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I'm trying to figure out how to protect the sugar scoop transom from the dinghy as opposed to something as significant as a dock. The Taylor Made transom fenders are way more than necessary. Just a pad that would prevent scratches from the d-rings, etc would be all that is necessary. It also takes a bit of a beating when lowering from the davits. Any ideas?
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Bummer. 158 views and no ideas. Me either. Gotta figure this out.
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Would it be practical to fashion some sort of D ring protection on the dinghy itself? Maybe less area to deal with?
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Would it be practical to fashion some sort of D ring protection on the dinghy itself? Maybe less area to deal with?
Yes, I think I'm going to wrap bicycle handlebar tape around the d-rings, or some such padded tape. Although, that doesn't really solve the problem of the dinghy sliding down the transom when lowered from the davits.
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I wonder for your davit drop, if you could quickly rig some simple lines from your davit arms to your transom for the dinghy to slide down to the water.
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It's really just the bottom horizontal part of the transom scoop that is the issue. There are pushpit braces and the backstays that is slides down until that point. Same part of the transom that the dinghy knocks into. Of course, if the engine gets turned around, that can be a disaster (and it happened once).
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Here is a pic of the transom if it helps with anyone's creativity. It's from the prior owner, so I sprayed out his hailport.

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Don't know what all you've tried but it looks like a spare regular fender tied off of each of your pushpit braces at the right height would do the trick. Maybe tied together at the bottom to keep them at the correct angles and in place and keep them from spreading. I'm coming at this from the standpoint that you'll want to try simple solutions that don't involve much in the way of extra gear that you have to stow when not in use.
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Thanks Izzy. Regular fenders roll out of position too easily and also create a larger step from the dink back aboard. When lowering from the davits, anything too big just prevents it from lowering at all. I think I may have found the solution in this. I may require a little modification to sweep the curvature, but I think it will work.

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Only 40 bucks?!! That's nearly free in boat dollars! Looks like a good solution ... protects exactly the area you're concerned with, should stay in place and stow nicely .... win, win, win. Good luck.
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