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Alaris

Super Anarchist
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Keep an eye out for a cheap rowing dinghy. It's nice to go ashore, and you'll save money by anchoring out rather than giving in to the temptation to pay for a marina slip for the night.
I only anchor out or pick up moorings. I don’t go cruising to go ashore. Just not what I like to do.
 

Fah Kiew Tu

Curmudgeon, First Rank
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3,483
Tasmania, Australia
I only anchor out or pick up moorings. I don’t go cruising to go ashore. Just not what I like to do.

Yeah I'm like that too.

Unfortunately (for me) my GF likes to get some exercise and wants to go ashore for walks, beachcombing, exploring etc etc.

I like a peaceful life (and getting fed).

Hence, davits.

FKT
 

Alaris

Super Anarchist
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669
Annapolis
I can't wait for him to stock the decks with potted plants and lawn chairs. Next, a ratty marina 🐈 onboard. ;)
If you saw my race boat or apartment you would take this back! I am a minimalist, I swear!

And I’m not a cat guy. I’ve got a dachshund who is looking forward to being first mate.
 

Raz'r

Super Anarchist
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De Nile
Yeah good luck with that idea. My boat draws 4'. I usually anchor in 10' under the keel.

And WRT davits, I was of the same opinion. I now have davits and they're staying there. So much less hassle to launch/recover the dinghy.

But - you do whatever you want. It's your boat.

FKT
Where he sails, there are no places with 10', let alone under the keel... But it's soft mud...
 

Crash

Super Anarchist
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SoCal
Congrats! I'm with you on no bimini as well...and yes, I've lived, raced and cruise on the Chesapeake Bay for 30+ years.

That said, I've had 6 skin cancers removed from my face and upper back, and 3 more to be removed here shortly...so maybe I shoulda had a bimini :unsure:
 

Cruisin Loser

Super Anarchist
Nice example of building a wooden boat inside a glass boat, my Hinckley was much the same.

Yeah I'm like that too.

Unfortunately (for me) my GF likes to get some exercise and wants to go ashore for walks, beachcombing, exploring etc etc.

I like a peaceful life (and getting fed and laid).

Hence, davits.

FKT
Fixed :)
 

accnick

Super Anarchist
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If you saw my race boat or apartment you would take this back! I am a minimalist, I swear!

And I’m not a cat guy. I’ve got a dachshund who is looking forward to being first mate.
Well, there's your problem right there. I've had three dachshunds, two of which lived on boats.

Your dachshund is not looking forward to being first mate. He/she is looking forward to being captain.
 

monkphunk

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It seems unavoidable on a cruising boat. We have 11, even with a seachest. At least the access is good. I move them every month too.
 

monkphunk

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11 is ridiculous.
It seems so to me too, but not so easy to cut down without compromising systems that already exist:
- engine raw water intake
- generator raw water intake
- sea chest intake
- head discharge (fore and aft)
- holding tank discharge (same hole in the boat as the forward head discharge, but has a separate valve you have to open/close each month)
- sink drains (galley and forward head)
- cockpit drains (2, 1 shared with aft head sink)
- watermaker

Just another example of more systems=more maintenance.
 
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Israel Hands

Super Anarchist
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coastal NC
I’ve got a dachshund who is looking forward to being first mate.
Ye Gods! Just the thought of a dachshund on a boat.

My wife convinced me that we needed dachshunds. I should have learned from that first Christmas at the in-laws, when their Blitzen peed on the creche and bit the 3-year old nephew. But we proceeded to get a miniature who thought he owned us, then another 'miniature' that grew into a standard - the size where you could put a drink on his back if he'd stand still. Yes we loved those two stubborn rascals. But we came to our senses and moved onto trainable dogs after they departed us. At least I never let them set foot on the boat!
 

Kris Cringle

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I don’t go ashore!

Also, with a 5’ draft and the bay’s mud bottom, I can basically beach it and swim i

If you saw my race boat or apartment you would take this back! I am a minimalist, I swear!

And I’m not a cat guy. I’ve got a dachshund who is looking forward to being first mate.

The lure of the centerboard: "Come on, go ahead, a little farther,...a little farther,...go ahead,...

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A dachshund should be a great boat dog. Go slowly so you don't scare him-her at the start. Over-dogged is the biggest problem people have.
 

Bristol-Cruiser

Super Anarchist
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Great Lakes
We got hauled in Brisbane and I asked them if they could lift us high so I could antifoul the centreboard (12' draft). I thought they would do this in the morning but they did it the night before so the paint could dry well. After a busy day working on the boat we decided to get a pizza for dinner. Around midnight the pizza did not agree with my wife and she had to go down the 20' extension ladder from the boat to the ground (no holding tanks for the heads). Tough to go down a long ladder holding your butt cheeks tightly together. Ah, the elegance and romance of long-distance cruising.
 

Bull City

A fine fellow
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North Carolina
Y’all aren’t going to sell me on biminis… just not going to happen…
I'm with you on Biminis. I don't have one (mainly because there's no room under the boom), but I've sailed on boats that have them and I find them very claustrophobic. From the skin cancer standpoint, I totally understand, but I still don't like them.
 
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Panoramix

Super Anarchist
For what it’s worth I’m storing the davits for future use. The money isn’t there for a dinghy and motor right now.
You don't need a big dinghy with a 15hp engine. A small one with a flat bottom and 2 oars give you the liberty to get ashore dry and there is no need for davits to lift it up.

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Don't know if they still manufacture them but the British "Avon" without transom were smaller and even easier to pack and store.
 




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