Re: Want to upgrade my 7' Fatty Knees into a life raft
Posted by: Bil
Date: January 2, 2007 09:58AM
You'll find a couple of high-priced solutions, including from the ex-dentist who makes hypalon tubes. Any Internet search service will tell you about them.
But here's the low-priced, multi-use solution, which doesn't see you investing $BIG in something you'll hopefully never use:
equip your BCC with center rope tube fenders - they're the ones that don't have lugs or eyes at the ends of the fender, to which fender whips are attached.
Center rope tube fenders have - as the name says - a tube down the center, through which you run your fender whip. All you have to do is equip your dinghy with some stainless steel eyes in the right places and make up some lines to strap the fenders to the dinghy sides.
For maximum assurance, you can even buy the Taylor Survivor fenders, which have a little pump handle built into the fender, so you can inflate the fender. Closed-cell foam fenders will probably work too.
Strapping fenders to your dinghy gives you lots of benefits: a great way of storing fenders while at sea; makes the dinghy stable for crew movement; and means your dinghy will always be welcomed when you visit another yacht. And you can choose colored fenders (no safety orange, but you'll find cranberry and hunter green).
BCC 116 Zygote,
Scarborough Marina, Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia