Originally Posted by Randyonr3
We've found that West Marine
sells a hard bottom dink, double floor , with a folding transom that allows the dink to be folded up and put into a bag about the size of a large surf board..
Our 10' RIB
has a folding transom, and I'm not a fan.
It was important to us before we bought a trailer, when we routinely off-loaded the dinghy
for the winter and stuffed it into the back of our Suburban for transport to home storage
But when folded, it also puts some strain on the adhesive
that connects transom to tube. Not an insurmountable issue, but keeping the tubes inflated helps that junction. And that in turn, along with the trailer, eliminated our need for a folding transom.
FWIW, we carry the RIB
on a davit system when it's aboard. Once we got the trailer we could also get a larger motor
, too. We can still launch within about 2 minutes, most of which is simply about keeping the winch
strap dry. For emergency
launch, I can get it free in about 15 seconds by inserting the plug
, unsnapping the winch
strap, and then cutting the sacrificial tie-down rope