Saturday morning tips
Here are a couple of Saturday morning tips for you, and a small request.
First, given just how important the dinghy is to a cruising sailor, whenever you tie yours to your boat or to a dock, use two separate lines. This tip was shared with us by a long-term cruiser who adopted the practice himself after observing just how many dinghies have a tendency to go astray. The basic idea is that while one line may work itself loose, the chance of 2 separate lines doing the same is next to nil. We know multiple people who have had their dinghies drift away and in fact, without naming names, we know someone whose dinghy went walkabout just yesterday! The strange thing is that this particular sailor subscribes to the two-line suggestion that I just mentioned. He always ties his tender to the boat with 2 lines, except just that one time! Fortunately we were on the trampoline when it went walkabout and thus noticed it drifting away. We were able to retrieve it for him before it went too far.
Which brings me to my second tip. After several rescues of people in dinghies that had run out of gas or had engine troubles, and towing misc. tenders, I installed a small cleat on the back of our dinghy. I picked up the cleat for a few bucks at a chandlery and after drilling a couple of holes in the fiberglass, through-bolted it to the transom. The entire job took about 10 minutes. Although I don’t think I’d rely upon it to pull a water skier, I have used that cleat to pull a 40+ foot sailboat sideways in Cumberland Bay when they were having difficulty getting a stern line to shore. It makes the act of towing something a lot easier, especially if you are alone in the tender. We also use that cleat whenever we set a stern anchor out to keep our dinghy away from a not-so-good dock.
As for my request, if you read this blog consistently and have clicked on any of the product links that I provide in the posts, you likely have observed that they take you to our Amazon affiliate pages. If you were to purchase one of those products after clicking on the link, Amazon gives us some “coffee money.” Because shoppers can now purchase just about anything through Amazon and their network of companies, we have on occasion had some of our loyal readers message us privately because they wanted to purchase something that we had not yet linked to but wanted us to get credit for the purchase. To now make this process easier, I just added a small search box to Amazon in the right hand sidebar here. My request is, if you enjoy this blog and are going to purchase something from Amazon anyway, please consider beginning your shopping from this search box. Doing so certainly will not cost you even one cent more but it does help us out. Thanks in advance!