blueachilles 9:20pm, 19 June 2011
It looks as though we may have to replace Baby Blue, our 8' rigid tender. We left it on the mooring for a week, which turned out to be a wet and windy week, and she has sunk. She can be recovered, but I don't yet know what damage she has suffered.

If she has survived, we might rename her Deep Blue.......

But if she hasn't survived, what do we get instead? We would prefer a rigid, because we can keep this at the beach, and don't have the added time of inflating a dinghy after a long drive.

What do other A24's use? If you use an inflatable, how easy is it to inflate a dinghy on board an Achilles 24? Will a rigid transom inflatable fit in the under cockpit space?

Any thoughts from the panel please?
pjbharrison 7 years ago
I've used a 12 pump from Aldi for inflating a 3.3m inflatable in a minute or two. I have a 12V portable battery pack that can be carried around too if necessary. The 3.3m inflatable with solid transom won't fit in locker or under cockpit but I've carried it deflated behind tiller on top of lockers. I'd consider getting a smaller roundtail inflatable if I was going to cruise.
jendave1 7 years ago
We have an 8' inflatable and oars, which we deflate and keep at the back tied to the pushpit when cruising. It's waterproof so don't see any need to put it in a locker.
I inflate it with a foot pump across the cockpit, a bit of a fiddle and takes about 5 - 10 mintes (there is an anxious dog egging me on which speeds things up a bit!).
With practise I got better at it, the benefit is it's light enough to carry and shallow enough to land over rocks / weed at low tide.
NormanKlipspringer 7 years ago
I have a Plastimo 240SH (came with Klipspringer), which has a hard transom and fits under the cockpit. I am fitting transport wheels which might stop this happening. Have not tried blowing it up yet on board but anticipate blowing up on the coach roof - no sprayhood. On Archimedes I used to inflate my tender with some difficulty in the cockpit. There is a u bolt on the transom which allowed me to support the dingy from the boom and use the boom to lower the stern of the dingy into the water. Also used this for recovery. All a bit of a fiddle and would prefer to simply not bother and tow.
busy home [deleted] 7 years ago
I thuoght Baby Blue was looking low in the water..(Sunday)(from shore),,,, I can repair her here, I have a trailer.If possible..
Poor thing I know you like her..
As you know I have an old zodiac 260 cadet which has been great, shes 26 yrs old cost lots but well worth it ..big tubes keep you drier ..(Aeolus wont agree) I tow it well up the stern .so little drag, I may buy another soon as shes a bit tired now,, Jen daves must be light I could not
have mine in the cockpit,
when and if you buy an inflatable check out the weight .. My compass gets left at home as I find it toooo heavy ,,
blueachilles 7 years ago
Thanks all for your responses.

Ron, we got to the mooring about 2pm, so she must have only just sunk. Mark has hauled her out, and says there seems to be no damage, so it must just have been rainwater, until she got so low that spray and the odd wave finished her off.

Di prefers a rigid tender because she finds inflatables hard to clamber over/in/out of. We like to have a tender with us for places like St Mawes and Helford where you need a dinghy to get to the pub.

It looks as though Baby Blue will live to fight another day, she's being brought up to the car park so we'll check her out next time we're down.

She was good value at £40!
Skykomish E29 7 years ago
Hi Blue see my photos re home built dinghy the Rye bay a8ft is very straight forward to build (rather like a mirror in construction methods) The rye Bay is not the one that I am building but plans available from the link on the picture thread
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