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Old 07-21-2013
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Re: Hoisting an inflatable dinghy

If you don't have a RIB inflatable, you'll have to go to an inflatable repair facility and get lifting rings attached to the tubes where necessary. You will most likely not be able to do this properly yourself; save yourself the aggravation and let the professionals do it. Ours have lasted about 2 years of daily use (11.6' Zodiac w/ alloy floorboards and a 15 hp, 4 cycle ob) and we will soon need to get new ones, but we leave the motor on the boat so its pretty heavy. If you use lifting straps around the dink it will destroy the boat very quickly. Sorry, there's no cheap way out of this one.
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