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Old 07-15-2013, 10:53 AM   #21
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We stored our skiff upside down on the hard top of both our 24 and 28' cruisers.

No cradle needed, nothing to buy, we just put it up there for many years.

Getting a skiff up and down off of a hard top isnt something you want to do in your older years, but as young boaters it worked just fine.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:58 AM   #22
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Lately I've taken to tilting the dink up on the swim step since I have room and it doesn't interfere with much there. ...
But Al, carrying the dink on the swim step will cover the transom and your boat's name.

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:34 PM   #23
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But Al, carrying the dink on the swim step will cover the transom and your boat's name.

In some respects that might be a good thing!
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:04 PM   #24
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Install a handrail about 24-30" tall and 5-6' long on the top of your bulwarks portside of the cockpit. Store the inflated dinghy on edge on the cockpit sole inside your new handrail. Lash dinghy to handrail.....like this

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Old 07-15-2013, 01:20 PM   #25
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Install a handrail about 24-30" tall and 5-6' long on the top of your bulwarks portside of the cockpit. Store the inflated dinghy on edge on the cockpit sole inside your new handrail. Lash dinghy to handrail.....like this
Now that's an elegantly simple solution. Explains why you earn the big bucks
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:14 PM   #26
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Now that's an elegantly simple solution. Explains why you earn the big bucks
Ha!....and you thought I was just another pretty face on the forum.....
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #27
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Another alternative to consider is a davit on the transom such as the OMS rail mount davit Ocean Marine Systems - Davits, Rails, Lifts, and Platforms.. They aren't cheap but they do solve a lot of problems. They stow the tender in a ready to launch orientation and they could be launched in most weather conditions and don't require exceptional physical condition. I like the idea of having a tender that the Admirable could launch in a medical emergency (especially if I'm part of the emergency)!
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #28
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Tow it I say. I have done it for years in NewEngland waters with never a problem. 30' 3/8" nylon to 10' 1/2" floating line; pull in nylon when entering harbor, let out when underway. You are better off with a rigid dinghy anyway. Tie it across your bow or stern when in your slip.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:38 PM   #29
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On my 28 footer I bought a small inflatable about 8-9 feet in length with aluminum slats. I have two ropes tied to my teak swim platform. while standing on the platform I flip one rope around the stern of the inflatable and the other around the bow, I hop into the cockpit and pull the rope ends. It magically acts like a davit and pulls the dink to the stern. I tie off the two ropes to cleats and off I go. I too keep a small outboard on board. I was going to get davits, but for crap's sake, this could not be easier.
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The dinghy weighs 37 pounds....towing will not be fun as it will spend a lot of time in the air and upside down. I think stern davits on double enders look silly, (and they need to be extra long and heavy) and I don't think they are necessary for a 37 pound boat. The boat is a double-ender and has no swim platform....it's pointed at the back.....
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #32
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Incidentally, my Seagull was bought new in '83, ... To this day it always starts after one or two pulls!
My Seagull (now sold) usually started by the second pull. Never took more than three pulls.
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