Just thought I should post again here as so many took the time to answer my question. At the time the pictures were taken at Arlie beach there was neap tides and none of the dinghies were in a position to dry out so that of course was not the answer although maybe just a habit. We too will trim up the motor
to the first or second position in such a circumstance however we will never leave the motor
completely up. I did take the time to ask at the yacht club office and they did in fact tell me that it was policy of the club to require that the motors be left up due to fouling of painter lines in others props as others have suggested here. I certainly respect their decisions however much I disagree. And yes we have suffered damage in the past due to sharpened props from groundings which can leave nice jagged edges on props. Floating painter lines as someone else suggested seems commendable. How much time does it take anyway to lift
while retrieving your dinghy
and onboard to ensure that those inflatables do not get damaged while you push off from the dock
After spending so much time in SE Asia
we have taken to the practice of tying up with a long painter to shore and throwing out a stern anchor
although it is nice to be able to get along side a pontoon dock
For those that suggest that the reason is marine
growth or corrosion
due to salt water
, all I can say is that on every dinghy that is tied behind an anchored boat (which I understand) or even towed behind a sailing one (which I cannot fathom) the motor is always in the fully down position?????????
Appreciate all the feedback. Should arrive Bundaberg tomorrow.