Originally Posted by thinwater
Personally, I believe removing the engine
defeats the purpose of having davits
. I've never heard an explanation that made sense to me. The transom and motor
are generally very easy to secure. The only exception might be if the lower unit is catching water
; mine does not, other than a few splashes in near gale conditions.
In my earlier post I asked about the reason for raising the inflatable
. If it is just at a dock
or on a ball the process is often very different than if you are on a daysail which is different than if you are on a passage
On my last trip to DT I was buddy boating
with someone. The normal weather
out of the East so running from Boca Grande to the DT around the Quicksands was almost directly before the wind
. I went North of the Quicksands while my buddy went South of the Quicksands; even though there was a small wind fetch from the South resulting in 5/6 foot seas.
Bottom line he broached and a wave crashed over the stern of his boat and flooded the cockpit
for a minute till it drained. His inflatable
was filled with water
, which took a little longer than a minute to drain out.
This is a fairly short 45 mile passage
with good access to NOAA radio
and can easily be done in daylight. On a longer passage across the Gulf Stream
to the Bahamas
I would not consider leaving the outboard
on my inflatable. On a longer passage (does anyone really think a passage entirely in daylight compares to one that lasts days or weeks) I would take even more actions to not only remove the outboard
but secure and protect it with covers.
Few boats have five feet of freeboard; especially at the stern where the inflatable is stored. On the other hand five feet waves are very common once you start sailing out of sight of land; even if it is only a day sail. Not to mention things like line squalls that can pop up at the worst possible time.
When taking my boat out I always consider what the worst possible sea state could be and secure the inflatable accordingly. Sometimes this means taking off the outboard and covering it with protection; at other times it means just raising it so the lower unit of the outboard is out of the water.