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Old 30-08-2010, 21:58   #16
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... wish i had a picture of the admiral sitting naked in the dinghy one morning doing the laundry after a rainstorm the previous night.
So do we...
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Old 30-08-2010, 22:54   #17
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what better way to do laundry!! awesome!!
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Old 30-08-2010, 23:26   #18
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Get the dink out of the water. Even if it means on the halyard alongside the beam.......i2f
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Depends on the local.
Watch what other cruisiers are doing and do likewise. As a general rule I lifted mine on a spare halyard. Sometimes I'd lock the raised dinghy.
Always lock your dinghy at dinghy docks. At the very least some kids in training will set your dink adrift and charge you to retrieve it.
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I always raise the dinghy and motor on a halyard every night - and raise it to at least 9 feet off the water. The height is determined by what makes it is difficult for a thief standing in his panga/pirogue to work on removing the motor. After having two motors stolen in 5 years at a cost of US$2500 each, lifting the dinghy is cheap insurance.
- - Motor theft is rampant in most parts of the Caribbean Basin and is tied to the drug use in the area. This means that the thefts are not spread evenly over time but occur in spurts every month or three with quiet times in between. When the drug user thief runs out of drugs he goes out and steals 2 or 3 motors and then trades them in for a new supply. Then everything is quiet until he needs more drugs.
- - And an also important benefit to raising the dinghy/motor out of the water is the prevention of bottom growth which is a royal pain to remove from the bottom of the dinghy especially inflatable tubes. Most of the little harbors are very fertile and sea growth rapid.
- - Another benefit is the reduction of outboard motor zinc replacement on the outboard. Mostly overlooked, these little zincs are very difficult to find replacements for in the Caribbean/Bahamas.
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I lift mine out of the water at night with the main halyard. 2 resons - difficult to steal and keeps the bottom clean.
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Standard operating procedure, the dingy is hoisted into her davits every night.

Takes only about 5 minutes and I sleep much better.

Apart from enhanced security, the primary reason is to keep the yacht always ready to move, if needed for some kind of weather or medical emergency
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