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I am one of those poor fools who likes davits. It keeps my dinghy safe and sound while I'm cruising, is easy to raise and lower when single-handing, and makes it extremely difficult to steal when I'm in port. I always hang my outboard from the stern rail. Even if I wanted to, I've got no room on deck for an inflated 8' Achilles.

That being said, since I have been leaving my boat in the Bahamas for the past few years, I have been forced to store my deflated dink on deck during my absence. Since I started doing this my dink has sprung an ever-growing bunch of seam leaks. They are undoubtedly due to how I must store it.

I'm wondering if you folks who constantly inflate and deflate your dinks have the same problem. If so, how can you prevent it.
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I wouldn't say weirdo. Hayseed maybe, but not weirdo.
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I'm wondering if you folks who constantly inflate and deflate your dinks have the same problem. If so, how can you prevent it.
Our dinghy is now in it's sixth season and we have just sprung our first slow leak in one of the tubes.

Don't know how to prevent it. Trade-offs are a fact of life.
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I also preferr the davits for most of my sailing. I deflate and store on the deck when going off shore. The ease of lowering from the davits. The safety of it not being stolen or comming lose and drifting away, the ease of not having to hoist and mount the engine after each use, is why I prefer davits. It takes 5 minutes to lower and its ready...and 10 minutes after comming back to raise, secure the cover and strap it so it doesnt sway or move or creek. I have the Garhauer davit system and it is such an ease.

When we didnt have davits we did not use our dingy as much. Now we use it almost every weekend and it doesnt get slimy from sitting in the water.

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And how do you describe guys selling their boats to buy an RV???
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well.. see.. he kinda got ya on that one... shame really you were doing so well...

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As a follow up to Allan Browns question, I have a 7foot quicksilver inflatable I have been keeping in my garage rolled up to save space. Is this a bad idea? Should I keep it inflated while stored in the garage? I mostly day sail so I don't have a great need to keep it at the boat.
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As a follow up to Allan Browns question, I have a 7foot quicksilver inflatable I have been keeping in my garage rolled up to save space. Is this a bad idea? Should I keep it inflated while stored in the garage? I mostly day sail so I don't have a great need to keep it at the boat.
No - deflated is good. There is less chance of getting a puncture and it won't take up so much room.

Be sure to keep it dry though. Sprinking talcum powder on the rubber helps preserve it ..and makes it smell nice next time you go out.
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i was on a hunt to buy one yesterday.
i ended up buying a 4 person at west marine.
they had a very good deal on it.plus the sales guy was a moron,in a good way.
when i got back to the marina yesterday and opened the box i realised he gave me a higher model by accedent.
well....too bad for him.
now i need a more powerfull engine than my 2hp.
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