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Old 05-29-2011
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Dinghy Danger - could it happen to you?

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My own near miss was even simpler, my son Martin was left to pump up the dinghy for a trip out to Aurora moored well out in Skerries bay.
We decided to row out, nice steady offshore wind, so I put the electric outboard agus battery in the bottom for the return trip.
About half way we were hit by a squall that pushed us off course and away from Aurora towards the open sea.
We rowed to the lea of a nearby yacht, Martin grabbed hold, and I began to put the outboard on the transom when he announced his arse was getting wet. I looked and saw the side he was sitting on was bending down to wave level.
The squall blew through and I got him to sit in the bottom and we motored back to shore safely, me thinking we must have a slow puncture.
Checked the dinghy by pumping her up hard and leaving overnight, still rock hard next morning.
I should have realised my big strong son,6`7" and 19 st and never one to break sweat unnecessarily, had stopped pumping as soon as the dinghy shaped up.
My fault though for not checking. I had the hand held VHF and didn,t feel in real danger but I am more careful now.
Safe sailing
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I have read about people having real problems blowing out to sea while Not having an Anchor on their Dinghy. The engine quit with no oars.
Hope some sailors have some good stories on sailnet....
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You should look into a Portland Pudgy
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