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Re: A Couple Simple Questions Regarding Dinghies

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Originally Posted by Ogele View Post
So I'm new to all this, but I've recently gotten quite interested in dinghies (weird eh?), and I have a few questions about dinghies themselves and the loading and unloading of dinghies.

Firstly, what are the general rule of thumbs for weight capacity? I was kind of wondering what the general rule is for dinghy size in proportion to capacity. Is it all dependant on design or can something like "100 lbs per ft of LOA" be applied? I am wondering if a smaller dinghy (~9-10'?) could handle heavy loads of up to 600-800 lbs... Just curious what kind of weight these things can take.
Depends entirely on the type of dinghy... RIB / PortaBote / Fatty Knees / other... I have a West Marine SB275 Inflatable - it is 9' long, and has a capacity of 683 lbs. According to WM it weighs 68 lbs (I'd say closer to 80)
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Second, how does one load and unload a dinghy if stored on deck? Let's say you have a 10' dinghy on board that is flipped over. Does one simply just flip the boat over, snap on the halyard, raise it, and lower it into the drink?
While it's not light, I can lift my dinghy over the lifelines without using a halyard. I drop it on the stern, and manage it's entry into the water so that the bottom is on the bottom...

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Third, what kind of weight can a halyard take? For onboard-stored dinghies, I hear that using a halyard suspended from the top of the mast is the easiest way to load and unload a dinghy. Though what if I have a heavy dinghy? Assuming the rope is of a very strong grade (over 1000 lb line?), what kind of mass can one load and unload via a halyard?
According to NE Ropes, 5mm (the smallest they make) Sta-Set will support 1400lbs... Unless it is a steel dinghy, I don't see that the weight of the dinghy will be a problem for the line. It may be a problem for you, but that's another matter...
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And lastly, how does one balance a dinghy while loading and unloading it? I've never done the procedure before, and I somehow imagine that if a gust of wind came by while the dinghy was suspended and being lifted, that the whole dinghy would be rocked to a side and make handling the boat very difficult. Is this a correct assumption?
TIE THE PAINTER OFF (DAMHIK), pick the dink up, and chuck it in. If it lands upside down, flip it over.
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