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Re: Dinghy?

Yep, the gunwhale guard is nice. Fatty Knees directed me to source it from Hamilton Marine (search for "3/4 round")

They make it in 1/2 round (not as useful for hull rash prevention, but it depends on your dinghy's caprail) and 3/4 round.

Comes in 1.25, 1.5 or 2 inch diameter. My 9' Fatty Knees took 24 feet of the stuff.
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Re: Dinghy?

Friends of ours sailing a Catalina 42 announced their intention to tow an 11' Boston Whaler behind their boat to the Bahamas and beyond last year. From the Tampa Bay area that is a long trip with boisterous seas/winds between Rodriguez Key and Bimini and I expressed some misgivings as to the wisdom of the effort. Our pals had installed a "self bailar" in the back of dinghy and expressed confidence that they'd be fine towing the thing on a bridle off the stern quarter. Upon their return, 3 months later, they reported that the tow had "...worked like a charm" but that they had screwed fendering to the dinghy's gunnels while laying over in George Town to keep it from "thumping" the boat when side-tied fore'n aft. And, with a 15hp outboard, they had easily gone all over "heck's half acre" while on their travels.

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Re: Dinghy?

I decided to take the hard dink. 1967 Valco, 3" deep I-beam keel (should tow well) and 4 heavy pads weld to bottom of stern to protect when beaching. Its got a wide beam, should be great for pulling crab & shrimp pots, fishing, whatever. I'll wrap the gunwhales in rub strake and call it good. If it doesn't work out for me, my grandson gets a great little boat. Thanks for all the opinions, pro or con, it was all helpful.
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Looks like a great addition to the fleet, congratulations.
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