Dinghy Rings

Ben Meakins as­sesses Dinghy Rings, a Swedish prod­uct de­signed to en­sure con­ve­nient dinghy stowage while your boat is un­der way

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Con­ve­nient dinghy stowage while your boat is un­der way

Stow­ing a dinghy is usu­ally a mat­ter or de­flat­ing it and shov­ing it in a locker – but if you’re gen­tly cruis­ing be­tween shel­tered an­chor­ages, that can take some time.

Other options are to stow it on deck or in­stall a set of davits – but the for­mer can clog up your decks and the lat­ter re­quires the large, heavy in­stal­la­tion of davit cranes.

Dinghy Rings is a Swedish prod­uct that doesn’t re­quire any per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tion. It will only work with dinghies which have pointed spon­sons – round­tail dinghies won’t fit.

It com­prises a pair of stain­less steel spec­ta­cles, with two foam disc floats that not only keep the rings float­ing, but also keep them away from the tran­som and al­low it to move around without dam­ag­ing your boat. The man­u­fac­tur­ers say: ‘Hung over the stern, bow or side, it’s ad­justable in height and fits al­most any boat. The ac­ces­sory can be taken apart for stor­age and the soft foam parts can be used as ex­tra fend­ers.’ Your dinghy needs to have a width be­tween the spon­sons of 1-1.4m to fit.

The ap­pa­ra­tus is at­tached to the boat with ad­justable straps, and the dinghy’s spon­sons fit into the spec­ta­cles, where­upon you can haul upon the painter to lift it out of the wa­ter.

In use

We tried it on the back of a Hall­bergRassy 352, which has a plumb tran­som. The man­u­fac­tur­ers’ pho­to­graphs show it also fit­ting on a va­ri­ety of tran­soms in­clud­ing those with sugar scoops – although it ob­vi­ously won’t work with a tran­som-hung rud­der.

We po­si­tioned the float­ing rings at the wa­ter­line, although you can hoik them up out of the wa­ter for sailing, and ma­noeu­vred the dinghy into po­si­tion. With a cross­wind, this took a lit­tle time, but the dinghy was soon in­stalled; and with a heave on the painter it was stand­ing on its tran­som, with the spon­sons clear of the wa­ter. We lashed the painter to the back­stay, and added twin web­bing straps to stop the dinghy mov­ing from side to side when un­der way.

We then went for a sail to see how se­cure the sys­tem was. Firstly, it’s worth point­ing out that this won’t do any­thing for your boat’s wind­ward per­for­mance! How­ever, as a way of se­cur­ing a dinghy for short sails be­tween an­chor­ages, how did it do?

The whole ap­pa­ra­tus was sur­pris­ingly rigid, es­pe­cially with ex­tra straps added. If you’re not wor­ried about sailing per­for­mance, then it’s a good way to keep your dinghy clear of the wa­ter without hav­ing to haul it on deck or de­flate it.

The dinghy stands on its tran­som, with the spon­sons clear of the wa­ter

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