I'm trying to fit too many things into one place but!
I have a Pearson
Triton. I'm replacing my 7' crappy dinghy
with a hopefully better 7' pram. I really want to preserve the ability to keep the dinghy
if needed (for offshore
passages) and also want to stick with a one piece - it's pretty much my lifeboat and if something is going wrong fast I don't want to horse around putting a nesting dinghy together.
dinghy hangs over the hatch
a bit, and I can only assume the new one will do the same. It's quite close to the mast
and just barely misses the vang. That said I haven't had any problems with the dinghy fouling the vang. But it's got about an inch of clearance.
I also want to get a dodger
this year. I'm hoping to make it to Newfoundland
and need a place to duck out of the weather
. Guess that goes without saying.
So...I'm thinking that I'm going to install a sea hood
that's going to be longer than the hatch
opening is now, so I can have the dinghy on deck
and attach the dodger
to the sea hood
. The hatch will be somewhat shorter, which will suck a bit but that's a compromise I'll have to make.
Anyway, the other variable is the vang. I'm wondering if I can ditch the permanent vang. I'm probably going to install a beafier mainsheet traveller. If I have that, can I get away with no vang for beating, and then clipping the vang to the rail as needed for reaching, and using it as a preventer for running?
This would give me some more dinghy room, which would give me some more hatch space. Having the vang be generally removable would give me some more latitude into using it as a preventer. But I would pretty much lose the ability to vang to windward.