Well, it's 10:11PM. Do you know where your dinghy
I know where mine is. It is safely tied to the stern of the boat... finally.
While I was on the phone
with the wife at about 7:30PM, and the tide was coming in, I had a feeling I should look outside. I did, and there goes the Caribe RIB dinghy
that came with this boat. It's no joke of a dinghy to lose. I'm broke from looking for boats and then getting one ready and moving it up north. If I lost
the dinghy, and had to buy another, I'd probably have had to select from a "rubber duckie" or one of those nice "sea turtles" with the ring that goes around your stomach area.
Anyway, the dinghy was resting along some grass on an island.
So... I waited another hour until 9PM for the tide to come up some more and got the big boat (thank GOD I have a cat!!) in far enough that
I could throw a 5lb weight (leftover from the PO's workout routine) to the dinghy. I tied it to a genoa
line with a towl wrapped around it so as not to break the R part of the RIB
. I threw and threw for half an hour. Boy are my arms sore. I finally got it in!!
I reeled the dinghy back and backed off the island.
Now is time for the shame. I have to admit, this isn't my first or even SECOND time losing a dinghy and having to retrieve it. Another time, I had to dive off a launch and swim through reeds to one. It's amazing what you'll do for $3000 or whatever these things cost.
Where was DefJef when I needed him?? He saved my dinghy once too.
I don't know what's wrong with me, but I have lost
them 3 times now. ha ha
This time, I used the carribeaner that the PO had on it to clip it to the toe rail (or so I though). Apparently, the carribeaner wasn't closed all the way and worked its way loose. The dinghy didn't go anywhere until the tide came in enough for it to drift off.
Somehow, through all my stupidity, I have a 3 for 3 record
of getting the dinghies back.
DefJef mentioned how I was headed downwind to look for my old dinghy with my old boat that time he found it. Little did he know, I knew *exactly* where to look. You see... I have way too much experience in this department.
So... anyone else ever lose one??