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Old 11-02-2015, 12:08 PM   #1
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Dinghy Cradle - Who Uses Them

Hi folks,

I am under contract on a Californian 42. It has a deck crane for lifting the dinghy out of the water, but no cradle or rack on the deck. I will be bringing my 10' Caribe RIB to use on the boat, and would like to hear or see what others are using to store/secure their dinghy on deck.

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Old 11-02-2015, 12:50 PM   #2
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We keep our dinghy on a cradle on the aft deck. Can't imagine how else we could store it that would be out of the way, secure yet readily available.

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Old 11-02-2015, 02:53 PM   #3
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Sailboats frequently store the dinghy on the foredeck without a cradle. Haven't seen a trawler do that. Cradles can be expensive/ complicated or just simple. Mine is 2 x 4s covered with outdoor carpet. Brackets just hold the 2x 4s off the deck.
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:05 PM   #4
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This is what came with Blue Sky. The Edson cradles held the 12' RIB in place while the keel rested on rubber pads on the deck.
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I have had both a cradle and the adjustable pads that are secured to the deck. The cradle is by far better suited to open ocean travel where severe weather can cause the pads to move substantially if there is even a tiny amount of slack in the tie downs. The cradle allows you to secure the dinghy to the deck and also to the cradle as a backup. I have been on two deliveries where the dinghy broke loose (neither had a cradle)and we lost one of them. Thankfully, it was insured.
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #6
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We made ours out of Alaskan cedar painted with epoxy and 'glued' a soft strip of padding on the top where it meets the dinghy. The pieces were cut to fit both an inflatable and a jet ski by making cardboard templates and then transferring and cutting the wood. Here it is without anything on top one day we had the boat 'dressed' up - ignore the pirates they were drunk. And a couple of pictures with the dinghy and jet ski on top...














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Old 11-02-2015, 06:30 PM   #7
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In at least one situation, a fellow Krogen Manatee buddy used semi deflated fenders and tie downs to secure his dinghy on the boat deck, and he was a regular traveler to Bahamas. The new owner finds that system working well and there's nothing to trip over when the dinghy is launched.
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My boat came equipped with a cradle. The dinghy does not have a drain hole
so was (still is) lashed in it upside down.
Have acquired a larger Riviera so will need to alter the systems somewhat.

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Old 11-03-2015, 10:34 PM   #9
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You could always have two pieces of aluminum bent and installed that run lengthwise like bunks on a boat trailer and it would hold various size dinghies.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:36 AM   #11
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These work for me.Attachment 46218


They look too simple so they cant work
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Hi folks,

I am under contract on a Californian 42. It has a deck crane for lifting the dinghy out of the water, but no cradle or rack on the deck. I will be bringing my 10' Caribe RIB to use on the boat, and would like to hear or see what others are using to store/secure their dinghy on deck.

Thanks, Bill
Hi Bill
So you went ahead and bought the Californian ehhh?
on the Seawitch I use these:Weaver Industries, Inc.: Chocks The beauty of these is that they slide out and leave only low profile catches on your deck. So there is nothing on the way half drunk sailors to trip on...
Good luck and welcome to the dark side!
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:41 AM   #13
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If we had to do it again, I would look at the removal chock basis weaver Industries Offers or equivalent. I can't tell you have many toes have been skinned with the existing set up plus the loss of usable deck space on the Fb once the dinghy has been deployed. I also like that they offer several options so changing dinghies wouldn't be such a headache.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:51 AM   #14
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The Weaver chocks work well. Although I needed some pads underneath so the RIB would drain. Had we set it up to have the dingy motor aft, perhaps the normal way to do it, then the pads would not have been necessary.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:12 AM   #15
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These work for me.Attachment 46218
That us *exactly* what I was talking about! The beauty is that you can put different size hulls on it without any issue.
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The rails fit into sockets and are easily removed. Dinghy can be set on in either direction. When rails removed, have deck with no obstructions. Have a set of stub brackets to store rails when they are out of the sockets, but have not mounted those as yet. I have a set of Weaver 12 inch high pad stantions, that I decided not to use, that I would sell if anybody has an interest.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-04-2015, 10:17 AM   #17
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Being cheap I made them out of 28" . Paint white like the rest of the roof. The marine paint cost more than the material.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:43 AM   #18
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Thanks everyone for the great pictures and suggestions. I have to admit, I kind of like the idea of using four large fenders, as was mentioned early on. Easy to set up, easy to remove, and no toe breakers. I have some great ideas now to consider from you all.

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Old 11-06-2015, 11:20 AM   #19
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We're sick of falling over the fixed chocks on our flybridge and we want to claim the space back for lounging when the tender is over the side at a favourite anchorage....so we're going with a locally-made version of these removables: SoftChocks removable, lightweight and soft dinghy chocks for inflatable boats and RIB's - Free Shipping Maybe a little better than the fenders option.
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