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How to stow a small sailboat onboard

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My daughter is enjoying sailing on her college sailing team and has asked if we could get a small sailboat this summer to use while we are at anchor. I was thinking about a sunfish or sailfish. This would give her some experience handling a small boat and would be fun for all of us.

My issue is how to stow this on our Beneteau 473. I sailed both sunfish and sailfish when I was in my teens and they seemed very small at the time. But in looking at them at the Annapolis Boat Show .. they are much bigger than I remembered.

I stow the inflatable between the dodger and mast and we have a baby stay that is foreward of the mast so the deck space is a bit limited.

Does anyone here have a way to haul around a small boat this size on your larger boat?

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Hmm...That's a tricky situation if you're resolved to using a Sunfish/Sailfish and storing on deck. However, if you could easily tow or carry a sailing dinghy (Fatty Knees, Portland Pudgy, Walker Bay, etc.) on davits. I think you'd be better off with some something that is designed to travel because the rigs come apart and are easier to stow.

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Does it have to be a sailfish or sunfish??

There are a lot of small sailing dinghies that might be better suited to stowing aboard than those two. There are a few folding dinghy designs that have sail rigs. The K2 Stowaway, the Kontender, etc., are all possible designs, and take up far less space and are probably far lighter than either a sunfish or sailfish.

They also would serve as a decent tender to the mothership in a pinch, unlike the sunfish or sailfish, since they can be rowed or powered by a small outboard. Finally, they both use a standard marconi/bermudan sloop rig, which is more useful for the competitive sailor at her level, since most of the higher-end boats are sloop rigs, not lateen rigged, like the Sunfish or Sailfish.

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Does not have to be a sunfish or sailfish. It looks like there are some other good options here that could fit the bill a lot better.
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Does not have to be a sunfish or sailfish. It looks like there are some other good options here that could fit the bill a lot better.
One other advantage of the K2 Stowaway and the Kontender is that it would also give your daughter her own dinghy to go around with, even if she didn't want to sail it....that is probably worth a fair bit to her as well.

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Here's a way to do it - Paul Allen's Tatoosh PHOTOS: Microsoft Co-Founder's Mega Yacht Goes On Sale (PICTURES)

Look at the pictures of Paul Allen's small boat Tatoosh. On the port side in davits is a 60 foot sailboat; on the stbd side - a 60 ft powerboat. I've seen it at St. Barts. It can be yours for about $160M. It comes with a helicopter and submarine as well. Don't feel bad for Mr Allen, the accidental Microsoft billionare, he has a new boat to replace it - Octopus -the world's largest privately owned yacht.
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I think he'd like to do this without incurring the debt of a third world country...

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Here's a way to do it - Paul Allen's Tatoosh PHOTOS: Microsoft Co-Founder's Mega Yacht Goes On Sale (PICTURES)

Look at the pictures of Paul Allen's small boat Tatoosh. On the port side in davits is a 60 foot sailboat; on the stbd side - a 60 ft powerboat. I've seen it at St. Barts. It can be yours for about $160M. It comes with a helicopter and submarine as well. Don't feel bad for Mr Allen, the accidental Microsoft billionare, he has a new boat to replace it - Octopus -the world's largest privately owned yacht.

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something like this might work as they are collaspable w/their telescoping hull beams?

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There's also a triple nesting dinghy out there.

I love the idea of a nesting sailing dinghy. Moreso because our 11'6" Achellies RIB doesn't easily fit between the babystay and the windlass. It doesn't fit between the dodger and mast either.

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You obviously need a bigger boat.

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There's also a triple nesting dinghy out there.

I love the idea of a nesting sailing dinghy. Moreso because our 11'6" Achellies RIB doesn't easily fit between the babystay and the windlass. It doesn't fit between the dodger and mast either.

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