|All chained up|
There are plenty of reports online too that tell of dinghies being stolen from boats in some idyllic palm fringed bay whilst their owners sleep. The thief simply rows or swims out to the anchored boat and cuts the painter with a knife. It is recommended especially in the Caribbean to lift a dinghy out of the water at night. Temptress has no davits at her stern nor would we want any as our dinghy usually lives on the foredeck when sailing. Lifting the flubber out with a halyard somewhere forward of the mast seemed a reasonable approach. However any system for lifting it out must be simple and quick otherwise we won’t bother to do it every evening before we retire to bed.
Temptress’ topsides are too high to climb out of the dinghy or reach down into it at the point where we'd want to lift it. To make it easy the lifting strops have to be attached whilst the dinghy is at the stern of Temptress and be long enough to be held onto by someone on board Temptress as the flubber is manoeuvred forward. Kevin got out the bag of spare line (ie bits too short for mooring or spare halyards) and considered the problem.
Our sturdy Dutch designed Lodestar has three hefty rings suitable as lifting points, one on the front of the bow usually used as part of the bridle set up for the painter and two low down inside on the side tubes towards the front of the dinghy. Aft there are eyelets on either side of the engine in the transom. It took a bit of tying and retying of two rope loops before we worked out where the centre of balance of the flubber lay. With the 5HP outboard on and an almost full tank of petrol it is surprisingly far back, only a foot or so forward of the engine! Each end of one piece of rope was tied to the two transom eyelets and a second longer piece was attached at either end to the inner lifting rings forward. A third line was then passed through the two resulting loops which in turn was attached to the starboard spinnaker halyard.
|Spinnaker Halyard as the hoist - note the grey day|
|View looking aft|
PS: For other ideas for lifting your dinghy see these useful tips which we found afterwards!