Preventing punctures

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Pirate Lady, Jun 21, 2022.

  1. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    With all the wood dock splinters, bolts, rebar, rocks, etc, what steps do you take to prevent punctures when docking your inflatable?
     
  2. Mauler34Rod

    Mauler34Rod Well-Known Member

    436
    Aug 26, 2020
    Chicago Lake Michigan
    2001 380 Sundancer, Raymarine radar, chart plotter and gps
    454 MPII Mercruiser w/ V Drives
    Hang small fenders off the side when docking.
     
  3. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    2007 Four Winns V358
    Twin VP 5.7GXi V-Drive / ZF63s
    I use the taylor made low freeboard fenders which hug the dinghy better.
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Get you some chaps!!! :)
     
  5. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    2007 Four Winns V358
    Twin VP 5.7GXi V-Drive / ZF63s
    I tie both ends to the back of our boat with two fenders. No issues.

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  6. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    2007 Four Winns V358
    Twin VP 5.7GXi V-Drive / ZF63s
    Really like it. Had a slight leak when I bought it but it was easily fixed over the winter.
     
  7. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    Back Cove 37
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Cummins QSC 8.3 600
    If on a visiting dock, it's considered courteous to tie up only by a decently long bow line. That lets more dinghies tie up vs. a side tie.

    At my home dock I use a couple small fenders hung horizontally at the dock, connected with a section of line.
     
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  8. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    Back Cove 37
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Cummins QSC 8.3 600
    Looks a little boxy.
     
  9. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    And that's about the last time you'll ever see it that compact. The term "roll up"....ha :)
     
  10. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    You for sure right. Never gonna get back in the carry bag again. It’s going to stay inflated on a rack at marina then come home inflated put in sunroom for winter. Doubt it will ever roll up again.
    Gotta say the quality is so much better than previous one. I am impressed.
    Maiden voyage, out at Crazy Tuna now.
     

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  11. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Is that a Coleman propane outboard you got there?
     
  12. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    It’s home, done for the day.
    Observation- the tubes are bigger than last one so almost no lean (ok, list for you particular guys). But it feels slower. More drag from bigger tubes? Will track with phone GPS tomorrow.
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