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Old 20-03-2011, 14:45   #1
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Getting this dinghy off the deck

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to easily get this grp dinghy off the deck and into the water? The boom has a track on the underside with two eyelets that will slide. The dinghy is heavy, at least 250 lbs and has two side flotation tanks. I will need to of course move one of the running backstays out of the way and for a winch I can choose from several of course.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 20-03-2011, 14:54   #2
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Main Halyard to painter fastening,,, nice n tight...
crank away at the mast winch till 45degrees of the deck...
lift stern and rotate then ease over the lifelines and lower...
thats solo...
with two you don't have to lift... the crew does..
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Re: Getting this dinghy off the deck

My walker bay is mounted in the same position, although it's only ~70 pounds. One of the big things is to be careful when the wind is kicking up, and if you slide it along the gunwales to put a little towel down or something so it doesn't grind its way down. You can hoist up the bow and then "walk" the stern overboard, or you can build a four point bridle of sorts.

No matter what I end up getting a bit of water in it each time but it's gotten to be pretty easy. I can launch without too much hassle in under 10-15 minutes.
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