For years without davits, we hoisted our tenders (from plastic inflatable to folding Portabote and smart Tinker sailing dinghy) over the guard rail to be stored on deck.
In our most intimate insight yet into life aboard SY Esper, we undergo self-therapy and get some irritations off our chest.
How to repair a dinghy leak? Are you sure you are using the best glue? Is your method correct? And we wonder if it’s better to be in the USA right now.
What’s the biggest dinghy your sailboat can handle? Are you going to keep it on the davits? On deck? Will it deflate or fold for easier storage? Can you easily drag it on shore? Will you be able to take the outboard motor on and off easily? Where will you store the outboard? Do you want a tender which is easy to row?
It’s been a long wait, but we are ready to leave the marina and need some space to clear our heads. But before we go, there are a number of jobs to do… and will the authorities actually let us out?
With unknown reefs and rocks scattering the seabed running aground was a frightening possibility. And in an isolated part of Indonesia, with no-one around to come to our aid, we were in a precarious position.