Originally Posted by ctl411
Cut the dinghy
if half and make it nesting???
Then it may fit behind the mast
with a smaller profile exposed to wind
Probably easier said, than done... :-)
Most nesting dinks are DESIGNED
to be such from the get-go... Seems pretty unlikely one could simply cut an 11' dinghy
in half, and wind up with a package that would fit under the boom of a Pearson
About a decade ago, I gave the rigid/nesting dink a whirl on my 30-footer... Built a beautiful 8' Spindrift from the plans from B&B, and took it south one winter... Before I even made it to the Bahamas
, I ordered an Avon
Lite folding transom RIB
at the Miami Boat Show
... Need I say more?
Rigid dinks, seems you either love them, or hate them... I love them for cruising in protected waters, where they can be towed all the time, but in general on a small cruising boat, dealing with a rigid dink represents too much drama, an inflatable represents the far more logical choice, IMHO...
An 11' rigid dinghy on the foredeck of a Pearson
36? Have you actually mocked it up, and seen what a massive 'box' that is gonna represent? And, the incredible degree to which it will impair your visibility forward?
And for a Bahamian cruise
, where one might spend a considerable amount of time in the water
, have you figured out how you're going to clamber back aboard your rigid dinghy? The round, soft sided tubes of inflatables are one of the primary reasons why rigid dinghies are so rarely seen among Bahamian cruisers...
Don't get me wrong, I love hard dinks for a particular type of cruising. I love how nicely they can row, and how easily they can be towed, and my Spindrift is often my tender
of choice when just heading out in my local waters, and will be towing it, or rowing short distances... However, for a trip to the Bahamas on a 36' boat', I think an 11-foot hard dinghy stowed on the foredeck will represent a very unsatisfactory option...
Here's the bow section of my Spindrift in place on the foredeck of my little tub... I'd even cut out the bulkhead lower than the design called for, to permit
the lowest stowed profile possible... Even so, once the stern section was placed on top, is simply became a gigantic box on the foredeck, greatly impeding movement on the foredeck, visibility forward from the cockpit
, and just plain making the boat ugly... :-)
Definitely, for me at least, one of those experiments best titled "What the hell was I thinking?"
There's probably a reason why probably 95% of Bahamian cruisers are using inflatables...