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Old 16-03-2019, 18:42   #31
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

I built a little skiff and put in a false floor that self nails into a stern bilge. Used 3lb closed cell foam under the floor, and all foam decks and transom as well. It has about 600lbs of buoyancy even when completely flooded with water...and I did accidentally test it out so I know it stays afloat 😄

It also has a bilge pump and battery now, so no need to bail when the small bilge fills.
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Old 16-03-2019, 18:44   #32
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Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

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Where can you anchor out, without being harassed by the ďauthorities ď in Florida?


Pretty much anywhere that isnít in a major town, or in front of Richie Richís house.
I do anyway and have never had anyone tell me to leave.
I do however stay away from the Southern end of Fl, there just isnít anything there for me.
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Old 16-03-2019, 22:46   #33
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I ask because ive been thinking about being out at anchor or using a mooring instead of parking at the marina and just dingy in for the 3 days a week I typically work.

I can predict you would find that gets old pretty quickly.

Periodic generator sessions to recharge batteries? Ferry water to the cat, or periodic trips to the dock to get water? A nice wet dinghy ride in the downpour (which will likely occure in the middle of your commute times)?

When all that becomes a required part of your normal routine... i.e., when you're not on vacation... it becomes work... piled on top of your day (night) job.

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You canít sink a RIB.
I have filled one completely full of water in preparation of a Hurricane, and it was still well above the water.
Hey Pilot, what happens if you have a load of rocks between the water ...🤣
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Hey Pilot, what happens if you have a load of rocks between the water ...🤣


You know there is so much flotation in the tubes, it may still float.
Depending so guess on the density of the rocks ?
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I can predict you would find that gets old pretty quickly.

Periodic generator sessions to recharge batteries? Ferry water to the cat, or periodic trips to the dock to get water? A nice wet dinghy ride in the downpour (which will likely occure in the middle of your commute times)?

When all that becomes a required part of your normal routine... i.e., when you're not on vacation... it becomes work... piled on top of your day (night) job.

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I had a job which required me to commute by car 40 minutes each way in city traffic five days a week.

I have lived aboard permanently since 2001 and cruised continuously since 2002 with all the "inconveniences" you mention and avoid marinas if possible.

Given my druthers I'll take the marine life any day.
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You canít sink a RIB.
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Challenge accepted

Unless you got an RPG, checkmate
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Unless you got an RPG, checkmate
Rigid yes
Inflatable no
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Rigid yes
Inflatable no
Ah but the aluminum tubes are pressurized, with valves! So it technically is a RIB
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

how do you like the pressurized aluminum tube dinghy? comfort? durability etc-- i was really interested but shipping to the states was crazy expensive unless i found enough people to get a 1/2 container load of them. one thing i wondered about was how hot they get as far as sitting on the tubes?
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how do you like the pressurized aluminum tube dinghy? comfort? durability etc-- i was really interested but shipping to the states was crazy expensive unless i found enough people to get a 1/2 container load of them. one thing i wondered about was how hot they get as far as sitting on the tubes?
Ohhh we adore that thing.... the pressurized was a joke, it is pressured a bit but you don't do anything with it... With a 20-25hp on the transom, it's a proper little ship. Deep V bottom cuts through chop like a dream, foam all around bumper protects the mothership and folds up to block spray, or folds all the way over so you can store it keel up on the foredeck without damaging the deck like in the pic.

Other day we took her out here in mallorca to get to a little cove, swell was 1+meters, steep, and it didn't phase it. I would NOT have gone out in my old dinghy in that, but this little beastie ate up the miles even in that crap. Comfort is fine, not as comfy as rubber obvs, and no seats, but she has a built in casting deck and locking cubby beneath so that makes life easy and secure.

Heating in the sun... on deck she gets hot! but in the water, the aluminum conducts heat so amazingly well that the tubes stay cool even when they should be boiling. Really solid boat, we'd never trade her....she'll outlast us all
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

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Hey,

I was just curious if there is such a thing, been looking at some boats and even went and walked 2 boats yesterday with a broker, I am curious if there is such a thing as a dingy that will not sink if it was to like rain during the day and fill up in the dingy while it is sitting at the dingy dock. I ask because ive been thinking about being out at anchor or using a mooring instead of parking at the marina and just dingy in for the 3 days a week I typically work. One thing that came to mind was since it rains so much here in Florida and when i go to work im there for 12-14hrs shifts, I don't want the dingy to fill up from water during a daily rain and sink on me.
as long as the tubes have air an inflatable doesn't sink. I've filled mine all the way up with water as hurricane prep and it still didn't sink
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Ah but the aluminum tubes are pressurized, with valves! So it technically is a RIB
I beg to differ.

I think RIB stands for Rigid, Inflatable Boat. The alloy monster is rigid and a boat but you don't inflate it. Perhaps RPPB, Rigid, Preformed,Pressurized Boat would be appropriate.

Can you imagine what it would look like if you folded it up then unfolded it and inflated it a few times. Wrinklier than granpa.

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