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Indeed Kevin, I reckon that can’t be easy!
My tender is a 2.7m Rib, weight is 37 kg iirc. The admiral and I can lift it aboard (stores inverted on foredeck), but if solo I have to use a halyard and winch. It’s not hard, but takes a few mins to set up. As we get older, lifting it is becoming more difficult though. Same with the big outboard (15hp), that’s a similar weight, and about all I can manage. Must make another harness for it... the little outboard (2.5 4 stroke) is no problem at 12kg. Weight is a prime factor for me in selecting a dinghy and motor.

Oh doc, there is a carbon rigid dinghy available, and they are great, but spendy! Oceantenders. 

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Since we moved aboard I have spent 3 years fantasizing about a hard dinghy for rowing and sailing. If it would take the 4hp outboard that would be a bonus but is not mission critical. Sailing and rowi

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9 hours ago, Kevin McCready said:

Pictures of nesting dinghies being put together in dead calm water are sweet. But what is the experience of the group on putting them together in a chop?

They don't have to be assembled in the water, that is just an added bonus, a party trick if you like, and generally an example used to demonstrate the water-tightness and stability. Primarily they are intended to be assembled on deck, the nesting is for stowage, not weight / ease of handling. Although halving the dinghy is obviously going to have advantages with weight and size for handling.

I have seen a very good example of a chameleon dinghy with long term cruisers. They have a simple bridle fitted to each half of the dinghy, a basic for listing any dinghy onto deck easily with a halyard. The bridle is set up so that the dinghy can effectively be assembled in the air, as part of the launching and retrieving process. Big half is hoisted up on the halyard, held over the side deck, small half sits on cabin top, big half is mated and bolted, then the whole lot lowered into the water. All one person job. Quick and efficient.

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2 hours ago, Priscilla II said:

I’m off to buy a lotto ticket, I think that would be the ducks nuts if money wasn’t a consideration 

I have rowed and driven one with an outboard, we collected one for a yacht we delivered and the are everything they say they are 

really stable, you just step onto the side no worries and they row and motor nicely

what numbers, pick my own or lucky dip ??????


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