Re: Hard vs Soft
I'm not absolutely convinced about inflatables being easier to stow. A decent sized one is big, bulky and surprisingly heavy. While they'll stow in a cockpit locker getting the bloody thing in and out is a damnable nuisance, to such an extent that we now leave ours permanently stowed on deck presumably meaning that one of these days it is bound to get nicked. A smallish (say 8') non inflatable stows quite easily on deck and to some extent is less of a nuisance than an inflatable. Smaller than 8' and solid dinghys lose their rowing qualities.
Smaller boats than say 40' will have problems stowing the hard dink up front but then they also tend to have less capacious cockpit lockers. Its no good thinking about stowing a hard dink aft of the main mast cos you then lose your vang.
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Last edited by tdw; 11-19-2012 at 06:34 PM.