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Lost dinghy near Miami, FL

I'm currently at the Dinner Key Mooring Field south of Miami, FL. At some point last night the high winds broke my dinghy lose and took it away. Since the winds are blowing onshore, I've got my fingers crossed that someone will find it washed up on shore. It's an 8' Newport vessels and the Torqeedo outboard was still mounted at the time it went missing.
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Damn. Sorry to hear that. Is there a harbor master to help out?

What failed?


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Damn. Sorry to hear that. Is there a harbor master to help out?

What failed?
I'll contact the harbormaster at the marina ... however, I think the wind my blow it south of the marina.

The d-ring on the front of the dinghy actually tore off. Pulled the painter out of the water and it's still tied to the d-ring.
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Sorry to hear that Bill - any way you can raise a neighboring boat on the VHF to assist in search with their dinghy?

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Good news: a local salvage operation found it and they're only charging me $100.

So ... dodged a bullet there. Going to revisit how I tie it up in rough weather to try to avoid this happening again.
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Good deal. Allís well that ends well. Iíve heard of glued D rings letting go, while being towed too. No hard point on a hard bottom, or is a soft bottom?


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Re: Lost dinghy near Miami, FL

Lucky you! My Alum RIB and Honda 4 stroke 8 took off and was never returned even though I had a plaque with contact info on the inside of the transom.

pay attention... someone's life depends on it
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Salvage claim on a dinghy?
Itís a vessel. Iím sure the law applies. The salvor will be generously compensated, or something like that.

Best $100 Bill ever spent. System seems to work. Of course, if a fellow cruiser found it, Iíd like to think it would have been returned for nothing.
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Re: Lost dinghy near Miami, FL

Saved a bundle $$s
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