Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: A RIB Dinghy Question...
Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
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I do not remember what dinghy you have.
We have a 310 and previously had a 320. To get the dinghy to lay in that area upside down you have to put the aft tubes on either side of the mizzen, which will somewhat alter the cockpit seating comfort in those two spots.
The 260 is a little small for me (but generally big for Europeans) and you will certainly get wetter than in a larger dinghy. Additionally, your engine choices will be limited to about 9hp or less. Dinghies and outboards are very important choices because you will rely on them for much of your enjoyment when cruising the world.
The 310 or 320 will take a 15hp engine which is large enough to push a SM up to 3kts (calm seas) with the dinghy tied fore and aft on the quarter of the SM. When cruising to distant shores a dinghy can sometimes be the only source to save you from grounding with engine failure, especially with no wind.
The 310 & 320 will fit upside down on the mizzen deck with the aft tubes against the starboard rail and lying at an angle with the bow of the dinghy against the aft port mizzen shroud. This position allows use of the starboard mizzen mid halyard to raise the dinghy with the electric main winch after you have used the same to raise the outboard motor. Access to the rear of the boat can be made on the port side faux-teak deck and the port side is sufficient for anything you want to do. The mizzen traveller is 100% free to travel from starboard to port. The only issue is deck connection of the mizzen boom preventer is blocked. A piece of line tied to the starboard chainplate is an easy solution.
BTW, it is very easy to use the port side mizzen halyard with a dinghy lifting harness to raise the dinghy with motor to deck level when at anchor to avoid fouling and theft. The dinghy will rest against the port chainplate. I use a very small fender between the dinghy and the chainplate and tie the dinghy fore and aft.
I hope this helps someone in making their choices.
On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 10:40 AM, Jean-Pierre Germain jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: