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05-14-2010 06:54 PM
smackdaddy
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Originally Posted by KeelHaulin View Post
Not THAT would be a BFS!
No kidding. Like I said, it's a serious long shot - but we're talking.

If it happens, I can promise that I will be crying like a schoolgirl.
05-14-2010 06:20 PM
KeelHaulin
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
I just may, however, have the opportunity to crew on a VO70 sailing around Cape Horn this winter. Serious long shot - but we'll see. I wonder if they'll have a Pudgy.
Not THAT would be a BFS!

Naah... If it's a race they will have the required IASF/SOLAS certified liferaft(s); packed for minimal weight.
05-14-2010 09:23 AM
smackdaddy Keel - I have no interest in circumnavigating. I just want to sail around warm places and have fun. That'll be plenty to help me maintain my Pudgy for many years.

I just may, however, have the opportunity to crew on a VO70 sailing around Cape Horn this winter. Serious long shot - but we'll see. I wonder if they'll have a Pudgy.
05-14-2010 04:41 AM
KeelHaulin How much does one of those run fully decked out? Last I saw it was upwards of 8k, correct? Seems you could take a fiberglass hulled sailing dinghy and make many, many mods for that much. Self-bailing valves? Retractable amas?

Smack I was not trying to start a debate; I was poking fun at your sailboat of choice! Are you going to take it coastal or do you plan a circumnav?!?!

I thought the correct term was chubby not pudgy...
05-12-2010 01:31 PM
JomsViking To check the boxes for me, it would need to be a certified liferaft, as that is required for offshore racing (it's not), sail and especially row well (it can't. As tager stated: it has high topsides). Be rugged (It's made of HDPE, and my experience with the durability of that material is not the best)
YMMV
05-12-2010 12:49 PM
smackdaddy I agree with BJ's logic. Until you're really going to make the decision to buy a serious liferaft - this thing makes a lot more general sense than just having a tender - especially with the LR option.

Is it perfect? Naa. But it's a hell of a lot better than an unprotected, unsailable dinghy.
05-12-2010 12:27 PM
blackjenner So, on the Pudgy. Many, many, many coastal cruisers don't carry life rafts. I don't think that, necessarily, this is a bad thing. If you are going off shore, yeah, they make sense.

So, given that, and given that I will be mostly coastal cruising for a couple years, I'll likely, if the wallet can afford it, try to get the Pudgy as my tender.

Here are my reasons:

1) It's a solid high capacity tender and, from what I can tell, it's well made.

2) It can also sail and, based on the videos, sail pretty well. The fact that the sail rig fits *inside* the hollow hull is just awesome sauce on top.

3) It motors well with an electric motor, or even a small gas one.

4) If one wants, one can add a life boat option to it.

So I would have a tender, that I can get a sail rig for, that rows and motors well that, if I add the cash, can "life boat" if I so choose.

Does this replace a high quality, well ballasted life raft? Not necessarily.

Were I to go offshore, I could have my multi-function pudgy, which I already own, *and* a containerized life raft.

This gives me options. I like options.

As for the looks, I can live with slightly funky looks (hey I've owned BMW motorcycles) if they function particularly well.
05-12-2010 12:27 PM
smackdaddy Doctor? I don't think so. More like Tiger Woods' contact list.
05-12-2010 12:21 PM
blackjenner
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Hey, if Bligh can sail over 3,000 miles in a pants-powered, leaky launch...I figure I can survive with a raging Pudgy for a few days.
Aren't you supposed to call your doctor if you possess a raging Pudgy for more than four hours?
05-12-2010 12:11 PM
smackdaddy Hey, if Bligh can sail over 3,000 miles in a pants-powered, leaky launch...I figure I can survive with a raging Pudgy for a few days.
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