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Old 01-01-2011, 18:18   #1
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Preventing Wind-Flipped Inflatables

The forecast was for some heavy winds but our Bravo 13 mooring in the Catalina Isthmus Cove would leave us pretty protected. Unfortunately the wind clocked around during the night (as they tend to do with the passing low pressure) and they didn't diminish before flipping our inflatable with its 3-hour run-time outboard upside down for the night.

We'd taken everything but the outboard out of the dinghy and positioned fenders to reduce any abrasive damage during the night, but what could we have done to prevent it from flipping ? Filling it with water comes to mind ? Any special ways of tying up that keeps the flip from happening ?

The engine runs again after the local engine shop drained the oil and got it started. We probably ran it for an hour in the cove after we got it back but I assume the electronics will need replacing at some point due to corrosion.

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Old 01-01-2011, 18:27   #2
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It's an inflateble. That's what they do!
-Tie it down to the deck.
-Haul the motor and don't worry about the flipping.
-Raise and secure it in davits.
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Pull the drain plug and let the water inside establish equilibrium. If its really going to blow, you should take the outboard off.
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