JUST STOW IT
I just read your article about dinghies (“Pumped Up,” April 2017). I have been very happy with my high-pressure floor dinghy in large part because I had a custommade Sunbrella soft container made for the dinghy and figured out how to permanently mount the container on the foredeck of my Island Packet. When we are traveling any distance, we hoist the dinghy onto the foredeck with the spinnaker halyard, use the 12-volt pump to deflate it, roll it up and stow it in the container. When it is time to use the dinghy, we reverse the process. The motor is stored on the stern pulpit.
Your article did a good job of discussing three different boat types. However, it didn’t specifically mention that having a hard-bottom boat also means having davits, which add a bunch to the expense. Davits do make it easier to launch and recover the dinghy. It takes at least 30 minutes for my wife and me to go through the process described above.
Bob Mersereau Island Packet 440 Grand Cru