Originally Posted by valhalla360
But even on 40-45' sailboats, planing solid dinks aren't significantly more difficult to store than a similar size RIB
I keep seeing this interesting claim appearing in this thread - drives me nuts. Let's talk about a dinghy
stored on the foredeck, as many or most cruisers do, if they don't have davits
. I suppose you can actually say it's no more "difficult" to store, in fact the hard dinghy
is actually easier to just hoist and store on deck
since you don't have the option of reducing it's height by deflating it, so less work
to do. And you don't have to reinflate it either. OK, you win, it's no more "difficult" to store and un-store but A RIB
uninflated will present about 1/3 the view obstruction and 1/3 the windage as a hard dinghy of similar length and capacity. In addition to all it's other advantages of stability.
I did however, wish I had a hard dinghy (and a very big rifle) when I am exploring these crocodile infested estuaries in Central America!