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Old 09-27-2007, 07:22 AM   #15
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I got a 12 ft. Caribe with a chain locker, and a floor. with the same 15 hp Merc. The 12 foot is a bit more to handle getting it on board.
Hi Frolic,

Good looking Cat - welcome to the Multihull fraternity.

Do you have beach wheels to hinge up on the Dinghy ? How are they fixed ?

What make ? What does the caribe weigh without engine ?

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Old 09-27-2007, 03:00 PM   #16
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MMNETSEA, I haven't wheels on the dink, but when on the west coast, and going through Mexico I saw lots of dinks with said wheels. I would guess it weighs about 200lbs, but that is just a guess. I have a small crane on the stern, and use the main halyard, and winch to crank it up, My wife is 100lbs, 4" 9" she manages the 12footer. I ac tually place the dink on, and off of the stern. The couple at the stern of the boat I have known for 37 years. He is the one that actually got me into sailing, and yet we still remain friends...LOLOLOLOLOL
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Old 09-28-2007, 02:44 AM   #17
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Hi Frolic,

I am glad you have got a strong wife ! In tropical waters - one of the greatest joys is going to the beach; sometimes just to explore; hang out the laundry ; have a barbie or a braai.

However, in some places the range between high tide and low tide can be as much as 20ft - surprise ! half an hour after leaving the dinghy close to the shore, now the nearest sea is a hundred yards away ! The wind is getting up - need to get back to the mother boat.

The Caribe 200 lb; the Merc 15-100 lb; the gas tank 50 lb; the anchor & rode 15lb; the picnic basket; etc.

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Old 10-01-2007, 12:37 AM   #18
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Hi Richard,

Edit: Can anyone tell me how to set up proper spacings when I post? I draft in Word then copy to "Reply" but it always adds extra spaces when I post, taking up too much space (sorry about that!)

Tnx!
Your spaces are fine.

It is your little font that is hard to read.

It is because of the font difference.

Try a reply to your own post and look at the quote.

There is a lot of "font" and "/font" inside of these []
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Having cruised the East Coast of Australia happily for a year or so, I have been generally pleased with our Zodiac inflatable and 5hp Suzuki - having said that I'm always looking at RIBs with a degree of longing. What I would really like, though isa tender that I could sail - keepingthe Zodiac packed away as a reserve. Has anybody had any success with a sailing dinghy as a tender?
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Having cruised the East Coast of Australia happily for a year or so, I have been generally pleased with our Zodiac inflatable and 5hp Suzuki - having said that I'm always looking at RIBs with a degree of longing. What I would really like, though isa tender that I could sail - keepingthe Zodiac packed away as a reserve. Has anybody had any success with a sailing dinghy as a tender?
We use a Tinker Traveller for tender--it is a 12' fold up inflatable that was designed for rowing and sailing first, you can use it with a motor (3 to 5 hp) but we don't. The load capacity is great so it makes a wonderful tender--and it sails great, too. Added bonus for us is that it only weighs 65 lbs (without a motor), can be launched by either one of us without the use of davits, and folds up so it can be stowed below very easily so it doesn't have to be on deck during a passage. The downside for you is that Henshaw stopped making them a little over a year ago (scuttlebutt was that they were too costly to make in the UK and Henshaw wasn't willing to send the production offshore, but I don't know if that's true)--so at this moment they're not available new. There are used ones that show up on the market in great shape all over the UK and less so in the US. I don't know about other locations. I suspect that now that they're out of production, another company will start copying the design of the Tinker line of sailing dinghies by Henshaw.

The other sailing dinghy that we'd seriously consider if we didn't already have a Tinker is something called the Portland Pudgy. We have a friend with one and he loves it. My husband and he were supposed to have a "sail-off" competition with the two but we never managed to link up for them to do it--and now we've moved on to a different place.

Here are websites for both--

http://www.tinkerowners.org.uk/p03.htm

http://www.portlandpudgy.com/details.html

Here's a blog link to a cruiser using the Pudgy Pudgy

Here's a link to a video of a Tinker Traveller sailing in a regatta

Many people have made sailing kits for other dinghies. Not many people would use a canoe as a tender--but our back-up to the Tinker Traveller is a Prospector canoe and as a matter of fact, we love to canoe and many years ago we made a sailing kit for our canoe (there's a American Canoe Association set of directions for doing this) which involved lee boards and a lateen sail. A friend of ours has just found a way to put a similar set of lee boards and lateen sail on her 10' aluminum dinghy.

If you google it, you'll find places that sell sailing kits for all kinds of dinghies. You may find one that is useful for your existing tender.

Here's a video by someone who made their own rig for an inflatable

In my estimation, what makes for a good tender is capacity (both the Tinker Traveller and the Prospector canoe have over 1000 lb load capacity), ability to be rowed (rather than just motored), ability to use a small motor and a sail kit. Suggest you start with a similar set of "tender criteria" that meets your own needs.
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