Cruisers Forum

Closed Thread
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 17-01-2012, 20:21   #16
Registered User
sctpc's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Melbourne Australia
Boat: saga kan walker 31ft
Posts: 545
Send a message via Skype™ to sctpc
Re: Cruising on $500 per Month . . .

Originally Posted by xymotic View Post
I'm of the opinion that painting the mother ships name on the dink is a really effective way to advertise that the mother ship is unattended.
And to add to callmecrazy how would he know we are all off the mummy just by the dink being on shore if i dident have mothers name on it it would cost the same to register also.
May there always be water under your boat,

sctpc is offline  
Old 17-01-2012, 20:32   #17
Registered User
callmecrazy's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Boat: Tartan 30
Posts: 1,548
Images: 1
Re: Cruising on $500 per Month . . .

The best theft deterrent is to get a 23 year old inflatable, that when tied up at the dinghy dock next to all those shiny new Avons and WalkerBays, is quit obviously owned by the poorest person in the anchorage
My Blog
callmecrazy is offline  
Old 18-01-2012, 05:57   #18
Registered User
osirissail's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: A real life Zombie from FL
Boat: Gulfstar 53 - Osiris
Posts: 5,416
Images: 2
Re: Cruising on $500 per Month . . .

In these days of economic hardships, makes no matter what you paint on the dinghy, etc., it will be stolen unless you have a really good system of locking it. Paint is easy to remove or paint over. With rowing dinghies, they are usually, sort of, a classic design and more than a few are enticed to steal it.

In the Atlantic/Caribbean basin waters even using lifeline cable does not work very well. Stainless chain 1/4" works better. I keep about 10 ft (3 m) attached to the bow and another 3 ft (1 m) at the stern for the motor. Of course with a rowing dinghy you don't need that one.

Finding a good place to lock it to, like a fence, tree, dock, etc. can get very challenging. Forget beaching it unless there is something close to the water to lock it. Which brings up the need to have a small stern anchor to keep the dinghy from pounding on rocks or other hard stuff or being pushed by the waves and swamped.

And whatever you use, it needs to be solidly attached to the dinghy with non-removable bolts/nuts.

PadLocks are a constant problem as the "cheap" one rust and corrode quite quickly. You can get pure stainless steel in the French islands. I haven't seen them elsewhere. Next best is the all brass (body and loop) as they don't rust/corrode as quickly as the steel ones.

The whole process is a royal pain and the temptation to just tie it up and set off on your errands is great. That's were having a back-up dinghy on board is a good idea - but getting back to the boat to get it can be challenging. Welcome to the brave new world. . .
osirissail is offline  
Old 19-01-2012, 10:45   #19
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 18,876
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
Re: Cruising on $500 per Month . . .

Originally Posted by callmecrazy View Post
Ok so, as a bargain hunter, this is the type of scenario I face all the time. I'm going to pose the question here to see what you guys would do.

This is just an example, but it's a real world example and a serious question...

I have an opportunity to buy a very nice wooden rowing dink. Its 7'6" (fits on the boat), well designed, well built buy an enthusiast with good materials and stich-n-glue construction. comes with oars. It's even painted the right color the match my boat


Seems like a no-brainer, good bargain, right boat, can't go wrong?

But, I already have a dink... It's an inflatable, pain in the ass to launch and stow, probably won;t last much longer than 2 or 3 years of regular use (maybe more).

What would you do? Buy now in preparation for the future? or go with what you have until it fails on the faith that you'll find something else when it's needed?

(edit) I forgot to mention... If I spend this $150, it would be taking away from already pre-budgeted equipment for the boat. I'd have to sacrifice something somewhere along the way (and we're not talking about AIS here, we're talking about bottom paint, wiring...whatever else, but notably important items, or food).

inflatables fail. hard dinks dont fail-- when they sink, they come back ok and still work. is always good to have an alternative to inflatable dink when cruising.
life is an adventure meant to be LIVED!!!!
zeehag is offline  
Old 28-01-2012, 13:34   #20

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Virgin Islands
Boat: Pegasus 45 25 Tons, "Pegasus"
Posts: 531

Dinghies were discussed in this thread ( on p 30. I recommend you go there.

That page features several two piece dinks that stow in less than 5 ft
of deck space and nest.

email me for others as I found at least 3 different designs.

Attached Files
File Type: pdf CurlewStudyPlan.pdf (405.5 KB, 59 views)
goprisko is offline  
Old 24-03-2012, 22:53   #21
SaucySailoress's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 8,232
Re: Dinks on a Shoestring

All above posts have been moved from Hope this helps members to find specific information
SaucySailoress is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Two Bilge Pumps on the Same Hose amarf Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 36 27-03-2012 10:23
Dinghies on a Shoestring callmecrazy Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 20 24-03-2012 22:53
Cruising on $500 per Month . . . goprisko General Sailing Forum 3094 24-03-2012 22:32
Question on Boat Suitability magnaubera Off Topic Forum 75 24-03-2012 20:34
Anyone Seen or Been for a Ride on the New Seaward 46RK videorov Monohull Sailboats 0 24-03-2012 19:32

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 13:35.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.