Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Savannah, GA
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Ah, the dinghy dilemma!!
When we bought Jo Beth, she came with a gigantic 12' Caribe RIB and 15hp Yamaha. Obviously, this was too big to put anywhere on deck. The ancient Caribe also had a huge number of problems and we finally gave it away. I traded the Yamaha to a friend for a beautiful bronze sextant, and bought an old-fashioned inflatable floor boat from West Marine with a 4hp Mercury ob - on sale.
It's our temporary solution.
One of the problems that the old Caribe had, that many RIB's will develop is a wet hull. They can become extraordinarily heavy when this happens - and yes, it's a case of when, not if, the FRP portion of the hull becomes saturated with water. Simply moving it around on the dock was problematic. Lastly, repairing the inflatable pontoons can be difficult too, (our Caribe would hold a full inflation for about 2 hours, max, on a hot day), particularly close to where the pontoon and hull join.
Remember too, on RIB's the pontoons can extend past the FRP portion of the hull for several inches. LOA measurements can sometimes be a little misleading. The angle of the RIB, when propped on the coachroof, may create issues with the fit as well.
We've opted for the clean-deck option and to carry a hard dinghy under the boom. Or so we think. We're still looking for one we like, and one that fits.
Bill & Lisa Ballard
S/V Jo Beth
1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34, Hull #16
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