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Old 17-10-2015, 15:30   #1
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A real problem with the dinghy

I've been at this stuff a long time.

Now that I'm back in the water, I was painfully reminded of an old problem that never went away.

I'm in agony after most dingy rides. That crouched position, for several minutes on end,while slamming and pounding up and down,holding onto am outboard with one hand and the hand hold for dear life with the other.

This really, really hurts my back.

What has anyone done to solve this problem?
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Old 17-10-2015, 15:32   #2
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Re: A real problem with the dinghy

Slow down?
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Old 17-10-2015, 15:37   #3
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Re: A real problem with the dinghy

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Slow down?
Ha ha ha. Figured that one would make the short list but it doesn't help. It still bounces around, but for 3x longer. Same or worse pain as going fast to get it over with.

I'm typically a mile or so out from landing docks.
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Old 17-10-2015, 15:41   #4
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Anchor closer?
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Old 17-10-2015, 15:45   #5
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Re: A real problem with the dinghy

When we cruised, we had an Avon 10' RIB with a 15hp Tohatsu.
It really could move, and when in rough conditions, I just assumed a semi reclining position over the stbd tube.
I kept my knees bent, sitting on the floor.
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Old 17-10-2015, 15:50   #6
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Re: A real problem with the dinghy

Maybe one of those wrap around back supports made for lifting.

They certainly help my back when doing certain types of manual labor.
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Old 17-10-2015, 18:16   #7
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Re: A real problem with the dinghy

2hullvenus,

You're not going to like this answer, but in my case, it required spinal decompression surgery. The good news was that after that, I could still do spinnaker trim.

Hoping it doesn't come to that for you: what makes one's back happiest is to be in alignment, not twisted. Any approach that will allow you to not be as twisted when you're driving will help. Also, when it is really bumpy, we stand up, and take out the shock loads with our legs and both hold onto the painter. Some here will tell you that's unsafe. However, be that as it may, it IS what we do, and it is much more comfortable.
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Old 17-10-2015, 18:20   #8
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Re: A real problem with the dinghy

My Walker Bay sailing dinghy actually obliges me to kneel in the bilge when I'm sailing her solo, better balanced with two though. I think the fact that dinghies are uncomfortable is the reason so many of us are running around in 30+ foot boats

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Old 17-10-2015, 19:44   #9
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Row! Or if you must motor, try changing hands every couple of minutes.
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Catamaran dinghy 10-11' long - Page 6 - Boat Design Forums


Here is a thread about a dinghy concept I have been working on. It is intended to run 8-9 knots without planing due to narrow hulls. Will run faster with a light load. So hopefully will be a smooth ride while going twice as fast a non planing dinghy and only a bit slower than what you ease off a RIB to control the bounce. should have it in the water in a week or two. hopefully it works out. .
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+1 for standing up. No dingy butt to boot.


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Old 17-10-2015, 20:10   #12
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I use a tiller extender for the Outboard. I found mine at West Marine and extends so I can sit facing forward without twisting.
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I hate to say it, but daily crunches and planks would help a lot. If your core is strong it will improve or eliminate backache. I also use a product called Spine Worx http://www.amazon.com/Spineworx-SW10.../dp/B000F8UBG0 it's literally kept me away from the chiropractor, I used to have to visit him on a regular basis. (I have no financial interest in that product, other than it saves me thousands in chiropractor bills for alignments.)
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No personal experience,but would a tri-hull/cathedral hull dinghy give a softer ride?

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Caribe C12.. ended all my (similar) problems....
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