Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] dinghy on deck during passages
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We've stored our dinghy on both bow and stern. We've used the bow when we been going into a marina with stern to mooring. This keeps the stern deck clear for backing into the mooring and in close situations still allows you to launch the dinghy off of the bow.
For longer passages the preferred location would be the aft deck.
At night, at anchor, we could hang the dinghy from the solar arch at night, but that requires manual hoisting and some securing against swinging. So we hoist it with the mizzen balooner halyard, on the port side, using the electric main sheet winch and that is quick, easy and stable against the side rail at night.
You also mentioned going ashore with a heavy dinghy. We have used two approaches when we have had to beach the dinghy.
1) a few times we have been close to shore and we have not put the motor on and rowed to shore. The dinghy is much easier to beach without the motor. Or
2) we bring a couple of smaller 6-8 inch diameter fenders that we use as rollers under the keel of the dinghy to pull it up the beach and also launch. It's a little tricky, but is definately easier than dragging.
Have fun sailing and figuring out what works best for you and your boat.
Best regards, Dan and Lori Carlson on sv BeBe, SM#387