Originally Posted by shrew462
There has been a sign at every single
dinghy dock I've ever been too:
* Leave motors down while tied to dinghy dock
* Use at least an 8ft. painter
* Place garbage in designated recepticles.
Maybe the dinghy docks you've visited also assume this is common sense and don't bother posting
this. Every dinghy I frequent has a similar sign.
OH REALLY????? I started sailing way back in 1979 and every year since. I HAVE NEVER, NEVER SEEN SUCH SIGNS. Warnings about garbage, yes. But maybe because here in New England
so called cruisers just don't give a damn!
OK, OK............. I happen to agree that engines should be left down at dinghy docks AND I also agree that anybody acting as a self appointed dinghy dock master could well have his hands (fists) full.
But getting back to engine
up vs down, there are times when I found it necessary to keep the engine
up, but never at a dinghy dock; I keep mine down. Several times in crowded mooring
fields I had my dinghy engine down only to have engine's shaft and prop catch in another's mooring
tackle. Over the years I attempt to minimize such a mess by raising the engine and tieing the dinghy's bow and stern to the back of my boat as tightly as reasonably possible.
I fully agree with Gord May about locking at most dinghy docks. Even an old discolored dinghy along with a battered old engine is sometimes the only thing someone can afford. The unscrupulous thief cares not what he steals nor from whom.