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Dinghy Dynamics

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Dinghy Dynamics
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Do you have a dinghy for your boat? Do you even need a dinghy since you just found the PERFECT boat for your cruising adventures? Hard to decide inflatable vs. RIB vs. rowing pram? How do you plan to use your dinghy? Store it? Launch it? Learn all this and more from Captain Chris Caldwell a seasoned cruiser who started out just like you

One of our clients told us that she had over ten pages of notes on what to look for in her perfect boat. She attended many seminars and read every boating magazine to compile her list. After spending just 90 minutes in one of our Dinghy Dynamic seminars this new boater now had FOUR additional pages of notes to consider when finding her perfect dinghy.

Like to learn more? Check out our seminar calendar, email or contact us by phone 772-205-1859 and we'll be glad to get you started Living the Dream aboard your boat!

If you haven't been able to attend a seminar then here is a taste of what you can learn about your secondary form of transportation, aboard your dinghy: A Radio Show!

This is an easy link to a recorded version of the radio show. When you listen to the America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association (AGLCA) blog talk radio show these photos (below) may help you follow along and understand some of the different dinghy designs and layouts for storage aboard your boat. So, if you missed the live discussion then you can listen at your leisure and email us with your questions.

Maybe this is your dinghy? Functional but not the latest and greatest...
...could this be your dream dinghy? FUN-FUN-FUNctional with all the whistles and bells!...
More likely that this is closer to what most of us cruisers dinghy ashore in- a RIB Rigid Inflatable Boat with a 9.9 horsepower motor. The canvas chaps help keep the PVC in good shape, protected from the sun and chafing along fixed and floating docks.
This mast and boom with block and tackle dinghy boom can launch and recover your dinghy from the mother vessel....but not without a lot of practice.
This is a hydraulic controlled swim platform that will lower and raise to launch and recover the dinghy. It adds length and weight to your boat requiring you to have the propellers resized on the mother vessel.
This electrohydraulic dinghy boom is all push button control and easy to use.
Stern davits are another option to lift your dinghy above the swim platform. Be careful not to block the name and hailing port on your transom.
This meets the letter and intent of the law.
This device is from a company called Seawise. It provides a hinged outboard motor bracket to keep your outboard in an upright position as you hing the dinghy from horizontal to verticle. It sits across your transom and attached to the swim platform.
Be careful not to obstruct the view of the mother vessel's name and hailing port. Although it's a good idea to put name/hailing port on the underside of the dinghy hull and this meets the INTENT of the law, it is not really legal.
Let's go ashore!
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