A painter is a rope that is attached to the bow of a dinghy, or other small boat, and used for tying up or towing.[1]

Ideally, the length of the painter should be no longer than the length of the boat, especially on small craft, to prevent fouling the propeller of an outboard engine.[citation needed]


Canoes being used in moving water or whitewater are rigged with a painter at both the bow and stern.[2] In addition to the functions mentioned above, a canoe's painters can be used for lining the boat down difficult sections,[3] self-rescue,[4] and boat recovery.[5]

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  1. ^ Husick, Charles B. (2009). Chapman Piloting and Seamanship (66th ed.). New York: Hearst Books. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-58816-744-6.
  2. ^ Grant, Gordon (1997). Canoeing: A Trailside Guide (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. p. 111. ISBN 0-393-31489-8.
  3. ^ Callan, Kevin (2012). "The Art of Lining a Canoe". Paddling.net. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  4. ^ Grant (1997), p. 115
  5. ^ Bechdel, Les; Ray, Slim (1989), River Rescue (2nd ed.), Boston: AMC Books, pp. 97–98, ISBN 0-910146-76-4.