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How to take a dinghy on a cruise?

Newb question, I'm renting a boat and the guy asked me if I want a dinghy. I looked at the boat and it doesn't appear to have the rigging on the stern to launch a dinghy from. So just curious, how would we be expected to take the dinghy?

I'm imagining that dinghy in this instance means "zodiac with a 2 hp motor on the back" But I could be wrong. Maybe it is just a zodiac with some paddles?

In any case, what is the typical way you take a dinghy along on a 7 day cruise? Do you tow it?

We do plan to be anchoring at some anchorages on our cruise, and the boat is a 27 foot tanzer.
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Re: How to take a dinghy on a cruise?

PSY, I'd ask the Guy who's renting you the boat for more details on both the boat and motor. If it's an inflatable, you can deflate it and stow it on deck. They come in a carry case. I tie mine down in front of the mast. If there's an engine mount on the stern rail you can stow the outboard until you need it. ( check) When you get to your anchorage you can blow it up on deck and lift it over the life lines and lower into the water, tie a line 1st to the bow walk it back to the stern of the mothership. If you need a little assist getting it over the lifelines you can use your jib halyard to lift and lower. You can row an inflatable so maybe you don't need the outboard..but they should give you oars either way. You'd need to think about fuel storage if you take the outboard. Lock up the outboard when away.

You can tow it, but I find it's just one more thing to worry about, and it's not that hard to inflate/deflate. And I like to fish off the stern.. ;-)

Good luck, have fun!
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Re: How to take a dinghy on a cruise?

If there is enough room you can stow it on the foredeck, tow it as well, or deflate and stow below
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Re: How to take a dinghy on a cruise?

Appreciate the tips. I just didn't want to sound like a moron to the guy because maybe he will think I'm incompetent and not allow me to rent the boat.
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Re: How to take a dinghy on a cruise?

Unless you are going off shore just tow it. Is the inflatable a RIB or a soft bottom? If it is a RIB you can leave the outboard on with out worry. Ask the charter company what they recommend.
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