Wow, I ran out for a quick grocery run, and so many replies already--thanks! I'll try to respond/answer what I can...
...when I travel, I just keep the Dinghy (deflated, on the fordeck just in front of the mast. ) When I get where I'm going, I just inflate it on deck and toss it over the side...bring it, back to the stern and set the outboard.
Hi Tempest, certainly a possibility, though since we do tend to use the dinghy, it's nice to leave it inflated and ready to go. However, still not a bad idea. Do you also have an outboard? Where do you keep the gas tank/can? When we tow in good conditions, ours is in the dinghy, which we couldn't do if we left it deflated.
Heres my solutions:
1. Install davits and dock bow in.
...So, basically, any other solution is going to save you ten minutes at open-up and ten minutes at close-up?
How about this- Improve your time and task management. When you open up, while someone stows provisions, you splash the dinghy...
We may one day end up with davits, but not yet on the To Do list. Your suggestion about time management is already pretty much how we do it, though parts of the task need two people. Just to be clear, this isn't the horrible to deal with, just a pain. There are worse things in life of course. But if we can find a better solution than the one we have, well, that would be "one less thing".
So, others in your marina don't have a dinghy? How do they handle their's?
You'd think so, right?
Our particular dock only has powerboats besides us, and none of them have dinghies. Other docks have sailboats, but they also have different set-ups and usage.
How often do you use the dinghy?
We use it most weekends--not every, but most.