Originally Posted by dhays
I need some suggestions on a way to securely tie down the dinghy when it is on the boat deck.
I currently have the dinghy raised to the deck using a crane. It rests on soft chocks. I don't have a good method of securing the dinghy however. I am looking for ideas for some type of fitting or system that I can use. My family is pretty adamant that they don't want toe stubbers on the deck for when the dinghy isn't there and the deck is being used for lounge space. On the port side I do have some stanchions that are close to the dinghy on either side. Since the ida is to simply keep the dinghy from moving in heavy seas the base of the stanchion would be sufficient for that if I had a good way of attaching a tie down to it.
Any and all ideas welcome.
Hate to say it but toe stubbers you will need. If you run to the stantion bases you create a really bad trip hazard.
You really need a secure method of holding the dink on the bow. The calm stuff is not the concern, it's when you get into the really big ugly water that you need it. I use 2" transom trailer straps for mine and I must say that sometimes gives me pause.
Think about this I boat on the Great Lakes. As I said earlier I use 2"straps with SS hardware.
Look at my avatar to see my dink. I got caught in an ugly mess one day, stuffed the bow , broke the straps and almost washed the whole thing off the deck.
As always, you don't gear up for the easy stuff, you plan for the worst.
Your crew will get used to the deck. And I would have a professional mount that stuff so you know your deck and dink are secure.