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Inflatable and a motor.What could go wrong?

Since we started sailing 7 years ago, we have always used a small plastic dinghy with oars or paddles. Sailing with 2 dogs, we head to shore frequently, often in some challenging situations. Kind of a miracle we haven't flipped yet.

Just picked up a used Avon dinghy with a 10 hp rating. Put our old Johnson 6 hp 2 stroke on it.

As an experienced whitewater raft guide, I get the care and feeding of an inflatable. I have 3-4 seasons with the Johnson, so I know many of the quirks of an aging 2 stroke.

What else should I know?

How o people screw this up? As much as I like learning from my mistakes, I prefer to learn from your mistakes. Please share.
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Re: Inflatable and a motor.What could go wrong?

always and I mean always connect your outboards safty line.
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Re: Inflatable and a motor.What could go wrong?

Getting the outboard from the rail of the big boat to the transom of the dinghy always gives me the willies. The prop is sharp.

Some motors allow being layed down with the power head in the boat and the leg on the transom until you can get situated. Some seem to get flooded if put upside down like that.
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Re: Inflatable and a motor.What could go wrong?

The big screw up that new users make is one you are likely to know about. They try to land on a beach with some surf, get sideways on and rolled over.
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Re: Inflatable and a motor.What could go wrong?

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What else should I know?

How o people screw this up? As much as I like learning from my mistakes, I prefer to learn from your mistakes. Please share.
Well, if you ever run at night without lights, don't post about it on Sailnet... (grin)

My basic rule re a tender: Don't ever venture further afield, than you're prepared to row back...

And, you can't carry too much 'stuff' (emergency stuff, primarily) in your dink, because, well... You never know...

I'd guess a lot of tender mishaps are those that occur when towing them... It's ALWAYS good seamanship to bring them back aboard, if you have any doubt whatsoever that towing might result in a potential drama...
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Re: Inflatable and a motor.What could go wrong?

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always and I mean always connect your outboards safty line.
Grandpa told me to ALWAYS sit down in a small boat while underway.
Grandpa was a pretty smart man.
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