Alas, it wasn’t a spare tow belt. He didn’t carry one. Had he, we could have set up a two-person tow. Half the work and twice the speed.
The NorthWater micro belt is nifty because it has two carabiners. One is attached to 15’ of line. Releasing both puts out 50’. Clipped the 15’ line to the tired paddler’s boat and the other carabiner to his boat.
Got it through The River Connection. I’ve never been disappointed with Marshall’s recommendations.
I usually don’t wear it as I mostly paddle solo, but with all the talk about boat leashes, etc. it might make sense, especially since it’s so compact I didn’t notice it during the six hours we were on the water.