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Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

I got a great deal this spring on a Trinka 8 and we love it. However, I need to figure out how to stow it aboard. I know it will fit lengthwise upside down between the stays'l and the mast.

The inflatable just laid on its buoyancy chambers no big deal. The hard dinghy is, well, hard, has cleats forward and at the quarters. How do people stow theirs? Do you have chocks fitted, and if so, what do they look like? Or is there some removable chafe protection I can put down.

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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

Hard dinghies were "de rigeur" years ago and any older book on outfitting a cruising boat will show u many options based on the exact space you have available on deck.
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

yan, you might look into some hard rubber blocks (sometimes sold to carry canoes in car rooftops) that can be velcroed or affixed down to the deck, to keep the dink raised off direct contact. Then it is a matter of installing some d-rings in a convenient location to make sure it can be lashed down solidly.
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

Thanks. I like that idea. I'm not looking forward to drilling, bolting, glassing, or otherwise having to do alot of invasive work on the deck, so I wonder if I can't just affix the blocks to the dinghy and allow the pressure from the lashings hold the whole thing down? I lashed the inflatable to the teak rails, the mast step, and my two inboard anchor rode cleats and that seemed to work.

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yan, you might look into some hard rubber blocks (sometimes sold to carry canoes in car rooftops) that can be velcroed or affixed down to the deck, to keep the dink raised off direct contact. Then it is a matter of installing some d-rings in a convenient location to make sure it can be lashed down solidly.
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

Lashing can work just as tightly as iron strapping, if you are neat and careful about it. If the lashing cordage stretches when wet, you need to pre-wet it before working with it. (Offhand, I think only Kevlar shrinks when wet.)

then you need to do the lashing carefully, and frap it. Frapping is wrapping around the lashing at a 90 degree angle, i.e. wrapping it, to add more tension. Or use another scheme of knotting, etc. to make the lashings tighter. Somewhere there's a balance between "Damn, we're gonna have to cut that off" and being able to unlash it when you get to the next port. Or maybe, that's why the good lord invented Velcro? (G)
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

I'm a traditionalist, so no velcro. I use french lashings to secure my (dyneema) lifelines to the stanchion terminations, they tension up well and don't loosen up at all. I might consult Ashely and see what he has to say.

Those are more semi-permanent, and might take a little more time on the dinghy. That said, I really only stow the dinghy aboard when going offshore. If I'm daysailing and anchoring every night, I just tow it.
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

i keep mine inverted on my bow over the forward hatch....jib rides over it and is smooth without fouling.
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

Ryan, what are French lashings?
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

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I got a great deal this spring on a Trinka 8 and we love it.
You didn't happen to buy it out on Long Island, did you? My father sold his not long ago. Would be neat if it popped up here ...
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Re: Hard Dinghy Storage Aboard

The 37 I just bought has 3 teak blocks on the foredeck/cabin top shaped to hold a hard dinghy. I'll try to take a photo of them this weekend and upload them here.
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