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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?

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Re: Tender for PS37/Crealock 37?

We have an Achilles 8'8" inflatable with wood panel floor. I stow it upside down between the mast and inner stay.

I use the towing bridle to hoist by attaching one end of it to the stern and lift the dink "on edge" to launch or recover. It's light enough that we can just throw it over the lifeline if we choose to.

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Re: Tender for PS37/Crealock 37?

I have a Highfield UL 240 aluminum bottom. 59 lbs. I deploy same as Sailak.
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I have a Highfield UL 240 aluminum bottom. 59 lbs. I deploy same as Sailak.
Mine is an 8-1/2 foot Aquapro that is advertised as being 75 pounds. It's too heavy to just chuck overboard. It's excellent for what it is; the aluminum bottom is very sturdy, and it fits nicely behind the staysail stay. But when I go offshore (or don't need it), I'd like to put the tender down below. My boat just feels bigger to me with the entire foredeck free to use. I'm sure it's a bit safer that way. And occasionally the staysail sheets get snagged on the tender, which of course only happens at the worst times...
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Re: Tender for PS37/Crealock 37?

We use an 8' PortaBote and stow it on the port side-deck, folded when not in use. We LOVE that it's nearly indestructible, stows neatly out of the way and we can put it together and have it in the water in under 10 minutes! There are a couple downsides - it's not quite heavy enough to tow behind during heavy weather (it can catch air easily!) - it should come standard with a heavier tow-bridle attachment and the oar-locks are horribly undersized. But, those problems can all be overcome with a few small modifications. Overall we wouldn't go back!

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We use an 8' PortaBote and stow it on the port side-deck, folded when not in use. We LOVE that it's nearly indestructible, stows neatly out of the way and we can put it together and have it in the water in under 10 minutes! There are a couple downsides - it's not quite heavy enough to tow behind during heavy weather (it can catch air easily!) - it should come standard with a heavier tow-bridle attachment and the oar-locks are horribly undersized. But, those problems can all be overcome with a few small modifications. Overall we wouldn't go back!

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Thanks for this David and Lang.

Indeed, there's a dealer of these things here, and I have been planning to go take a look. He wants big money for them, however, even this little one.

Is it possible to stow the folding boat down below during passages? I would worry that there would be great stress on the stanchions and lifelines when waves hit it on the side deck.

Could you share a photo of the tender folded up on deck? I assume that you assemble it on the foredeck.

Thanks again, and thanks to others for helpful replies.
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Lang and I are strictly inland Salish Sea sailors for now and haven't had to worry much about such things but yes, it could be stored in the Quarterberth for passages.

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We use an 8' PortaBote and stow it on the port side-deck, folded when not in use. We LOVE that it's nearly indestructible, stows neatly out of the way and we can put it together and have it in the water in under 10 minutes! There are a couple downsides - it's not quite heavy enough to tow behind during heavy weather (it can catch air easily!) - it should come standard with a heavier tow-bridle attachment and the oar-locks are horribly undersized. But, those problems can all be overcome with a few small modifications. Overall we wouldn't go back!-David & Lang S/V Sapphire
David: Coincidentally, while sailing yesterday another boat passed nearby towing a portabote with an outboard motor attached. It was being towed VERY close to the stern of the sailboat -- less than the portabote's length away. The wind was up to 20 knots at times with some sea, so hardly heavy weather, but maybe this technique helps when towing this tender (?). Just thought I'd pass that on.
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Re: Tender for PS37/Crealock 37?

I have a 9' zodiac with a wooden floor. My 37' is rigged as a cutter with the staysail on a roller, therefore no room to store inflated dinghy on deck. I deflate, put it in its bag and store on deck. Also have 9hp outboard which is overkill.
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I have a 9' zodiac with a wooden floor. My 37' is rigged as a cutter with the staysail on a roller, therefore no room to store inflated dinghy on deck. I deflate, put it in its bag and store on deck. Also have 9hp outboard which is overkill.
My tender is a tad shorter than yours and fits behind the staysail stay (see picture). I have it propped on a stool to keep it horizontal. It has gone thousands of miles this way, but I would prefer a boat like yours that folds up, and is light and soft enough to toss over the side (cannot do that with mine because it has a hard bottom).

Zodiacs always remind me of watching Jacques Cousteau on TV as a kid.

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