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Old 03-15-2010
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On deck for longer passages, definitely. Weather can come up and you do not want to be dealing with the dinghy in a blow/waves. Agree about the likelihood of lines parting at some point (my husband managed to catch our dink on its way out of Boqueron harbor, but he's a really fast swimmer!), and about dink drag slowing the passage down - and another cool feature of on-deck is that even when it's raining you can keep the hatch open for ventilation if you have an inverted dink over it! Our Next Boat has davits, and it's not like we are going to not use them, since they are there already, but we were fine without them on the previous boat.
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