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Old 12-28-2014, 12:10 PM   #11
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City: Kitimat, North Coast BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Badger
Vessel Model: 30' Sundowner Tug
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Originally Posted by kraftee View Post
If the dinghy is sized properly for the yacht - no worries.
That's our problem, in that we bought the best/biggest boat we could afford without borrowing money from the bank, but our dingy needs are pretty extreme.

The smallest dingy we're contemplating is an 11'1" Takacat Explorer takacat.com - The new generation of rigid inflatable catamarans to be used for exploring and photographing BC's outer coast and river estuaries once Badger is safely anchored. It will also have to be deployed quickly when whales, bears, etc are spotted between anchorages.

This is our thinking so far...Badger has an 11' beam, so the 11'1" Takacat may fit on modified Weaver snap davits while docked if the dingy is "scootched" a little to one side. While underway there are four options;

1) Mounted sideways on swimstep (like a parachute underway, good for entering/exiting marinas),
2) lash it to the saloon roof (big, heavy, difficult in wind),
3) tow it (fine for the most part, but might get airborne in big winds),
4) in bigger winds we could tow it with the stern tubes lifted up and attached to some sort of pivoting arrangement on the stern, whereby just the ends of the bow tubes would be in the water. Here's one commercially available example: http://www.dinghy-tow.com/about.htm

Being former sea kayakers, the call of surf landings on outer beaches and thin water (as in inches) exploration is compelling. As an example, there are small uncharted pocket beaches near BC's Cape Caution where the sand is so fine it squeaks when you walk on it.

Maybe this spring...
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