inflating a dinghy every time?

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by domer94, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. domer94

    domer94 Active Member

    May 14, 2017
    norther NJ
    1995 330da
    twin 454 inboard v drives
    does anybody typically break it down and stow it after use to avoid a permanent davit setup? is this something that is really out of reality and would be a major PITA all the time?
  2. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    I used to do it every weekend in a smaller slip than we have now. The bigger pain is getting all the stuff out and the motor off every time.

    I did it on the dock, inflating and deflating while away from the slip would be a huge pain
  3. stephens013

    stephens013 Active Member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Ft Walton Beach, Fl
    2001 510 Sundancer
    1997 400DA Sundancer
    1994 Chalarral 310 Signature
    3196 Cat; 660 PHP
    3116 Cat; 340 PHP
    Lucky me, dock master stores my rig inside the boat barn when every I wish. Pulls it out with the lift and stores it on a rack. Man, would hate deflating and then getting it back in servisable shape every time. Just too darned much to mess with.

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  4. mmcguire2002

    mmcguire2002 Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    MDR, CA
    2003.5 Sea Ray 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons
    Total PITA. There are several versions of davits when can be removed once the dink goes in the water. The real question is do you use the dink every time you take the boat out, or just occasionally. For us, we need it for every trip, so it was an easy decision.
  5. Blue Chip

    Blue Chip Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 9, 2019
    New Smyrna Beach, FL
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 420
    "Day Five"
    6CTA 8.3M 3
    I find storing mine on its side on the platform (and having to take the motor off every time) hard enough - I can’t imagine inflating it every time(I have an electric pump on board as well).

    I’m going to a favor this winter though.
  6. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    What is a favor ?
  7. Blue Chip

    Blue Chip Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 9, 2019
    New Smyrna Beach, FL
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 420
    "Day Five"
    6CTA 8.3M 3
    Sorry - davit apparently auto corrects to that. Thinking H30 - but very pricey and even more so if I want the extension. But - it would make life super easy and allow me to put a bigger motor on the inflatable.
  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    I have it all and it makes the dinghy so much more fun than work. (Took a long time to get here and is not cheap.) Have H2O davits and a crane to pick it up. Then have a jetski dock to keep it on in home port, and a PWC trailer to transport and store it on. Has really simplified managing the dinghy.

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