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Re: Getting Dinghy on Deck
Our RIB is north of 130 lbs and we get it on deck and flipped with little issue. It is a bit of a PITA and it eliminates the possiblity of steering while seated (at least without having to stand and check the area of blocked vision frequently)but so far it hasn't convinced me to buy davits.
Our dink is rigged to hoist from its centerline so it tilts from side to side easily once hoisted clear of the water. We haul it to just above the lifelines, then tilt it 90 degrees and lower until the low tube reaches the deck, then I continue to pull the other tube towards the opposite side of the boat as my wife lowers with the halyard and the boat ends up upside down just foward of the mast. Some final postioning and tiedowns and we're on our way.
To lauch we reverse the process. Its enough of a PITA that sometimes we won't launch even though we'd kinda' like to, and if we're out for a few days, we'll tow the dink until the last day unless the weather is looking really rough. It would be a lot easier to manage this system with a wood floor inflateable than our RIB but, we got a smoking deal on craigslist after our old dink fell apart.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 05-02-2013 at 08:52 AM.