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Old 08-02-2018, 19:31   #31
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Re: Tender/ Outboard Motor Suggestions

The dinghy rings are interesting- do they permanently mount to your sailboat or can they easily be removed when not in use?
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The dinghy rings are interesting- do they permanently mount to your sailboat or can they easily be removed when not in use?


There are versions of the Dinghy Rings that are permanently mounted, however, we use the Flex version, which mount using straps connected to the stern rail.

The first time I set them up it took 30 minutes to get everything adjusted. Now, it takes just a few minutes to set them up or take them down.

These have helped make setup faster:

Fastfender 25 White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NZBRERS..._eeAFAbW90YQTM


Also, if your dinghy tubes are rounded at the ends, instead of pointed, they sell a cap that glues on to the end of the tubes to make it work.
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Re: Tender/ Outboard Motor Suggestions

Is there any chance a tender will fit in with baby stay on? I am looking and beneteau 44 and think that for passages I would prefer to add a forstay for storm staysail, would it make sense to to replace baby stay for a forstay?
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I loved the bow storage on my Zodiac too, until I discovered that when it rained, it filled that compartment, that then leaked water in between the hulls.
To get the water out, you had to remove a drain plug inside of the hull and flip it over on its back, and the stand it up in the air bow up.
I then installed a drain plug in the hull like a regular Boat, between the two hulls.

Iím in Port Canaveral, will be heading South soon, anyone want a free three yr old Zodiac Cadet 3.10, in a couple of weeks? Fl registration good to Dec 2019
Seriously, Iíll have to get rid of it somehow, and my conscious wonít let me sell it.

Iím in West Palm and Iíd be happy to take it off your hands. I know a couple of people that could use it.

We might be able to hook you up with a free night or two at a marina.
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Re: Tender/ Outboard Motor Suggestions

Anyone know who is actually producing the mercury branded dinghies? AB?
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Old 09-02-2018, 12:20   #36
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Re: Tender/ Outboard Motor Suggestions

Sorry guys, old dinghy is gone, hopefully to a good home, but I suspect I was taken.
If so, wonít be the first time.
Ref Mercury inflatables, the owner of Defender, or maybe one of the managers, Iím not sure which a couple of years ago made an excellent post all about inflatables, who made them, where they were manufactured, how many different manufacturers of Hypalon there were, and who used which etc.
Iíd bet you could call Defender or better email their inflatable branch, email on the website on each different dinghies page, and get a specific answer.
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