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Old 21-02-2015, 23:00   #1
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Storing a Dinghy

So I purchased a boat that came with a hard floor inflatable dinghy. I have mix feelings over the dinghy because its in good shape, but I hate assembling it and storing it.

So to mitigate the issue of assembling it, I bought an electric pump and folding it on my foredeck. I use to have the boat sitting on my foredeck assembled, but it was an eyesore and things always got caught onto it.

So I have it disassembled with a torn up boat cover loosely covering it. I just went sailing the other day and the jib sheet line was still catching onto the dinghy. Except this time it was pulling the dinghy off the boat.

I am considering a porta-bote or a foldable RIB. But the foldable RIB will still have the issue of it being stored on deck. The Porta-bote will probably be stored on the side attached to the stanchions.

What are other options of storing a dinghy? I don't want to store it on the aft of my boat as that will be some excuse by the marina to increase the price on me. Anything else other than storing it on the foredeck?

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Old 21-02-2015, 23:45   #2
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Re: Storing a Dinghy

On the cabin top under the boom?

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Old 21-02-2015, 23:55   #3
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Re: Storing a Dinghy

I had one of these on my last boat, it seemed like a good idea but I ended up leaving it inflated all the time and usually just towed it along behind.

With my small boat I've got a roll up slat bottomed dinghy I store in the pilot berth or forepeak depending on where I'm going. Like this one;

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Always compromises, though that folding RIB would fit on your coach roof pretty easily I'd guess.

I'm going to follow this 'cuz I'm in the market for the next greatest tender.

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Old 22-02-2015, 02:24   #4
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Re: Storing a Dinghy

Leave it at home. If you're not going to store it in a manner that will encourage you to use it, then you're the same as not carrying it. You don't like the foredeck because of looks. You don't like aft because you might have to pay more docking. Yet those are the two methods that get it used.
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Old 22-02-2015, 04:55   #5
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Re: Storing a Dinghy

In the Whitsunday Islands if you charter a boat you tow them behind you.

I wouldn't do it where I live, and I have mine tucked up under my pushpit on davits, but if you do day trips to would be fine to tow it.
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Old 22-02-2015, 09:16   #6
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Re: Storing a Dinghy

Yeah that's what I figure. I had a friend that said that I should just tow it or leave it at home. And take it when you are actually going to use it. The issue is that I don't have the best garage space, so its going to be difficult to store it at home.

I will probably just keep it on the deck and try to configure it in a way where my headsail isn't hitting the dinghy. And then just unpack it and when I arrive at my destination. I need to go sailing some more to see what the best way would be.

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