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Old 17-09-2009, 16:56   #1
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Remove Motor for Towing Dinghy?

How important is it to remove the motor from an inflatable before towing it? How bad do the conditions have to be to warrant that? Can it really flip over? My dinghy motor is over 80 lbs and I keep the sailboat on a mooring in often turbulent waters so it's hard to remove the motor and put it on the sailboat railing mount. I don't remove it in the long island sound and have never had a problem. Do I need to remove it for coastal sailing in the Atlantic?
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I'd find a way to hoist the motor to the rail and not tow it. Yes it can flip over and at 80lbs it's size suggest that its a good canididate to be stolen.
One less thing to worry about.
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Ok, any recommendations how to hoist it then? I tried using the boom with a pulley on the end with a line running to the jib winch but that worked poorly for a number of reasons. First, pulling on the line also sheeted the boom in--the only way to avoid that would probably be to run the line to the mast and back. Second, once I got the motor on board, I still had to carry it over the cockpit to the stern railing and I end up scratching the cockpit with the keel of the motor.
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Old 17-09-2009, 17:26   #4
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I guess you have never been out on the LI Sound in 40+ knot winds that produce 5' + waves. Admittedly, those are kind of extreme conditions for the Sound but a sudden vicious squall could ruin your lucky streak of not capsizing your dink.
On the Atlantic you should remove your O/B motor. Groundswell of over 2' is not uncommon.
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Old 17-09-2009, 17:30   #5
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Go to Garhauer Marine and buy a hoist. They are a bargain. Gotta tell you, the Admiral got one for MOTHER'S DAY. You can NOT believe how many people she's bragged about it to. It's a piece of cake for 2, and works fine for 1. Great support, very well built, and certainly cheap enough. We have a 9.9 - 85lbs.
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Old 17-09-2009, 17:34   #6
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I think it really depends on your individual dingy design and the conditions, not so much the location. I've swamped an inflatable in the Great Lakes with no outboard attached and really struggled to get in on board. On the other hand, the standard when I charter is to leave the outboard on. Those are fairly heavy rigid bottom inflatables with good sized tubes.
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Old 17-09-2009, 18:05   #7
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With regards to dinghy design, I have a 10 foot achilles inflatable with a wood floor. It has never swamped with water or shown signs of instability. That Garhauer Marine hoist does look like a good deal. Do I have to drill through the deck to install it or does it just attach to the existing aft rail?
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Old 17-09-2009, 19:33   #8
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Another vote for the Garhauer hoist. We got one a couple months ago and the only question we have is why did we wait so long? Manhandling the outboard off the stern rail and into the dink was just a back injury waiting to happen.

The base mounts to the deck (or in our case on top of the toerail) and the hoist fits on the base and is also a ring attached to the railing that the hoist slides through. I drilled all the way through the deck/toerail and mounted the base with nuts and a backing plate but I suppose you could just use screws to mount it.
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We de-donk 'lil dink every time.

Our roll up dink isnt very stable with the OB on... esp the new 9.9hp! LOL
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My feeling is if you tow your dinghy at some point you will lose it. Better to have the engine on the stern rail than to lose it too.
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A motor lift would get another vote from me! Make sure you're getting a product that has 316 stainless steel, 6:1 block and pulley, smooth teflon rotating sleeves, universal mounting and are easily removable. These features ensure a superior design and lifting experience.

As far as towing goes, lifting the dinghy is always better. Safer, faster, cleaner, better! We can r.e.b.u.i.l.d him! haha
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Dingy lifts are the way to go. I have one on my KATO radar pole mount, which lifts my 8HP Yamaha very easily. The Garhauer poles are very good, too.

NEVER leave your outboard on the inflatable when towing in anything but calm waters. I lost a 15HP Nissan off the dingy when banging up the Sir Francis Drake Channel in the BVI's a few years back. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Also, it's not a good idea to tow a dingy offshore. If you're going offshore, stow the dingy aboard...somehow, any way you have to.

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I agree with the above.
On our previous boat, we built in a crane to our solar panel arch.

A four part purchase easily lifted the 15 hp and dropped it on the stern rail.

We designed it so one person could deploy or stow it from the dinghy.

You also sail noticeably faster when everything's aboard.
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when you guys write 'hoist' as a noun, what you really mean is what they call a 'davit', right?
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when you guys write 'hoist' as a noun, what you really mean is what they call a 'davit', right?
Yes, but "hoist" and "lift" can both be used as nouns, too. Note that in the nautical world the term "hoist" can also mean the height or vertical dimension of a sail or flag or....

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