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Old 12-14-2019, 01:34 AM   #1
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Small rib safety gear

So I'm a dinghy virgin, lots of boating experience from destroyers, sailboats and power boats but believe it or not, never a dinghy. I recently purchased an Oceanair 9 1/2 rib, very similiar to a Highfield rib, double decked, bow locker etc.

I am aware and just read the Canadian requirements, roughly - pfd's, heaving line, anchor, whistle (sounding device), waterproof flashlight and or flares, bailer, etc. And I am going to add to that, rib repairs goodies, smaller portable pump, and some portable nav lights and a handheld VHF.

What do you guys carry on your dinghy? The reason I'm asking here is that water depths and various conditions are different here on our west coast versus someone using the ICW continuously.

Also if you beach your dinghy on a high tide, mine weights 140 pounds, roughly 30 pounds in fuel and kit and a Merc 9.9 short shaft at 108 pounds. So roughly 280 pounds on the ground. How do you move your dinghy back into the water without back problems... lol!
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Old 12-14-2019, 04:25 AM   #2
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An anchor buddy can be real useful for beach landings and keeping the dinghy floating rather than beached.

Your list seems pretty good. Depending on your mechanical inclinations, a basic tool kit would be good, and possibly a spare prop. All of course depends on storage space too.

And you have oars, right?
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Really depends on the mission what I carry. 100 yards to the dingy dock in a protected Aanchorage or all alone on a 10 mile round trip to some remote beach.

As far as moving the sink once beached, it depends on how fast the tide rises, falls. I need some sort of beach wheels but haven't set them up yet so I babysit the dink with only 10 to 15 minute excursions away or leave it anchored out, gu ee's ssing where the water will be when I get back.
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:14 PM   #5
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Here is the Canadian page I referenced for safety gear, and yes the rib comes with oars:

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafet...pment-3018.htm

Here is a pic of roughly what I purchased, but this pic doesn't have a double deck system and bow locker but the rest is pretty much it. This is locally made on Vancouver Island so it isn't a well known brand, probably never will be:

https://www.harbourchandler.ca/shop/...latable-boats/

Here is a decent article on inflatable dinghy safety:

https://safe-skipper.com/dinghies-and-tenders/
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Here is the Canadian page I referenced for safety gear, and yes the rib comes with oars:

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafet...pment-3018.htm

Here is a pic of roughly what I purchased, but this pic doesn't have a double deck system and bow locker but the rest is pretty much it. This is locally made on Vancouver Island so it isn't a well known brand, probably never will be:

https://www.harbourchandler.ca/shop/...latable-boats/

Here is a decent article on inflatable dinghy safety:

https://safe-skipper.com/dinghies-and-tenders/
I will be your first Canadian to respond.
I have a Caribe 12' with console, 40 hp, gross weight of ~750#
For safety gear I carry a dinghy kit: https://www.harbourchandler.ca/shop/...kit-7910-0200/
plus a pack of 6 flares, several 50' plus lengths of 3/8" line, a folding anchor.
The RIB is equipped with nav lights, sounder/chart plotter, horns, boarding ladder, oar.

I don't haul out on the beach unless I am on sand, with a rising tide.
I occasionally anchor and throw a line to shore, but only when I know what the state of tide will be on my return, and anchor where there is NO chance of being caught on the rocks or, worst case scenario, on the oyster shells.
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:22 PM   #7
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I bought this product at Canadian Tire, which included your product from Harbour Chandlery. I am taking the anchor into the French Creek chandlery to get about 10 feet of chain added. I like the box as I can keep other stuff in it like flares and a handheld vhf.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/f...-0790043p.html

The dinghy though equipped with a bow locker does not come with a storage compartment under the seat, I made purchase one suited for a Highfield and keep the box in that seat storage area. I will use the bow locker for the gas tank storage and run the gas line between the hull and deck.

I have toyed with some kind of light folding dinghy ladder as it occurred to me that if I went in the drink, getting back in would definitely be an issue. Here is how to make a homemade dinghy ladder.

https://www.cruisingworld.com/how/ho...arding-ladder/
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