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Tender for PS37/Crealock 37?
I think this has been discussed before, but I can't find it. My apologies.
I am looking for suggestions on getting a new tender/dinghy for my PS37.
The tender I have now, a hard-bottom RIB, is excellent. It rows nicely, is quite stable for a tiny boat, is OK under power, and I can launch/recover it by myself (with some huffing and puffing) However, the hard bottom means that it must be kept on deck, and I think it's heavier than a tender with an inflatable bottom.
I want something I can deflate and stow in front of the mast or down below. Any suggestions?
I would also welcome tricks for launching (and recovering) a tender from the PS37. There was a time when I lifted mine level with hoisting straps, like one sees in the sailing textbooks. But I have stopped doing that because it requires inverting it first for launching or, when recovering, putting the hard bottom on the foredeck first before inverting it for storage. The latter requires placing cushions to protect the deck, which ain't easy when I'm alone and the wind is blowing and/or the boat is rolling. I have found that it's easier to lift it by the side (attaching the halyard to a line strung along the side of the tender), then drop it into the water on its side when launching or drop it on the side deck when recovering. Is that how others do it?
Last edited by Lantau; 04-20-2015 at 03:36 AM.