Starting second season using my new smaller lighter dinghy
(Avon Lite RIB
310) and smaller lighter outboard
I am still loving very much, having so much less weight in the davits
. The lighter dinghy
is vastly easier to handle than the old one (wheel-steered 25 hp 3.4 meter RIB). It's terrific being able to fold it up for ocean passages.
But I'm still struggling a bit figuring out the optimum way to handle the outboard
The 8hp Selva only weighs 27kg (about 60 pounds), so is fairly luggable, but it is extremely awkward manhandling it off the dinghy from the swim platform -- I feel like I could easily stumble and drop it into the drink. So I have been using a halyard
for a safety
line, but that only makes the process even more awkward.
I had an outboard crane on my previous boat
, and that is obviously the easiest way to deal with the outboard. But I am greatly loathe to add more windage-inducing carp on my boat
, after working so hard to make it go well upwind.
So is there a third way? What are others doing? Maybe the way to do it is with a block and tackle slung from the boom? Tie the dinghy up alonside the mother ship, haul the boom out, lift
(could be done single
handed), then get back on the mother ship, pull the boom in, and carry the outboard over to the rail.
What do you guys think, and what are you doing?