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teneicm 02-11-2013 17:08

One more reason to raise the dinghy each night....
 
So we were just a Cape Lookout for a few nights and on one morning we awoke to a sad and deflated dinghy. Luckily, we were just a few days away from being hauled out at Jarrett's, so we made do with pumping and quickly getting to shore. Once hauled, I discovered 4 very small holes and set about patching them. Pumping it up for a test, I was dismayed to see it slowly loose pressure still. Squirting more soapy water, I located a 5th puncture... but this one had a small sharp object in it. Removing it, I realized it was a fish tooth! Then it all clicked into place: the night the dingy deflated there was a period of about 2 hours where a school of Atlantic Cutlass fish were splashing all around the boat, hunting minnows. They were so intent on their prey that they were causing a ruckus banging into the hull of the big boat. They obviously didn't watch out for the dingy either. Cutlassfish are a weird critter: long and eel like with a spiky, toothy mouth... and apparently a taste for hypalon.

So anyway, y'all have been warned....

JPA Cate 02-11-2013 17:31

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Originally Posted by teneicm (Post 1381086)
So we were just a Cape Lookout for a few nights and on one morning we awoke to a sad and deflated dinghy. Luckily, we were just a few days away from being hauled out at Jarrett's, so we made do with pumping and quickly getting to shore. Once hauled, I discovered 4 very small holes and set about patching them. Pumping it up for a test, I was dismayed to see it slowly loose pressure still. Squirting more soapy water, I located a 5th puncture... but this one had a small sharp object in it. Removing it, I realized it was a fish tooth! Then it all clicked into place: the night the dingy deflated there was a period of about 2 hours where a school of Atlantic Cutlass fish were splashing all around the boat, hunting minnows. They were so intent on their prey that they were causing a ruckus banging into the hull of the big boat. They obviously didn't watch out for the dingy either. Cutlassfish are a weird critter: long and eel like with a spiky, toothy mouth... and apparently a taste for hypalon.

So anyway, y'all have been warned....

Actually, we've had two other sources of hypalon dinghy problems: once, a turtle bit a hole in one of the tubes, and (shame on us) twice, cookie cutter sharks bit holes in the floor. So, now they've been warned even more!

Cheers,

Ann

colemj 03-11-2013 12:39

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You are too late - we were warned way back in 1975 :p

Mark

JPA Cate 03-11-2013 12:47

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Hey, Colemj,

Didn't do that dinghy too much good, did it! Great pic.

Ann

teneicm 03-11-2013 12:56

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Originally Posted by Ann T. Cate (Post 1381100)
Actually, we've had two other sources of hypalon dinghy problems: once, a turtle bit a hole in one of the tubes, and (shame on us) twice, cookie cutter sharks bit holes in the floor. So, now they've been warned even more!

Yikes! After that and Mark's pic--we're never putting our dinghy in the water again. We'll just swim! Oh wait...

JPA Cate 03-11-2013 15:39

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I guess it's only fair to explain: the turtle was fishing a shoal of fish that were hiding by the dinghy. The cookie cutter shark was just doing what they do, make round holes in whales, large fish, even submarine anechoic coatings. Big nuisances, IMO. Still, we shouldn't have let it happen a second time. ;)

Ann

gjordan 03-11-2013 17:01

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I once speared a stingray (the wings make great scallops) and the bugger got even with me on the way back to the boat. I thought it was dead, and its last flop put the stinger through my Achilies. I guess Karma got me that time. ____Grant.

S/V Antares 03-11-2013 17:26

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Twelve years ago someone left a small RIB next to the dumpster (Trash bin) per "Dumpster ediquette" with a small fracture in the fiberglass bottom. Being a thrifty and handy person I felt it responsable to take it home and repair it.
An hour or so later the bottom was fixed and the tubes inflated. A year later it was still inflated!

Seven years ago we began cruising every winter to the Bahamas and decided to take the fixed RIB along expecting it to last a season at best. Seven years later it is still with us!

Please send your shark, rock or other pointy object our way. I want a new RIB and this one will not give up!

Jim Cate 03-11-2013 17:35

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Originally Posted by gjordan (Post 1381830)
I once speared a stingray (the wings make great scallops) and the bugger got even with me on the way back to the boat. I thought it was dead, and its last flop put the stinger through my Achilies. I guess Karma got me that time. ____Grant.

Sheesh, Grant, smile at your good luck... coulda been through your Achilles tendon rather than your Achilles dinghy!

Having known a few unfortunate yotties who suffered sting ray wounds, they are not to be scoffed at.

Cheers,

Jim

Celestialsailor 04-11-2013 20:50

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Originally Posted by Jim Cate (Post 1381859)
Sheesh, Grant, smile at your good luck... coulda been through your Achilles tendon rather than your Achilles dinghy!

Having known a few unfortunate yotties who suffered sting ray wounds, they are not to be scoffed at.

Cheers,

Jim

I understand vinigar deadens the pain immediately.


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