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Love me Tender.....
Im am curious to find out what everyone actually does with their tenders/dinghies while cruising and how well it works for you on your particular vessel in your particular situation.
To tow or not to tow???? Are Davits the answer??
If not, how do you store/lash or overwise deal with that little boat that get you on and off the big boat?
Our scenario is far less than perfect.
We have an 2.4m inflatable and on our 27ft boat there is no ideal spot to lash it on decks, nor does it fit anywhere on the boat particularly well when deflated and tucked away in it's bag.
In order to inflate it, one must first dismantle half the cockpit. My wife then takes down the port lifelines while I extract the pump from a locker somewhere. We both then assume cirque du soleil style acrobatic poses, and 20 minutes later after much contortionism and prodding and pumping(calm down guys.... minds out of the gutter) we unglamorsishly push the whole wretched thing out of the cockpit and over the side.....it is then shortly followed by moi with a smelly outboard under my arm.
This arrangement is arguably tolerable for the few days we spend cruising at a time at the moment, although it does very much discourage spontaneous onshore adventures after you drop anchor.
A more cruiserly and much more dignified long term solution has to be found!
'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing' - Helen Keller
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Last edited by chall03; 09-16-2010 at 04:45 AM.