness is likely to tear the fabric of the hand hold.
Tow rings and installed “D-rings” are designed for the maximum strength when the force pulls in the direction of the installation along the tube.
— Jeff Going, Essex, CT
Hi Jeff, Thank you for your comments on the picture in which the towing lines are tied to the fabric handles of the inflatable. While the article itself suggests tying off to the D rings, I should also have been more specific and said that only the U bolts, lifting rings and D rings are appropriate points to secure the dinghy for an alongside tow.