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Old 06-10-2015, 08:21 AM   #59
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City: Watch Hill RI
Vessel Name: Puffin
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 32/34
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 144
We'd be hard pressed cruising without a dinghy. We seldom use slips at marinas($). We anchor out most of the time, or pick up a mooring. The dinghy allows... access to shore at any time without relying on launch service($), getting bikes to shore, getting dog to shore, harbor tours, exercise (rowing), fishing (in fishy areas, I anchor out and fish the shoreline and rocks in the dink).

Here's our setup. An 8' Trinka with sail kit, hanging on swim platform Weaver davits, 2 HP Honda (in cockpit locker). Can't tow a Trinka (or most hard dinghies) over 6 knots because it swamps. You could tow an inflatable, but you have to deal with it at a slip. Towing a dinghy is risky in bad weather and following seas. Some marinas will charge you extra LOA rates if your trailing a dink, plus difficult to deal with coming into a slip. As we get older, will consider a 9' RIB (for stability), and would store it on the platform the same way.
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