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08-28-2010 10:33 AM
syzephyr 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 10:03 AM
killarney_sailor 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 07:09 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 06:24 AM
Kiltmadoc Anyone try this dinghy brand before:

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08-26-2010 04:12 PM
Use block and tackle to gain mechanical advantage for your lift

Originally Posted by Gene T View Post
OK, impossible is an exaggeration. I could use a block and tackle to make it easier for me. I like to keep it from banging into the mast and hull as I do it. It weighs too much for me to just lift or maneuver over the lifelines. An 80 lb boat I could just lift up or off quickly, and it could be deflated to make it easier to work the foredeck.

I have an 8' Walker Bay hard dink, that I stow upside down on the foredeck. I rigged up a 5:1 block and tackle to handle lifting the dink in and out of the water.

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.

homemade hoist
08-24-2010 01:35 PM
Originally Posted by Kiltmadoc View Post
We have a 32 foot C&C that we are planning on taking for a week or two up to maine or down to Martha's vineyard area. Currently, we have a tow-behind walker bay with a 6hp outboard. I am thinking of finding a dingy that i can stow aboard with a smaller engine (2-3hp?). So far, I have looked at portaboate and 7 foot inflatables with air floors.

Anyone have experience with inflating/deflating a dingy on-board and then mounting an outboard? Do you eventually just give up and tow it, or can you make it work as a stowable dingy?

All answers welcome....
I think you should focus on getting a dingy that will serve you well as a dingy...within the constraints of your traveling. If you are going to need to carry a few people and go distances (i.e in Nantucket any anchorage spot is at least 3-400 yards from the nearest dock...get an RIB and live the life. For coastal vacationing you can tow it behind, at least this is what I've done for years. If you need to breakopen-inflate-deflate-stow a dingy, you'll end up using the local taxi service a lot. Who needs the aggravation.
08-24-2010 12:27 PM
casioqv WoodenWidget makes some interesting lightweight folding and nesting dinghy plans:
08-23-2010 08:27 PM
Originally Posted by RobGallagher View Post
That looks like a pretty good idea...
But will it work on a transom with no step or platform?
That does look good. That might be nice until I figure out what I want to do about davits, or an arch or whatever.

08-23-2010 10:22 AM
Gene T
Originally Posted by Omatako View Post
How do you launch and load?

The reason for the question is that I have such a dink (mine may even be slightly bigger) and I routinely launch and load mine un-aided (unless there is a lot of wind around).
OK, impossible is an exaggeration. I could use a block and tackle to make it easier for me. I like to keep it from banging into the mast and hull as I do it. It weighs too much for me to just lift or maneuver over the lifelines. An 80 lb boat I could just lift up or off quickly, and it could be deflated to make it easier to work the foredeck.

08-23-2010 10:02 AM
chef2sail 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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