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Old 24-03-2019, 08:15   #76
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

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Someone mentioned a Caribe. Most rigid bottom inflatables that have a fiberglass hull have a flat floor and a space between the hull and floor. They all float with the floor above the waterline. Even with the outboard mounted.

But many RIBs do not have a separate internal "flat floor."

Our does not keep the internal floor above the waterline when swamped, anyway. We've had it fully swamped with rainwater before, all the way up to the (internal) sides/tops of the tubes. With the motor attached.

It wasn't sunk, though, just swamped. Some serious bailing fixed it. Had I know how long that was going to take, I would have deployed a transfer pump.

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Old 24-03-2019, 09:44   #77
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

That is correct, many don't, especially the aluminum bottom ones. But the ones with the flat floor are extremely common. The self draining floor is their one advantage. They tend to be heavy and have problems with internal leaks (especially the Caribe's)
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

Over the years I have had many different types of dinghys. None of them would sink but what is most important is to keep the outboard above water in all situations. So far this is my favorite one. Although not rated for 8 horsepower it has no problem with a 4-stroke weighing almost a hundred pounds.https://youtu.be/ytTjO3b_XQw
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Old 30-03-2019, 18:45   #79
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

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You can’t sink a RIB.
I have filled one completely full of water in preparation of a Hurricane, and it was still well above the water.
The maximum load of a Highfield Classic 310 is 1213 pounds. And that's to remain operational. I bet it could hold at least 3x that.

Man now I'm curious! I might try filling it with water next time I'm on board
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

The US Coast Guard conducted a flotation test on the Portland Pudgy. It took something like 1865 lbs. before the water flowed over the gunnels. The boat filled with water, but never sank. https://portlandpudgy.com/technical/
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

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I doubt it will pump enough to keep up with a moderate shower of rain.
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

The Fatty Knees sailing dinghys are unsinkable.
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Takacats self drain. Attachment 188203
We used to have a Dux (same basic design). Awesome boat, it would run with jet skis in terms of speed, draft and turning ability. Plus it could run at speed in 2-3ft waves like it's nothing.

Of course, you always wore a swim suit because, while they would self drain, they would also self fill for a few seconds every time you drop off plane.

But like all inflatables, a huge pain to keep up if you want a boat that lasts for years.
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There are self bailing dinghies – The (expensive) Portland Pudgy comes to mind. The plug is left out of the bottom and water drains out. They can also be towed the same way.

Boats like this usually have floatation in the bottom and a two-layer (two-skin?) hull, so that the sole is higher than the water line: the same way a self-bailing cockpit on a sailboat works.

On these dinghies, the plug must be replaced when the dinghy is used. The user’s weight pushes the sole below the water lines so that water floods in.
And how do you replace the drain plug without getting in the dinghy and flooding it through the drain? BTDT
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

Boston Whalers wont sink...I have field tested this extensively! Ive motored one back to the mothership full of guys, gear, fish, and lobster with water slopping over the gunnels! Makes an effective live well too!

I am currently building a Unicat 2.4 which has water tight seat/bulkhead areas so in theory wont sink either, but Ive not personally field tested that one yet!
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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.
I've heard that the "Portland Pudgy" is a stout little dinghy that will not sink even if it's full of water.
As another possibility, you could get a cover for your dinghy. I made a dinghy cover out of Top Gun fabric for our Walker Bay dinghy, so it can't fill with water during a storm. It's been so nice!
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Re: Is there a Dingy that doesn't sink when rain water collects?

Pretty much any hard dinghy with a kapten collar won't sink


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