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Old 04-07-2011, 06:25   #16
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Re: Aluminum???

Tinnie’s can be VERY HOT, in the tropics (actually, in any climate/weather worthy of sailing).
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Old 04-07-2011, 21:37   #17
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Re: Aluminum???

I'm not liking that photo of the croc....I may have to get very high sides on my next dinghy...
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Old 04-07-2011, 21:47   #18
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Tinnie’s can be VERY HOT, in the tropics (actually, in any climate/weather worthy of sailing).
You can get these roll up eva foam camping mattresses for a few $$


A bit of contact cement and cover the seats, comfortable and cool.
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Old 04-07-2011, 21:49   #19
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now that's why I love this forum....cool and SOFT on the butt....and cheap too!
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I'm not liking that photo of the croc....I may have to get very high sides on my next dinghy...
Part of the reason I planned on building a slightly shorter composite version of this was for the high sides
Aluminium Catamaran Dinghy

Maybe you could just have aluminium tube handrails around the side, bring them up an extra 300mm?
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Old 06-07-2011, 15:02   #21
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I was thinking more like 3 metres, not millimetres! That croc looked MEAN!
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Old 06-07-2011, 15:52   #22
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Tinnie’s can be VERY HOT, in the tropics (actually, in any climate/weather worthy of sailing).
yes. hot. and almost impossible to dive out of.
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Re: Aluminum ???

I was seeking an aluminum dinghy a couple of years ago when my 10 year old Caribe RIB finally failed, but all those that seemed suitable were in Australia or NZ or the PNW. I couldn't find a suitable vendor in the SE US so I bought another Caribe. Had I found a aluminum dinghy, my plan was to fit it with a floatation collar. One of my main goals was to have the lighter weight on my davits and I'm pleased with the Caribe 9L's lighter weight without the double hull. Alligator behavior does not pose the risk associated with the crocodiles.
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Old 06-07-2011, 17:01   #24
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Re: Aluminum ???

Here's my experience with dinghies over three and a half years of cruising a 38 ft. ketch back in the 70's. Started off in the south of England with a cute little cold molded 8 ft sailing dink that came with the boat; it stowed on a pair of stern davits - but the boat was too fragile, the davits too heavy, and the dinghy could no longer be stored after the davits were removed to allow for a Gunning wind vane self-steering gear. Sold it and bought an 8 ft Avon "Redstart" for a replacement. Got to Barbados 18 months later, rather tired of the saggy bath tub Avon ("wear your seaboots!"), and bought a Mirror dinghy, which we stored on the fore deck. Not the best place but OK in the Caribbean. It was a blast to sail, yet as a dink it was a failure - proven by our stepping right thru the quarter inch ply bottom several times. Pretty much ruined, we gave it away in Martinique. I did become a fan of the sliding gunter, however. Still, we kept the Avon, and carried on for another year until fetching up in New Zealand, still without a solid dinghy. As we stayed here for 6 months, on the hook, we bought a used 12 ft open run-about, and installed the 2 Hp short-shaft Seagull we had started with back in blimey. This was very nice, and gave us quite a range. We sold the "shore boat" just before sailing north in April.
But just before we sailed, we discovered love - a 7.5 foot riveted aluminum pram. Despite its tiny size, it rowed and powered nicely. Easy to pull up on the beach, and remarkably stable. It too stored on the foredeck - not the best spot, again - but a lot more convenient than the much heavier 10 ft. Mirror dinghy had been. So . . .

In four quick remarks, here is my summary -
(1) Three and a half years living with a center cockpit ketch put me off center cockpits for ever, mainly because that configuration makes reasonable dinghy storage impossible.
(2) I vowed I would never, ever have a boat that could not store a rigid dinghy on deck, inverted, and abaft the main mast (unless a schooner, of course). Aft cockpit ketches are ideal in this, at least in the 32 to 45 foot range of boat most of us voyagers sail.
(3) Not to be forgotten, the black Avon "Redstart" was a very useful boat - a second dinghy, a load carrier when used as a towed barge, a work platform around the topsides, fair under power with the Seagull, and a great little dive boat.
(4) In my cruising, the ideal dinghy has turned out to be riveted aluminum! Light, tough, and maintenance free. Lovely things. And highly recommended.

Here's hoping this little reminiscence is useful,

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Re: Aluminum ???

as for the aluminum's problems with diving from, two solutions - one, the inflatable or hard foam collar and two, an outrigger with a ladder.
Anyone here care to comment on the porta bote?
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i bought a 8.5 ft one last year. Concept is good, folds on deck 2 ft by 8.5 about 5 in thick. I haven't spent enought time to really give a good opinion. The small 8.5 model is too small with inadequate payload (except for a smaller boat) but goes over 15 mph with a 4hp- but a little frightening. I found a 10.5 on CL that I'll be using this summer. At Block Island last year I saw 3 other portaboats being used. The company does not appear to be the best co to deal with according to postings I saw on line if you have a problem,
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I used to dive out of my 14' aluminum Sea Nymph for years, and some smaller one too. The trick is to remove your system and clip it off to a lanyard on the opposite side of the boat you plan to climb over to get back in. This "helps" trim the boat and no water gets in if you're quick about it. I like the idea of an aluminum dink and have been considering it myself as I have never been fond of inflatables either. Let us know what you settle on.
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Re: Aluminum ???

How about a canoe? - canoes by Sportspal & Radisson: the best canoes are our canoes

Maybe not the best option for a dive platform, but loads of room, super light weight, enormous carrying capacity and can be paddled by one or more. Has anyone used a canoe as a tender?
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The company does not appear to be the best co to deal with according to postings I saw on line if you have a problem,
That's not promising. I may be unhappy with my dinghy (Zodiac, West Marine branded) but West especially has gone overboard (pardon the pun) in trying to make me happy and Zodiac has been pretty good about it as well. I can't complain. I've had the oarlocks replaced with a different type to facilitate rowing at their expense, various repairs done, etc., again at their expense under the warranty, but the bottom line is - I simply use a dinghy too hard for an inflatable to be the right choice.
Maine 50, why did you say it was scary? The ride? Handling?
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Marksman - my 'system' is a mask, snorkel and fins and speargun. Not enough weight, but thanks for the idea.
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