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Old 13-02-2013, 18:12   #31
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I had a AB 9V that weighed 143 and a Honda 9.9 that weighed 95lbs. We put the dingy on the foredeck when offshore and dragged it behind for daytrips. The dingy costed about 1 knot when towed and the engine was very getting difficult to bring aboard everyday even with a lift. We switched to an Achillies LSI that was the same size but weighed 74 lbs and a Yamaha 6 that weight 76 lbs. lifting the engine is now easy and I can simply lift the dingy by myself onto the foredeck for day trips ( I am 62) when we go offshore we delate it and stow in in a aft locker (it has an inflatable v bottom). We never tow anymore. I am MUCH happier with this arrangement! Smaller is definitely better!
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I disagree with "smaller is better". I subscribe to the "carry the largest tender you can manage" theory. I have spent too many evenings ashore with a wet backside from a choppy dinghy ride from the anchorage, and don't like soggy groceries or clean laundry. It is also nice to have the extra comfort and range to be able to explore a bit farther from the anchorage.
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Old 17-02-2013, 09:39   #33
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I have to go with Alex. After all our years of crusing the dinghy is the most important piece of gear on the boat. Most cruising boats spend far more time on the hook than actually moving across open water. In fact most cruising is done on sheltered waters. Choose the largest dink you can manage and you will never regret it!
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Old 17-02-2013, 11:06   #35
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I disagree with "smaller is better". I subscribe to the "carry the largest tender you can manage" theory. I have spent too many evenings ashore with a wet backside from a choppy dinghy ride from the anchorage, and don't like soggy groceries or clean laundry. It is also nice to have the extra comfort and range to be able to explore a bit farther from the anchorage.
Yeah, when I sold my catamaran it had a 10 ft AB RIB. I took the HC38 as part trade in so bought a 9 ft AB RIB in St Martin to store on deck (see avatar) Big difference between the 10 ft and 9 foot in choppy water. But I did have a 15 HP on both... the 9 was a bit overpowered. I'd take a 9 ft RIB over a 10 air floor though.
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I disagree with "smaller is better". I subscribe to the "carry the largest tender you can manage" theory. I have spent too many evenings ashore with a wet backside from a choppy dinghy ride from the anchorage, and don't like soggy groceries or clean laundry. It is also nice to have the extra comfort and range to be able to explore a bit farther from the anchorage.
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did have a 15 HP on both... the 9 was a bit overpowered.
Big and 15hp is the way to go.
I have 9.9 and its fine for just one person, but would go the 15 in a flash.

A dink is not just a mode of getting to shore. For a full time cruiser its the family car, the exploration vehicle, the truck, the other liferaft, the argument get-away, its the everything to a cruiser!
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Big and 15hp is the way to go.
I have 9.9 and its fine for just one person, but would go the 15 in a flash.

A dink is not just a mode of getting to shore. For a full time cruiser its the family car, the exploration vehicle, the truck, the other liferaft, the argument get-away, its the everything to a cruiser!
yep During the preparation phase, It's easy to focus on things to ready yourself and your boat for the "ultimate storm" etc. Remembering to focus on the stuff you'll use 90% of the time is good advice! Dingy, autopilot, refrigeration etc...
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Well I ditched conventional thinking. Built a chameleon nesting dink. Holds quite a bit. Powers better then the inflatable. Though I also don't carry the outboards anymore. . Got really good at rowing and skulling. Given the amount of time I spent cleaning carbs and not starting the bulky prop thing I have learned to enjoy simple. Maybe in areas with out ethanol I would revert back to pull and go prop things. The rowing dink is something I won't give up. Nesting is excellent rowing is a fine time.
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conventional thinking?? what is that....i just added a redcrest sans wood floor to my fleet---work platforma nd fun pool....paddles poorly...
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[QUOTE="zeehag;1160869"]conventional thinking?? what is that....i just added a redcrest sans wood floor to my fleet---work platforma nd fun pool....paddles poorly...[/QUOTE
Yep.
Big hard bottom inflatable with big outboard. Seems like the norm.
No one thinks your conventional.
I found that inflatables row like crap. A good nesting dink gets on deck easily and stows. Rowing did not stop me from getting places. Though I understand a long pull could be complicated. Then a failed outboard has caused me some real unpleasant trips trying to row.
I have both outboards because I see some advantage for most use rowing seems okay. Then again I am hard headed and rowing requires some ignorance if niceties and some physical exertion.
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Good to know I'm kinda doing this right. Grabbing the bow with the spinnaker halyard and hauling it out if the water like a big tuna. Haven't thought to use the spinnaker pole to keep things under control more.
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If you have a spinnaker halyard you may have a spinnaker pole as well. Rig the pole at the top of the track and run the spinnaker halyard through the outboard end of the pole. Raise the pole up with the topping lift and then use the halyard to hoist the dink with a three point bridle and swing it onto the foredeck. You can just use lines for fore and after guys to control the swing.
yeah thats pretty much what i do - the other advantage is as the boat comes up the pole goes up with the halyard and the dink naturally comes inboard with it. i use my carbon fibre (converted from a windsurfer mast) whisker pole cos i dont have a spinnaker...
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yeah thats pretty much what i do - the other advantage is as the boat comes up the pole goes up with the halyard and the dink naturally comes inboard with it. i use my carbon fibre (converted from a windsurfer mast) whisker pole cos i dont have a spinnaker...
@Charliehows: very interesting, do you rig the pole by fixing the halyard at the outward end? I tried with the halyard running through the end, it seems it does not work.
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@Charliehows: very interesting, do you rig the pole by fixing the halyard at the outward end? I tried with the halyard running through the end, it seems it does not work.

the pressure of the rope seems to be enough to hold it, but i'm using a winch on the mast to haul it so i can push the whisker pole down with my hand if i need to - i think i have to give it a bit of persuasion to stay down til the dink is nearly above the rails then i push it up as i winch and she comes in board - works in reverse for loading off too - the pole is pretty light.
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