Perhaps the OP is not in the first flush of youth ( welcome...).
The transom/rudder step is a good trick as it will always be there.
I carry half inflated floor less round tail dinghy on coach roof, as I did when I had a 21ft Corribee too.
The addition of wooden floor and transom does make them both wider and bulkier though they may still sit under the boom if you take 'most' but not 'all' of the air out. To inflate lie it across the guardrails forward, this usually gives you standing room as well for inflating, then give it a push!
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09-04-12, 18:19 #21
09-04-12, 18:19 #22Registered User
Location : Solent
- Join Date
- Nov 2010
Thanks all, a few things from the thread:
I have an old wooden boat - we have low freeboard. Our gunwales are level with the average pontoon.
The gunwales are about 6 inches wide. We have about 8 inch high coaming around the cockipt.
We dont have guard wires.
Cabin roof is two level, high from cockpit to mastk then itsteps down to a lower section, then slopes down to the fordeck. Foredeck is about 1.5 meters only.
1) For safety I will be buying a liferaft and keeping it in a cockpit locker. Should save having to have the dingy inflated when at sea. I liked the dingy as a liferaft idea as but the only times that we would want to leave the boat would be because of immement sinking (collision perhaps) or fire, I wouldn't want to be messing around inflating a dingy ..... so I will buy a liferaft before leaving the Solent.
2) I need to test MOB recovery and think about the boarding ladder. Perhaps its time to buy a new one that I trust rather than the old and pottentially rotten one that I found post purchase.
3) I will try rigging a couple of wooden beams over the cockpit and try laying out the dingy ready to inflate. I will try this at the pontoon before trying it for real at anchor!
4) I am going to have a go part hoisting the dingy it up the mast using the main halyard, and pumping from below. You never know, it might work!
Thanks again, all your comments have been very useful. I really do find the forum a great way to learn and it is apriciated.
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09-04-12, 18:23 #23
As for newer boats with step? Hmm I would say my generalisation has become less true as shroud bases have got smaller and free-boards higher. Our new to us boat my partner can only get up the stern ladder
09-04-12, 19:07 #24
The tradional thinking - and I know people who've tried this mid - Channell when becalmed & prop was fouled - is that a transom boarding ladder may well come down & punch the daylights ( permanently ! ) out of a swimmer, and my chum - an experienced diver involved in this incident - agrees.
I know from my own experience overboard that a flexible plastic or rope ladder is pretty useless, one's feet just swing under the boat.
Like everyone else I have no magic answer, but I suggest IF anyones' left aboard a rigid ladder - the sort which hooks over the cockpit coaming - and proper pelican hooks to allow detachable guardrails are a major assistance; OK might cost £100, but a lifebuoy costs near that once one has added a decent light, drogue, reflective tape & name graphics...
Not suggesting one or the other, we need both, as history has taught us; also danbuoys, personal EPIRB's etc, but basics first.
Last edited by Seajet; 09-04-12 at 19:12.
09-04-12, 19:19 #25
09-04-12, 19:57 #26
When you say the gunwales are 6" wide, do you mean that you effectively have no side-decks?
Hoisting the dinghy up the mast may well work but only in light winds!
FWIW, I inflate mine on its side on the side-deck, using the pole uphaul to keep it from flaling over, and once finished the uphaul is very handy for hoisting it over the rail and lowering down to the water. This is on a 27ft boat (with side decks!)
09-04-12, 20:42 #27Registered User
Location : Small Boat in Bahrain : Big Boat in Turkey
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
With our Limbo 6.6, our Wetline Eco 260 gets stored in the quarter berth, and inflated in the cockpit (if we tow it, it really eats into the boat speed). We have infill boards that allow us to turn the whole cockpit into a double berth so it is easily supported, but when we've left those at home, we have found it easy enough to support the bow section on the tiller (it's a transom mounted rudder so the tiller can only be pushed down so far) and the transom board of the dinghy spans the cockpit to support the stern section. We inflate it as much as possible and then pop it on to it's side to finish, before sliding it over the lifelines. Deflating it is a breeze in comparison. Does help having two sets of hands to man handle it though.
09-04-12, 21:15 #28Registered User
Location : Southampton
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
Wherever it was connected, it shouldn't cause a fire. If the wire can't carry that much current, then the fuse protecting the wire should blow. Are you sure he was an electrician?
I have a socket in my cockpit which powers the searchlight or anchor light; I made it beefier than these things needed with the vague idea of getting an inflator pump at some point. Sadly I didn't actually check what an LVM inflator draws; the socket is rated (and the wiring calculated) at 15 amps so the big beasts are over the limit.
09-04-12, 21:23 #29
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