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Re: looking for dinghy/tender ideas
That brings up another advantage of kayaks. They're so narrow that they're easy to store on the deck so you can leave them inflated. Of course of you're doing some sailing into the wind with a lot of tacks it might get in the way. In that case it can be towed.
Various options here.. Kayaks can be stored in deck in a way that doesn't interfere with jibsheets, (above a certain boat length, anyway) and if you have roller furling there's usually little need to go forward so the obstruction on deck isn't an issue.
This is how we carry them nowadays:
Gerhauer makes some simple outboard kayak racks to hang them off the outside of the lifelines, the brackets swivel flush for docking and mount on the bottom of two stanchions. These do need to be located with an eye to keeping them out of the water when heeled (so not at max beam)
We have occasionally towed our (rigid plastic) kayaks but find that they seem to randomly flip on occasion, and when they do that's a lot of drag and a bit awkward to right once it's half flooded. Our most successful towing was to tow them close behind a towed inflatable dinghy, one off each pontoon.
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Last edited by Faster; 12-02-2012 at 01:19 PM.