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|08-28-2010 11:33 AM|
On our trips throughout the Caribbean we had a fiberglass dinghy (8ft.stowed
on deck) and a Avon Redcrest inflatable (under deck) on our 33 ft. sloop.
Now on my 32ft. sailboat we have a Zodiac roll up with a 4 HP outboard (easy to lift up) for our trips on the Gulf coast USA and trips to/fm Central
America. Advantage of an inflatable is that you can put it inside when you
expect bad weather or on deck , -towing is not an option due to the drag.
Hard dinghy is less damage prone, you can tow it in save waters but on
deck it obstructs the view.
|08-28-2010 11:03 AM|
Like a lot of things in cruising it depends ...
We have a Walker Bay air floor dinghy and a 6 hp 4 stroke Evinrude that we used for a winter in the Eastern Caribbean and are now taking into the Pacific without modifying our system. We have four options (on a boat your size it may be three).
1. tow with the motor on - only for short trips in protected areas
2. tow with motor off and everything out of the dink - we have an Edson hoist (there are better and cheaper ones but this one came free) that allows us to get the motor up in about 3 minutes - we have used this without problems even on overnights trips between islands in waves to 5' or so; dink showed not tendency to be unstable.
3. hoist dink with spinnaker halyard and tie down on foredeck; only downside is that we have to remove the inner stay (easy to do but can't use staysail) - longer trips in somewhat worse conditions
4. deflate dinghy, roll-up and lash in front of mast - for passages (longest was 11 days to St Thomas) - for longer trips and for nastier weather eg did this going from Bequia to St Vincent (only 7 miles but 30 knots and nasty currents and winds).
We have not had any problems using the foredeck for inflation/deflation.
I had a Portabote and quite liked it but the problem was storage of the seats and transom - it is pretty easy to find a spot for the boat itself. Worked quite well on my Niagara 35 which has storage in the forepeak (no v-berth); would not work on the Bristol which is more than twice the displacement but has a shortage of large volume storage spots (or they are already filled with sail bags.
|08-28-2010 08:09 AM|
|sck5||I have an achilles rollup that works very well - it will plane with one person or two smaller people with my 8hp 2 stroke mercury. I highly recommend getting a 2 stroke if you can find one - Far more hp for the weight and a much less complicated machine to maintain. You can only get them used in the US nowadays but they have them overseas. The dinghy lives on the davits most of the time but can be rolled up and lashed on deck for a long passage. At 90lbs it isnt hard to lift with the spare halyard.|
|08-28-2010 07:24 AM|
Anyone try this dinghy brand before:
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|08-26-2010 05:12 PM|
Use block and tackle to gain mechanical advantage for your lift
Originally Posted by Gene T View Post
It was inexpensive: $40 worth of hardware (a 3-sheave block and a 2-sheave block, both found on ebay, and 100' of 1/4" line, also found on eBay), so now I can lift the dinghy with one hand, and with the other hand steady the swinging dinghy so it doesn't catch on the lifelines or shrouds as it comes aboard.
The top block attaches to a spare halyard. I just unclip it and store it fully rigged. Stored that way, it's quick and easy to rig when needed, and can even be used to lift an unconscious MOB back aboard. Just remember to store it neatly so all that line doesn't get tangled.
|08-24-2010 02:35 PM|
Originally Posted by Kiltmadoc View Post
|08-24-2010 01:27 PM|
WoodenWidget makes some interesting lightweight folding and nesting dinghy plans:
|08-23-2010 09:27 PM|
Originally Posted by RobGallagher View Post
|08-23-2010 11:22 AM|
Originally Posted by Omatako View Post
|08-23-2010 11:02 AM|
We have Garhauer davits, but before that we just hoisted our 9 foot Walker Bay up to the foredeck with the spinaker halyard and deflated her, lased the small package down beforwe the mastn out of the way. Use a Scopregna high speed inflator to inflate her in less than 5 minutes. Engine hoisted to board mounted on transome using harness and same spinaker halyard in conjuction with the boom for leverage. We have a 60 lb 4 stroke Tahatsu so it is manageable.
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