Going to help out some active duty guys out in May and tow a skiff for them about 40 miles in PWS. I have a Hewes 26' Alaskan with twin Honda 135's, and will be towing a Crestliner 18' open skiff with a 30 hp tiller motor...I have had my own skiff towed once years ago by a big overnighter, so this is something I need some advice on. Yes, I tried a forum search but really didn't turn up anything. That said, here are a few things I am thinking, and please critique this and add what will help:
1) tow only when calm, seas 2' or less, probably very early morning or late evening, when boat traffic is also slow?
2) tow with a bridle, line to each of my stern corners from the bow eye of the skiff, short at first to get out of Valdez harbor, then lengthen until skiff is well-back in my wake?
3) Should I remove the skiff motor? Or, leave it on skiff, and then should it be down to provide better tracking even though it will make a lot of drag, or tilted full up?
4) If I leave the motor on or not, should I put some gear to weight and stabilize the skiff, and if motor on, just weight the front of skiff? Hmmmm...if I am careful do I have to worry about flipping the skiff and losing the gear?
5) Tow speed....10-12 knots max? I can hit about 15 knots before I start up on step....I do not think power will be an issue, I can get on step with one of these motors.
6) Turns....big, wide turns I suppose (probably all I could do)?
7) What else do I need to think of?