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Old 06-07-2015, 05:11 PM   #21
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Strongly suggest you have something, an inflatable or a kayak to get to shore if you have to. There are light duty inflatable dinghies that can be had for a couple of hundred dollars.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:15 PM   #22
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Couldn't imagine boating without one.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:52 PM   #23
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I could see perhaps doing it if I were alone aboard but would consider as skipper that I owed that contingency to anyone else I had aboard.

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Old 06-07-2015, 06:59 PM   #24
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We carry ours on davits . We are on Kentucky Lake on Tn river . Only had it a couple of months but it' s been fun rowing around the marina or in the coves where we anchor .
By the way we used to live in Arkansas and have sailed a bunch on Lake Maumelle.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:56 PM   #25
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I have to agree with most of the others here and consider having one aboard a necessity.

My wife and I were at Loggerhead in Daytona the other day, and took a stroll out onto the dock (like you thought I would miss the opportunity?)
She saw a boat with a dinghy strapped to the swim platform in standard fashion, and commented on how it took up the usable space and didn't care for it.

The comment started me thinking. Since whatever we eventually decide on, may or may not be big enough to handle it, where would I put it?
I don't want it on the top, probably won't be room on the deck (don't have that kind of coin), and I don't want to tow it.

Seems the stowable inflatable would be the best option. Get one that has the option of a small kicker, and you have the best of both worlds.

While I definitely understand codger's position on the matter, if your ditch bag is properly prepped, all of the items you need with be there, in the inflatable with you when it goes over. While certainly not the most ideal life raft, it can serve a dual purpose and there's one less thing to stow.
I just can't see rowing ashore or exploring in this: Revere Coastal Elite Life Raft
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:19 PM   #26
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Check out Porta-Bote. You can find it on the web and on YouTube. I know nothing about them other than they've been around for years and I've seen a number of them being used as dinghies on the ICW.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:30 PM   #27
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There are at least 100 uses for a dinghy. Without one you are obviously going to be tied to marinas for the most part. We use ours for fishing, going to the beach, exploring, grocery shopping, evening/sunset cruises, and many other things. I wouldn't be without one.

We use the Weaver snap davit system with the Weaver Hoist. Talk to HopCar about it. He can fix you up.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:35 PM   #28
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We have two tenders, one that we tow and a rib on the boat deck. We usually have both but this summer we left the bigger one behind. We've had fun with our little 12ft RIB, it's a blast.
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:45 PM   #29
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I have seen people with pocket trawlers such as C Dorys essentially use their boat the way we use a dinghy, but that kills some of the fun, and a lot of of the places you can get into (such as a dinghy dock!).
A good many C-Brats carry dinghies on the roof! I had an Avon roll-up on top when I had a CD22 - also carried that on the Osprey. I did not carry one on the 17' Arima.

I cannot imagine boating in anything over 30' and not having at least a rowing inflatable.

Currently I carry a 13.5' RIB. And 2 hard kayaks. And a 6 man life raft (and 6 survival suits - the water is cold in the PNW). And I'm strategizing a way to carry an additional small aluminum RIB.
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Old 06-07-2015, 11:23 PM   #30
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The Weaver snap davits would not be just what I want on the boat we are considering, but may be the better choice if we do not tow, if we take a dinghy.

Here's a couple of options to look into.

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I'm kinda partial to the float in/out garage myself but the crane in/out has advantages too.
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We carry ours on davits . We are on Kentucky Lake on Tn river . Only had it a couple of months but it' s been fun rowing around the marina or in the coves where we anchor .
By the way we used to live in Arkansas and have sailed a bunch on Lake Maumelle.
Now, that's what I call class.
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Old 06-08-2015, 04:11 AM   #32
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Go cruising without one, you`re sure to find you need it.
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:41 AM   #33
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The Weaver snap davits would not be just what I want on the boat we are considering, but may be the better choice if we do not tow, if we take a dinghy.

Seawise offers another similar system. There are other products to carry dinghies on swim platforms (Jatco, Hurley, etc.) and St. Croix makes transom davits -- including a removable system. You could combine, sometimes: tow when you feel like it, lift and stow when you must.


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The comment started me thinking. Since whatever we eventually decide on, may or may not be big enough to handle it, where would I put it?
I don't want it on the top, probably won't be room on the deck (don't have that kind of coin), and I don't want to tow it.

Seems the stowable inflatable would be the best option. Get one that has the option of a small kicker, and you have the best of both worlds.

Another option is on the foredeck, similar to what's shown in Codger's avatar. One of our owners club members did that, with a crane, and she said it was a snap to launch.

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Occasionally we will boat without our dinghy but always find that it is a comfort to have it. It is suprising how many times it has come in handy. After raising and lowering it and a jet ski a few times, we always tow ours.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:22 AM   #35
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When we bought our GB the dinghy was located on top of the aft cabin and we were supposed to use the boom to manually lift the dinghy off or back on. What a battle and one that totally discouraged us from using it. We bit the bullet and had some electric Davits installed. These came from Lester Davits in Tampa, FL. Now with remote in hand dinghy is launched or retrieved in a few minutes. After five years we replaced the small electric motors with small self contained hydraulic pistons and they work even better. Jus brought our boat back to dauphin island, AL from a trip to Key West. Used it at most anchorages and at some marinas for fun and exploration. Our two dogs love it too. Point is, if you get a dinghy make sure you can easily launch and retrieve it or you won't use it much due to the difficulty.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:49 AM   #36
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Now, that's what I call class.
Yeah I call my courting machine . Joy is always ready to for a row around the marina as long as I have my nitroglycerin pills I my pocket . She says it's my version of a cheap date .
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Pack .. Marty I'm so jealous of your Tinker Belle and having it on davits.

I could do that if I took the dink off every time we came back to the home slip. What a PITA that would be. You must be charged extra moorage for the dink eh?
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Pack .. Marty I'm so jealous of your Tinker Belle and having it on davits.

I could do that if I took the dink off every time we came back to the home slip. What a PITA that would be. You must be charged extra moorage for the dink eh?
Tinker Bell ? We pay for whatever size slip we have . Our Marina has 30,40 ,50 and 60 s
We have a 40 ft slip .
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Tinker belle? The boat's named William, the dink should be Catherine or......wait for it...............

















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FYI, we anchor almost always as we travel the ICW. Occasionally we will use a marina to visit with friends along the way. We traveled 30 days from Stuart, FL to Westport, CT. We made 3 marina overnights during that period to visit friends and family along the way. Our tender (a Boston Whaler) never got wet on the entire trip. We provisioned during those 3 marina stops.

Did we need our tender? No. Would we be without it? No.
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