Originally Posted by Divevac
Good point about healing Pete7. Any thoughts about the durability of patches glued to the inflatable's tube-especially given these two points will be load bearing anytime to the dinghy is vertical?
The dinghy in my photo
and its subsequent replacement are held as follows: two 5" round D ring patches are glued to the inside of the upper tube and clipped to the pushpit with carabiners with short ropes. Two more 5" d ring patches attach to the lower inside tube. These two lower ones are used to tie up the boat alongside the stern whilst we disembark. Then just pull up the dinghy, lift
it a bit and clip it on. The patches are just glued on with 2 pack glue and have been there for about 20 years on the first dinghy and 5 years on its replacement. Note the engine is stored separately to reduce the weight whilst at sea. In an emergency
undoing the top two carabiners and letting go results in the dinghy going splash and then being held sideways on to the stern in the water by the two lower ropes, rescue
option for man overboard
We have crossed the English Channel
over a dozen times with winds up to F8 without a problem with this set up. My wife commented that when underway the dinghy across the stern combined with the side dodgers helps provide excellent protection from cold winds and spray. I see you are on the Great Lakes
, so worth thinking about.
We have only recently moved to storing the dinghy folded in front of the mast
, but that is because we now have a solar
arch on the stern. The next dinghy may well go back to sideways on the stern.