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Old 05-06-2008, 08:47   #1
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I'm looking for ideas on how and where I should attach my surfboards to the boat. Short boards are easy, they can be stowed down below, but longboards are tricky. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:19   #2
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Longboards make great weather-cloths when lashed to the stanchions in the cockpit. They are solid, removable and you can even use them to surf on.

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Here is a link to thread i started on the same topic. There is a little info but not tons. Storing Surfboards
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I am planning on placing my long board across my dinghy davits.....

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I've seen the dingy davit rack system and it looked pretty cool. Unfortunately, I don't have dingy davits or even a dingy yet. I've lashed them to the lifelines in a previous life (bigger boat), but that seems sketchy when sailing. I've also lashed them to the cabin and on the deck under the mast, but that doesn't leave a lot of room to walk around.

Elusive's method from a previous post (copied below) are helpful but he has another 13 feet on my Rawson 30:
"For both Kayaks and Surfboards, I've seen two pretty nifty ways: Outboard side carriers --- basically 'L' shaped brackets that extend outboard of the lifelines - just drop the board/kayak into them and bungie over the top. The other was to add or modify the aft davit/radar/solar panel arch so that there was a 'slot' under or over (depending on configuration) and slide them in there.

Personally, I have my kayaks on top of the house forward of the cockpit (stacked) on the port side. Dinghy (Boston whaler 9'4") is stern forward and slotted into the deck area forward of the mast and extending partially onto the house. Not the greatest, but beats the heck out of losing the dinghy by towing (once was enough). Deck is a bit cluttered with this arrangement, but I don't have (or plan to have) davits."

Any suggestions on tie downs other than bungies? I wonder if the "L" shaped brackets would be interfere with any of the lines or worse yet, be serious shin scrapers. I could make a PVC version pretty easily.



I also have a sit on top kayak as well as an easily stowable inflatable kayak, but there will not be any inflatable surfboards in my future.

I've only had the boat for a month, and I'm tormented by having to take the board and Kayak off the boat every time I go sailing. If anybody has pictures of their set-up, I'd love to see them.
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What I would like to know, is how many are out there cruising & surfing, & all the surf that you have had, that would not have been possible without being able to sail there? Surfing remote areas has been my inspiration for buying a boat & going cruising.
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surf sailing

I've surfed around Baja California from the boat. Most of the spots are accessible by long dirt roads. Recent events on land in Northern Baja make sailing into these spots much more appealing.

The anchorages aren't always the most comfortable.
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The Dinghy Sling may be an option.

http://www.harbormenmarine.com/index_files/Page432.htm
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That's a cool little item. A variation of that product might be quite useful in place of bungies and straps.
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Replace your longboard with a retro fish.

Looks a lot cooler, no stowage problems and AWESOME fun...



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Replace your longboard with a retro fish.

Looks a lot cooler, no stowage problems and AWESOME fun...



Like so....
As a matter of fact, I broke my longboard the other day and now I'm riding my fish. It does fit nicely just about anywhere and is loads of fun.
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The one in the picute is my new one, I'm off to Indo next week for 6 weeks to try it out. Not much surf here in the desert.

Did a charter last year in Madagascar on a french guy's homebuilt plywood catamaran. We just left the boards outside, tied with bungy to the trampoline, althought this is obviously not a long term solution.





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