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Old 09-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #41
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No gasoline on the boat and no registration for the dink, just quietly slipping thru the water without much fuss.
Thanks, John.

Row, row, row ... life is but a dream.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:47 PM   #42
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Row, row, row ... life is but a dream.
You might change your mind after the first time you find yourself trying to row back to your boat against a 3 or 4 knot current. We did.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:40 AM   #43
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Maybe. But since all the boats I've crewed/captained were/are slow boats, I've been mindful of currents. And like propeller side-thrust, currents can be exploited.

Glad you made it back, Marin!
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:49 AM   #44
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Hey Mark, you raise a good point. Maybe you can help me save gasoline when we are out in the dink next week.

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:08 AM   #45
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Sorry, Al, balloon dinghys aren't conducive to rowing.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:22 AM   #46
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Thanks, Al, but my current thoughts are that I could use the exercise.
Oh, it rows! I've done it after running out of gas, albeit for a short run.

If it's exercise you want, I've got the dinghy for you!
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:31 AM   #47
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"Toothpick" oars of the typical rubber dinghy don't make effective use of my muscles, nor do such dinghies have a keel to help keep a straight course.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:42 AM   #48
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Glad you made it back, Marin!
Yeah, we managed to row out of the current that was sweeping us out a narrow channel out of a small bay. And even it had swept us out we just would have rowed on around the little island to the main entrance of the bay and back to the boat. So it was no big deal in this case.

But it got us thinking about what might happen if it had been important to get where we were going as quickly as possible, say in an emergency or whatever, and we encountered a current we couldn't make progress against or would tire us to the point of not being able to get where we needed to go.

So we bought a motor. Not a big one--- it's a 4hp 4cycle Yamaha--- but it's enough to make good headway in most of the currents we are likely to encounter up here. And while we haven't needed to use it in an emergency it's come in very handy on a lot of occasions. With just me in it and with an extension tiller so I can sit well forward in the boat, it will plane--- barely--- our 9' Livingston.

This was nice to be able to do the other week in a bay in the Gulf Islands when we decided to buy some more block ice. The marina that sold ice was almost a mile from where we were anchored. We were getting ready to depart for our next destination but it only took a few minutes to run over to the marina in the dinghy, get the ice and get back to the boat and get going. If I'd had to row it would have taken a whole lot longer.

And taking the GB over would have been a hassle as we'd have had to change our fenders over and maneuver in and out of the place and so on. Way quicker and easier to zip () over in the Livingston which was still in the water anyway.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:02 AM   #49
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I'll leave Ray and his well-powered rubber dinghy to cross semi-treacherous Raccoon Strait for Tiburon to pick up ice while we're all safely moored in Ayala Cove, Angel Island. (Go, Ray!)

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:21 PM   #50
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My Trinka will be carried on the roof on the saloon, like this stowaway sailing dinghy on the delivery trip from China. Am presently designing a lifting system relying on one of the halyards, the port backstay, and block and tackle.

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Old 03-06-2013, 12:54 PM   #51
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So Mark, how did the Trinka work out for you. You must have pics. Have you used it yet? How about a review?
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:13 PM   #52
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Never done this but .......

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I'm beginning to wonder if he REALLY has a dinghy. No pics, no name, hmmmmmm......

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Marin in the 70s we (former wife) anchored in Very Inlet and were low on water after waiting 3 days for weather to break. Took off in the dinghy rowing and went up the inlet a ways (30-40 min) and realized I couldn't buck the tide coming back. Tied off to a tree. Laid down and went to sleep. When I woke up the tide had almost changed so I went up further but never did find clear water so brought back the brown stuff. Kathleen was concerned as I'd been gone for 5 hours.

Yea Mark may be just all talk but usually he's good for a picture or two.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:04 PM   #55
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The Trinka is still in the back yard with the white wrapper covering the green hull. Plan to rig the hoist system on the Coot in the next several weeks. Dinghy's name is C Coot, engraved on the interior transom.

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I'm beginning to wonder if he REALLY has a dinghy. No pics, no name, hmmmmmm......

I stand corrected!!
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:46 PM   #57
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Mark, how big is the dinghy, I can't remember. How long from order to delivery? How much was shipping?
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #58
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C Coot is an eight-footer. It was three/four months from order to delivery (built to order). Shipping was between $600 and $700 .
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I keep going back and forth about what to buy...Bauer, Fatty, Trinka or a Gig Harbor....I can't make a decision. Keep looking on FlakesList but I can't find one. I want a 10 footer.
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The "standard" Trinka is a ten-footer. Had the same dilemma. I will say the Trinka is well-made.
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