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· Closet Powerboater
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I don't ever town my tender. Too many bad experiences.

BTW they do make a FANTASTIC sea anchor when flipped upside down. Remember that when you're caught out without your sea anchor next time.

Davits for me!

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I've yet to figure out how one gets back into a hard dink from the water - while alone and without someone holding down the opposite side to stabilize it - without half-sinking it, or coming away with a few bruises...
You board from the stern. The boat is inherently more roll-stable this way and the leverage of the weight of the bow keeps it from tipping up too far. Granted, getting back in an inflatable is easier, but the method is worth pointing out from a safety perspective. It works very well, but it's not necessarily intuitive. If you have an outboard, it gets in the way a bit, but the prop or cavitation plate provide a step and the rest provides hand-holds.

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