Re: Vintage Maramu dinghy stowage
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We studied options regarding a hard shell dinghy vs a rib vs inflatable. The Pudgy can be fitted as a life boat. [currently working towards certification by USCG]. That means I can sell my liferaft and free up some space in my locker. Wife likes the fact that our Honda 2.3 hp weighs 30lbs [ just under 14 kg] can be hoisted by her. And yes sails quite nicely.
Downsides, is that it weighs altogether fully loaded 59 kg (130lbs), a bit heavy and stowing looks to be a challenge. I've seen some davits for Sharki's on Yachtworld, but I'm not sold on them quite yet. So if you have davits, I surely like to see how they are attached.
Sharki #163 1988
I have never seen a Portland pudgy, it looks nice and sails!
What I have is a UL 270 Aluminum from 3d tender, inflatable with aluminium bottom, which fits on the fore deck of my sharki, weight is only 28 kg!
Fal-lera, Sharki #135
I traded in our inflatable for a Portland Pudgy. She tows quite nicely, however on longer passages I do have to mount it on the foredeck. AS with the Maramu, the Sharki's stern tapers quite a bit and the aft deck is not quite big enough to stow the Pudgy there. So far I've been stowing it upside down. It makes it a bit harder to load and unload off the deck. I'm working on building a new cradle that would allow me to stow upright.
One other option I'm thinking about are low profile dink davits made of carbon fiber [the mizzen boom overhangs transom]. The davits would help greatly on short passages and make it easier to move boat around in tight places and improve visibility. Does anyone know of an outfit that works with carbon fiber?
I’d be really interested to hear of others Maramu dinghy choice wrt stowage
The transom of the Maramu is quite a bit narrower than the SM and later models - as such davits don’t feel right as any dink would overhang the sides If the boat a lot
Plus I have a much treasured Hydrovane on the back
We currently carry an inflatable and also a nesting affair I made
The nesting dinghy stows Inverted under the mizzen boom but that space is not big enough for the inflatable which I pack up and stow in the fwd locker
Really interested in the options people have explored.
Does anyone mount their dinghy right side up on the deck on the foredeck? I’ve seen a few SMs with this setup but feels tight re space on the Maramu
All the very best
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