Best Dinghy For Bluewater Sailboats(Hypalon vs PVC, Fiberglass vs Aluminum)Patrick Childress #24

Best Dinghy for Bluewater Sailboats; Hypalon vs PVC, Fiberglass vs Aluminum.Patrick Childress Sailing Videos/Sailing Tips #24. How to choose a new Dinghy. What Dinghy for a cruising sailboat? So many dinghy choices to make... Fiberglass vs aluminum RIB? Double vs Single floored RIB? Hypalon vs PVC Inflatable? Best "How To Sailing" video for how to choose a new dinghy for your Bluewater Cruising Sailboat; What to Look for. The cheapest Dinghy may not make the most sense. Circumnavigator Patrick Childress has a lot of sailboat and dinghy ideas for you to think about. We bought an Avon RIB in 2006, and it’s lasting well, but I am sure a new one is one the horizon but what Dinghy is best for a cruising sailboat? Should we get an Aluminum RIB or a fiberglass RIB? Hypalon vs PVC for sure. Patrick Childress Sailing Videos #24 Sailing Uma just baught a new dinghy - has anyone see it? Follow the Boat will be buying one soon - maybe they will so a How to sail video too! Also Snorkeling in Madagascar. Sailboat How To Video #24 http://www.youtube.com/patrickchildress. See our blog at http://www.WhereIsBrickHouse.com Please, start your Amazon shopping here: here: https://amzn.to/2K9MmuA Places to start shopping for your new dinghy: http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-8942237-10540053?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westmarine.com%2Fbuy%2Fwest-marine--rib-350-double-floor-rigid-pvc-inflatable-boat--13061007&cjsku=13061007 https://amzn.to/2RoxBX9 This looks like an interesting Dinghy though I’m not sure it could fit on most cruising sailboats: https://youtu.be/Y0gzAYcowQE. And https://youtu.be/kcFv9SO_8lQ ✘✘ MY CAMERA GEAR ✘✘ https://amzn.to/2E5N5Ig https://amzn.to/2E4YLei ▬▬ FOLLOW ALONG! ▬▬ ✩Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/svBrickHouse ✩ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SYBrickhouse ✩ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SVBrickhouse ✩Our blog: :http://www.WhereIsBrickHouse.com ✩Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/PatrickChildress Wish we were on Patreon? We aren’t...but you can support us in 5 other ways: 🍯(Tip Jar) http://whereisbrickhouse.com/tip-jar/ ⛵️ TWO FREE SAILING COURSES: http://www.nauticed.org/?school=where... ⏩ Amazon shopping here: https://amzn.to/2K9MmuA ⏩ West Marine Shopping here: http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-8942237-13612378 ✩Tshirts and other: https://www.WhereIsBrickHouse.com/store **As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn commissions on qualifying purchases, as well as from other affiliate links listed on this page** The final episode of Season 2 of Tips from a Shipwright. Join Lou as he launches his TotalBoat Sport Dory and takes a row around the harbor and shows you just how special this boat is. An original Sauzedde design, it combines a lifetime of methodology, with modern materials and products for a classic yet modern boat that is truly one of a kind. **As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases** #PatrickChildressSailing #BluewaterSailboat #SailingTips #Sailboat

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Best Dinghy for Bluewater Sailboats; Hypalon vs PVC, Fiberglass vs Aluminum.Patrick Childress Sailing Videos/Sailing Tips #24. How to choose a new Dinghy. What Dinghy for a cruising sailboat? So many dinghy choices to make... Fiberglass vs aluminum RIB? Double vs Single floored RIB? Hypalon vs PVC Inflatable? Best "How To Sailing" video for how to choose a new dinghy for your Bluewater Cruising Sailboat; What to Look for. The cheapest Dinghy may not make the most sense. Circumnavigator Patrick Childress has a lot of sailboat and dinghy ideas for you to think about. We bought an Avon RIB in 2006, and it’s lasting well, but I am sure a new one is one the horizon but what Dinghy is best for a cruising sailboat? Should we get an Aluminum RIB or a fiberglass RIB? Hypalon vs PVC for sure. Patrick Childress Sailing Videos #24 Sailing Uma just baught a new dinghy - has anyone see it? Follow the Boat will be buying one soon - maybe they will so a How to sail video too! Also Snorkeling in Madagascar. Sailboat How To Video #24 http://www.youtube.com/patrickchildress. See our blog at http://www.WhereIsBrickHouse.com Please, start your Amazon shopping here: here: https://amzn.to/2K9MmuA Places to start shopping for your new dinghy: http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-8942237-10540053?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westmarine.com%2Fbuy%2Fwest-marine--rib-350-double-floor-rigid-pvc-inflatable-boat--13061007&cjsku=13061007 https://amzn.to/2RoxBX9 This looks like an interesting Dinghy though I’m not sure it could fit on most cruising sailboats: https://youtu.be/Y0gzAYcowQE. And https://youtu.be/kcFv9SO_8lQ ✘✘ MY CAMERA GEAR ✘✘ https://amzn.to/2E5N5Ig https://amzn.to/2E4YLei ▬▬ FOLLOW ALONG! ▬▬ ✩Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/svBrickHouse ✩ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SYBrickhouse ✩ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SVBrickhouse ✩Our blog: :http://www.WhereIsBrickHouse.com ✩Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/PatrickChildress Wish we were on Patreon? We aren’t...but you can support us in 5 other ways: 🍯(Tip Jar) http://whereisbrickhouse.com/tip-jar/ ⛵️ TWO FREE SAILING COURSES: http://www.nauticed.org/?school=where... ⏩ Amazon shopping here: https://amzn.to/2K9MmuA ⏩ West Marine Shopping here: http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-8942237-13612378 ✩Tshirts and other: https://www.WhereIsBrickHouse.com/store **As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn commissions on qualifying purchases, as well as from other affiliate links listed on this page** The final episode of Season 2 of Tips from a Shipwright. Join Lou as he launches his TotalBoat Sport Dory and takes a row around the harbor and shows you just how special this boat is. An original Sauzedde design, it combines a lifetime of methodology, with modern materials and products for a classic yet modern boat that is truly one of a kind. **As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases** #PatrickChildressSailing #BluewaterSailboat #SailingTips #Sailboat

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Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Hey..thanks for watching! I hope you will become part of my YouTube Family and SUBSCRIBE! Please give a thumbs up down below too! What dinghies are you considering?
Russell Gallagher
Russell Gallagher - 1 year ago
Any thoughts on electric outboard motors? Aside from the target of theft they tend to be more eco-friendly. Is charging the main issue?
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Electric outboards may be perfectly fine for some cruisers and for the purpose they use their dinghy. For us, it would not be practical. We use our dinghy for very far off excursions which requires high speed, long range and reliability. For close in work, we have a 3.3 outboard.
Jst 4 Fun
Jst 4 Fun - 1 year ago
Great info!
Zach A
Zach A - 1 year ago
I love ribs. Yall find good bbq while sailing around the world?
Gary Penney
Gary Penney - 1 year ago
Thanks Patrick for all your informative videos, very helpful to us new sailors. I have a 23' offshore cc fishing boat so I know a little about saltwater and outboard maintenance. I watch a lot of sailing videos but I haven't seen one about how you sailors maintain your outboards. Knowing how precious fresh water is on a sailboat, I'm wondering if you guys flush your motors with fresh water after a trip to the dock or wherever? Thanks Gary...
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Gary, sorry for taking so long to respond but we have been at sea along the African coast. I grew up in Miami and anytime after using a boat and outboard in the ocean, we thoroughly cleaned everything including flushing the engine with clean fresh water. Certainly don't have that luxury while sailing across oceans. The cooling systems of my outboard engines now, never get flush with fresh water. The little 3.3 Merc is at least 15 years old and the 15hp Merc is 6 years old. Surprisingly, there has never been a problem from not flushing. Sometimes I do wash down the power head and spray with an anticorrosion spray or WD40. Once in a while the throttle linkage and especially the butterfly valve to the carburetor, of the 15hp will bind up if not lubricated occasionally. We bought our first 15hp Merc, two stroke in Nassau. 6 years later it was running fine but we had the opportunity to buy the exact engine from Guam for $1,800 so we did. Nice to just swap them out to avoid maintenance issues.
John Thomas
John Thomas - 1 year ago
We have an Avon RIB that has some age in and I am considering making the pontoons out if aluminum before we head out. The one we have had the exposed inner hull in the back so self bailing works well.

We can't wait to untie the lines and get going. See you out there.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
We will be looking for you.
Russ Cattell
Russ Cattell - 1 year ago
We have a 2.3m Zodiac with 2.5 Suzuki 4 stroke. All is well here.
Gary Stratton
Gary Stratton - 1 year ago
Sv Apolima in Majuro. Built Danny Green design Chameleon stretched to 13’8”. Rows well, sails and motors well with Torqeedo 2001 does 5-6kts. Dinghy 105 lb & motor 29 lb. Easy to pull up on beach. Stitch & glue easy repair. No gas on-board, charge with solar. Dinghy stores upside down on foredeck while sailing protecting hatches. Torqeedo stores below. Stable and carries heavy load of diesel jugs or water. We are seniors, 75 & 80 , so it meets our needs and budget. Motor will move our 27 ton boat at 2+ kts. Good advice in video.
Douglas McCarty
Douglas McCarty - 1 year ago
We use a Zodiac as a dingy, Find it is very tough. It is really good in rough seas
ClayZ
ClayZ - 1 year ago
Subscribed. I thought, “That was a really good video”. Is what I thought. Dinghy’s? I learned a lot seeing as how I’m a couch potato with no boats. Liked the little nature show at the end.
Earl Portland
Earl Portland - 1 year ago
the end really made me laugh!
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
ClayZ, thanks for joining us.

10. comment for Best Dinghy For Bluewater Sailboats(Hypalon vs PVC, Fiberglass vs Aluminum)Patrick Childress #24

Greg Faulkner
Greg Faulkner - 1 year ago
I enjoyed the slurping noises you added to the sea turtles.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Like putting a Harley sound to a 125cc scooter, those turtles need some boost.
Agent J
Agent J - 1 year ago
I'm not disagreeing with a thing said.

I'm suggesting, think for yourself, will you be using the craft as he does?
Do you need to stay dry, going to the dock for a limo or need a water "truck" to carry supplies back for the next 6 weeks at sea?

You can change, as your requirement does. Racing boats, have support vehicles, for example.
bruce sinclair
bruce sinclair - 1 year ago
Hello I did not see anything on a true aluminum dinghy.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
You rarely see all aluminum dinghies used as a tender to cruising sail boats.
Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson - 1 year ago
I was doing some research on this oddly as a subscriber I must have missed this one ...or forgot
You didn't mention Honda motors any particular reason for this ?? Besides making my self a target for thieves
Thanks you made some good points which I will take to the Annapolis boat show to purchase a new dingy
Fairwinds from the @captains.chair
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Out here, well away from the U.S., we have rarely seen Honda engines. I have seen no distrubutors for Honda outboards. When we left the U.S., we had a 5 hp Honda. The carburation was always difficult on that engine. No matter how I cleaned and dealt with that engine it would not run right. To sell it I bought a new carburator and that got it running correctly. We sold it in Nassau and bought the 15hp Merc although I would have been equally as satisfied with a Yamaha....but those were sold out. I later talked to other Honda owners and they had the same carburator problems with their outboards. They got rid of their Hondas and bought another brand.
Scot Fenn
Scot Fenn - 1 year ago
Hypalon lasts for years and years. THe others last oh about a year and you start to see it fall apart. Simple
w8stral
w8stral - 1 year ago
Hypalon is PVC... PVC like any other plastic lasts as long as the UV inhibitors inserted into the plastic when manufactured last. So, when you go cheap, you cut out the UV inhibitors which are expensive. So, like everything you get what you pay for.
Steve Holett
Steve Holett - 1 year ago
Great tip on spray painting brand new motor... hard to do but worth the pain. I've heard of guys spray painting them pink or something annoying so that it could be spotted if stolen.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Yes, a real oddball color might be better. In fact, when we haul out soon I think I will spray a new color and get rid of the black. The black really gets hot in this tropic sun and an odd color would make the engine more identifiable from a distance.
Brian Hook
Brian Hook - 1 year ago
Mercury engines up to about 40hp are Tohatsu
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Not this two stroke Mercury. It was made in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin "For Export Only". This Merc I bought in Guam. Our first Merc, made in Fon du Lac, was bought in Nassau.
Matt  Dabney
Matt Dabney - 1 year ago
Great show, loved the under water scenes, especially the sounds you added for the turtle eating, cracked me up. Good info for dinghies also
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Thanks, Matt, for the comment. Happy you liked it. I wasn't so sure how people would take it.
Gerben T van de Veen
Gerben T van de Veen - 1 year ago
Ik heb een loden star gehad. Van 2.3 mtr tot 3.5 hp. Ik had 6 hp achter de boot vol speed alleen de staart van de moter was in het water, en kan niet sturen.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
"I have had a lead star. From 2.3 mtr to 3.5 hp. I had 6 hp behind the boat full of speed only the tail of the motor was in the water, and can not steer" Sounds like a good light boat. I wish ours was not heavy fiberglass.
Dinka Boutit
Dinka Boutit - 1 year ago
TITLE: Best Dinghy for Bluewater Sailboats
CONTENT: What's Wrong With My Dinghy

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Brian Lockett
Brian Lockett - 1 year ago
Brian Lockett, Annapolis MD
Glad you mentioned 17" tubes at the end, important in my view. Would have liked to hear no endorsement for a fiberglass seat that damages the tubes. Our preference is for a dinghy with no floor. Dinghy with floor is too heavy. If no drain plug, inevitably fills with water. We have an Apex A-ll Lite that has been terrific, paired with a Yamaha 15 hp 2 stroke. Served us well. Love your web site!
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
At 53 pounds, that is an incredibly light dinghy and still rated for a 15hp. Very impressive. We have the fiberglass athwart ship seat but never use it. Would only get in the way.
Rob LaRocque
Rob LaRocque - 1 year ago
Exactly. When sv Milano Myst left in 2005 the best advice (that we did not take) was to get the largest dinghy our Davits could hold and the most powerful Yamaha (20 HP) that dinghy could handle. Drier and faster. Go, Go Now.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Milano Myst....what a blast from the past! - Rebecca
Aboard Ohana
Aboard Ohana - 1 year ago
I have a Highfield Aluminum dingy which only weighs 87 lbs with a 9.9 Yamaha which also weighs 87 lbs. Dinghy and motor only 174 lbs...It’s an excellent dinghy and planes and rides excellent. Fuel tank stores in a compartment in the bow, with the fuel line running under the sub floor. Helps keeps some weight in the bow.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Sounds perfect.
Bob Finkenbiner
Bob Finkenbiner - 1 year ago
11 years. i'd say you got your money's worth. nice informative video.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
I grew up in Miami putting many miles on my 6 or 10 horse Evinrude's pushing small home made boats. When far from home, even ran the 6 horse on stove alcohol and a little oil. Like you say, new plugs once in a while is all those good old engines ever needed.
Bob Finkenbiner
Bob Finkenbiner - 1 year ago
+Patrick Childress Sailing i have a achilles with an 9 horse evinrude. they are 30 plus years old. change the plugs, and good to go. heavily as all get out, but when i open it up, it flies.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
This dinghy has lasted far longer than I would have ever expected....and it has many more years left. I think we can thank the chaps for doing what they are supposed to do.
JOSE M MONTES
JOSE M MONTES - 1 year ago
great tips, thank you...
arms length
arms length - 1 year ago
What is the minimum size aluminum dinghy you'd recommend for a 50-HP outboard? I'd like to use only diesel on board, and am thinking of the new 111 outboard from Yanmar/Neander.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
That all depends on the design & construction of the boat. You have to look at a specific boat and see what horse pwr it is rated for but weight of the engine should also be be considered. Two stroke engines give the best pwr to weight ratio.
Donald L. Bland Jr.
Donald L. Bland Jr. - 1 year ago
Excellent !
1Americanatlarge
1Americanatlarge - 1 year ago
ONE THAT FLOATS
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
That is a very good start and at times I would have appreciated anything that could float and be paddled.
Being pro-Trump is anti-American
Being pro-Trump is anti-American - 1 year ago
We got an AB AL9.5 alloy, hyperlon with 15HP Yamaha. These things are built tough. Still an inflatable though.
We met a couple on their second circumnavigation with a 12 foot alloy dingy and Yamaha 3.5 HP. They said inflatables are always ready to let you down and a full alloy tender can be held together with 5200 if needs must. A fair statement considering their experience I reckon.
Scot Fenn
Scot Fenn - 1 year ago
I prefer Hypalon inflatables as they act as one big bumper so you never have to worry about scratching and marking up your main vessel. It's a huge consideration for me. An aluminium pipe type dingy to me defeats the whole purpose.
Shane Villis
Shane Villis - 1 year ago
your dingy has what is called a Multi Chine hull

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The Sailing Kiwi
The Sailing Kiwi - 1 year ago
excellent videos Patrick, thanks for sharing
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Thank you.
Adventures of s/v Nepenthe
Adventures of s/v Nepenthe - 1 year ago
Nice perspectives, thank you for sharing
theohoag
theohoag - 1 year ago
Thank you, interesting insights. We have a Highfield, Like the aluminum one you showed at the end of the dinghy section. Have been very happy with it. I wanted to let you know that the single drain hole in the sub floor does drain when you’re up on plane, even though it looks low it works really well. We have been very happy with our Highfield, it is gotten extensive use and abuse and is held up very well.
derrick johnston
derrick johnston - 1 year ago
Welcome from sv no problem 9 yr water life.
Lee Shelton
Lee Shelton - 1 year ago
New sub here.. That’s some very nice underwater footage.. Thnx much ♥️ Jen Shell
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Jen, Thanks for watching and the comment.
derrick johnston
derrick johnston - 1 year ago
Yep spot on
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Derrick, Thanks, it is good to have verification.
gymcoachdon
gymcoachdon - 1 year ago
Great info from someone who is doing it. Subbed and liked!
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Thank you, Don.
St. Clair Haynes
St. Clair Haynes - 1 year ago
Sir Childress you are a very wise sailor I thank "GOD" for you I've learned a lot from you I was thinking of buying a project boat I would like you take on that but thanks all you years of wisdom
André Rimkus
André Rimkus - 1 year ago
To store a dinghy on a deck of a seagoing vessel is never a good option. Specially if it is stored on the front deck where big waves can wash over the deck and the dinghy will destroy everything. A dinghy must store inside the boat when you cruise in open water. For that the bottom has to be inflateble or your lazaret has the capability to store the dinghy through the transom. Alternative you can use davids to store the dinghy.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Use davits to store a dinghy??? Not a great idea although nearly every catamaran out here stores their dinghy that way. In Bermuda I have seen davits ripped out of some pretty big boats when waves broke over the dinghy filling it with water. Plus the wind starts whipping the dinghy all over the place crashing it into the structure. The momentum and violence is even worse when the outboard engine is left on the dinghy. I know the owner of one very large trimaran who agrees with you completely so he owns a Porta-boat which he stores below on an ocean crossing. I also agree with you about storing a dinghy on the fore deck but the reality is there is no other option for a lot of boat owners. We secure our dinghy with a lot of lines on a normal crossing but if heavy weather, on the nose, is anticipated, I deflate the tubes to reduce the area of resistance. A lot of this crossing oceans stuff is a matter of being prudent and sailing in the proper latitude at the right time of year. The smallest boat to circumnavigate is 12 feet long. Other larger boats, who's owners are not so prudent, have disappeared. Thanks for your comment.
S/V Tattoo
S/V Tattoo - 1 year ago
I have a 8.2m/27ft sailboat and the biggest dinghy I could reasonably fit on the foredeck would be about five feet long, and it would still interfere a lot with jibbing. I currently have a 8'6" Porta-bote that folds up tight, and out of the way against the lifelines. I am old and beat to hell, but I can still assemble, and launch the Porta-bote in less than three minutes. I can assemble, launch, and be onshore drinking a cold beer in less time than most could launch their dinghy from the foredeck. As a side benefit no self respecting thief would even consider stealing a Porta-bote when there are always so many pretty RIBs to steal.
S/V Tattoo
S/V Tattoo - 1 year ago
+Patrick Childress Sailing - my liferaft is mounted forward of the mast, so it also limits the amount of space I have available on the foredeck. Sorry for my late reply. I must have missed your comment.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
We have friends sailing the world on a very big trimaran. They can have any dinghy they want but their choice is a Porta-bote. Long ago I crossed many oceans on a 27' sailboat. I had a very light fiberglass dinghy that wasn't more than 7' long which fit on deck just forward of the mast. It was easy to launch and pull up onto the deck and I could row that boat anywhere. If they existed back then, I might have had a Porta-bote.
Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson - 1 year ago
Sorry I guess ugly is my opinion, i am not being rude
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Perfect, it is ugly art for a good reason.
Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson - 1 year ago
did you ugly up the engine to help prevent theft or was there another reason that you don't want the prettiest outboard?
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
I had a friend lose his dinghy and engine in Newport, Rhode Island and we just had a friend lose his outboard here in Tanzania. Fortunately we have never lost anything to thieves but, even in marinas, we keep everything locked. We give thieves as little chance as possible. Outboard engines and computers are high on the thief list.
S/V Tattoo
S/V Tattoo - 1 year ago
Sadly it seems that small outboard engines are hot ticket items with thieves regardless of where you travel in the world. I have been in marina's where half a dozen small outboards have gone missing in a single evening. Anything you can do to not make yourself the 'lowest hanging fruit' is to your benefit.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
I really hated to do it but within hours of getting the new 15hp Merc, I spray painted, with black paint, over the pretty blue and red decals on the cover. Instantly, it was not such the attractive lure it was a few minutes previous. Still a valuable theft item though, but maybe a thief, if he had a choice, would go for one that looks newer. We like to anchor near those big shiny, well cared for catamarans....
mitch pender
mitch pender - 1 year ago
Great videos, subbed! Thank you
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Mitch, Thanks for the sub.
Nine Hundred Dollar Luxury Yacht
Nine Hundred Dollar Luxury Yacht - 1 year ago
I have a dinghy made out of high density polyethylene called an Oliver Boat. It looks like an inflatable but is actually hard plastic with seats molded into the inside half of what look like inflatable tubes that make the sides of the boat, so there is more room in the boat than a comparably sized inflatable or RIB. There is a top and a bottom piece joined in a thick rub rail going all around the outside edge of the boat. It is hollow and supposed to be filled with foam, although mine arrived without the foam. It is thick, hard plastic and unlikely to ever get worn through or punctured. If I do need to make a repair, the part of a zip-tie you cut off and throw away is made of the same stuff. A soldering iron can weld it using the zip-tie as filler, but there is a better plastic welding tool similar to a soldering iron with a small flat triangular foot that makes it easier to get a smooth finish on your plastic welds. My outboard is a cruise n carry 2 stroke, air cooled outboard with about 2.5 hp that is very light, like 10 or 15 pounds so I can easily carry it in one hand when putting it on or off the dinghy. Its so ugly, no one would ever think about stealing it.
S/V Tattoo
S/V Tattoo - 1 year ago
+Nine Hundred Dollar Luxury Yacht - They do seem like an almost indestructible solution, but not being able to to collapse and store them I believe limits their use for yachts. I am currently flying a Canadian flag, although I haven't return there in years, and thankfully I do not need to register a recreational boat. One less government agency to drive me crazy is always a good thing.
Nine Hundred Dollar Luxury Yacht
Nine Hundred Dollar Luxury Yacht - 1 year ago
+S/V Tattoo I got mine at a place in South Miami. There was a bit of a wait, then an email telling me to come get it. I think the place was called DockTech or something like that. The lady at the DMV gave me a fuss about the certificate of origin being for a Docktec boat and I was trying to register an Oliver boat. I went to a different DMV office and a different clerk registered it with no problem (I live in Florida). I plan to add some A-B foam in small increments so i don't blow up the dinghy with pressure from the expanding foam, but first I plan to make a storage bin in the front by setting a hatch into the large, flat area near the bow and a bulkhead to keep the foam from flowing up there. It is very strong so storing it on its side in holders I made on the dive platform works really well for me.
S/V Tattoo
S/V Tattoo - 1 year ago
Oliver Boats has a good concept but are quickly gaining a bad reputation in the yachting world. A friend ordered one, they charged his credit card, and eight months later he is still waiting. Your own story of receiving one without the closed cell foam worries me as well. That is some real crappy quality control if they can forget to fill the hulls with foam.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Sounds like the perfect boat. Thanks for mentioning it.
Sailing Life's Journeys
Sailing Life's Journeys - 1 year ago
How and what do you use for hole repairs. Thanks
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 1 year ago
Amazingly, we have never had a hole. There was some tabbing, which joined the fiberglass transom to a tube, that partly peeled away from the Hypalon tube. The repairs take a special two part Hypalon glue and precleaning the area with acetone. It takes at least 24 hours for the glue to cure prior to use. We got our supply of glue from a dinghy seller. For patching up scrapes on the fiberglass hull, I used thickened Epoxy.
Brick House
Brick House - 2 years ago
Hey Patrick..how come you never mention your blog...http://www.WhereIsBrickHouse.com
Numidian 5
Numidian 5 - 2 years ago
As far as an outboard on the dinghy, I went with a propane Tohatsu because I didnt want to carry another fuel. I already have a propane stove, and heater, so I figured I would go with propane. Just finished my first season with it, and it worked out very well. Never had to refill. I can even fill my propane tank from the propane tanks on board the boat, if I absolutely had too, or just take one of the tanks from the boat. In any case, I am not dealing with gas and I like. P.S., propane is as dangerous as gas, so you have to stow it properly.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
propane makes perfect sense. Even back in 1968 when I had a job at a private aircraft hanger at Miami International Airport, the ramp and highway vehicles all ran on propane. When recently in Cambodia, we filled our two boat propane tanks at a gas station as many vehicles in Cambodia run on propane. Why not an outboard. How many horse power is you outboard? Are there brands, other than Tohatsu, that offer the propane option?
Ray S
Ray S - 2 years ago
Covered a lot of points I never considered, very helpful video. thanks.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Ray, thanks for watching. The videos take a lot of time but are fun to make. I will have one on 7 tips for a cruiser up on Thurs. or Friday.
Sail Ho
Sail Ho - 2 years ago
hallo
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Ahoy.
Jorge Bermudez
Jorge Bermudez - 2 years ago
I am planning to spend this winter in the Caribbean sailing from the Chesapeake Bay. I am doing everything wrong regarding Dinghy and outboard, smallest light weight aluminum, PVC, no chaps, 2 HP Honda 4 stroke. This late in the game I hope I don't find myself thinking "Patrick told me so!" Great informative video!
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Jorge, back in the 1970s, when I first sailed around the world, the dinghy options were fiberglass or a small inflatable. At that time I had a very light weight 7' fiberglass dinghy which I could easily row. I rowed that dinghy everywhere. An inflatable, which they all had a soft bottom, was extremely difficult to row in a wind or current and needed a small outboard engine, so fiberglass dinghies were the norm. RIBS had not been invented yet. There are far more dinghy options these days to suite so may different personalities and cruising styles. I know people who love their collapsible Portaboat and one couple we know swear by their double ended fiberglass canoe. Your dinghy choice sounds great, light weight and easy to handle. I would put chaps on it though. I would really be interested to hear how the Honda works out over the long term. Thanks for watching.

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Ron Canizares
Ron Canizares - 2 years ago
Thank you Patrick. Your videos are so informative. I look forward to seeing more. Great job!
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Ron, Thank you.
jwrappuhn71
jwrappuhn71 - 2 years ago
Excellent vid Patrick.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Thanks J.
Blind Squirrel Sailing
Blind Squirrel Sailing - 2 years ago
Any comments on Honda outboards? You didn't mention them so I am guessing that they are not popular when cruising.
Blind Squirrel Sailing
Blind Squirrel Sailing - 2 years ago
Thanks for the reply. I need to pick up a new outboard next spring, so this information is incredibly helpful.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Blind Squirrel, I don’t remember the last time I saw a Honda outboard or dealer. So that lack of parts availability around the world, we are now in Madagascar after leaving Rhode Island 11 years ago, would discourage me from owning a Honda. Another reason I would not want a Honda is that we had one upon leaving Rhode Island. It was a 5hp four stroke. A real troublesome engine. No matter what I did or how I cleaned the carburetor, I could not get it to run properly. In Miami I bought a new carburetor and got the Honda running fine. That made it so we could sell the Honda in Nassau after buying the Mercury. Telling my Honda story to other cruisers, I discovered others had similar problems with their small Honda outboard and also got ride of it for another brand. Who knows, maybe they are better now but I would stay with the reliable brands I know. I grew up in Miami and all summer long, with my neighborhood friends, would run around the canal systems of S.W. Miami, out into the Everglades and east to Biscayne Bay in home made boats powered by Evinrude and Mercury engines. Even back in the mid 1960s, those were excellent engines.
Brick House
Brick House - 2 years ago
Also...did Patrick mention our blog... Patrick just had another great article published...
http://whereisbrickhouse.com/2018/10/03/what-worked-what-didnt-after-11-years/
Brick House
Brick House - 2 years ago
Scuba Tony....as Patrick’s wife...I can tell you I like the Inflatable RIB since I can get in to it fairly easily, and without it tipping, when we are snorkeling...and we do a lot of that. But there are likely solutions and techniques to get in to other Dingies, but I’m not that coordinated ;)
Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen - 2 years ago
Love your videos. Lots of information based on years of cruising experience. Keep em coming!
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Thanks for watching.
Barrywmw1
Barrywmw1 - 2 years ago
Great show pat..
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Thanks, Barry.
John Gagne
John Gagne - 2 years ago
Excellent video Captain Patrick! I didn't like the idea of a 15hp motor until you mentioned how it could get you out of trouble as a tug. That makes sense.
John Gagne
John Gagne - 2 years ago
+Patrick Childress Sailing very good here Patrick. I'm working on plan to earn more money now. I have a mooring on the coast now and I want to upgrade to a 30 foot newer j boat or hunter . I'm thinking of a aluminum flat floor dinghy so I can roll it up and stow in on a trip to Bermuda or something like that.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
Hi John, Our Avon is rated for a 10hp but we have never had a problem running a 15hp on the boat. A 15hp is the most popular engine amongst the cruisers I have seen. But of course there are plenty of cruisers who are happy with their 5-8hp engines. Your GoPro got the under water footage for this video. I just don't trust taking my GP5 underwater. I know several people who have had their GP5 leak. Hope all is well on your end.
ScubaTony Anschutz
ScubaTony Anschutz - 2 years ago
I understand your preference for RIBs but do you have any experience with hard tenders or portabotes?
ScubaTony Anschutz
ScubaTony Anschutz - 2 years ago
Thank you for teh detailed response. YOur years of experience shine through and the tips and ideas you share mean a great deal to we the noobie cruisers. Thank you.
Patrick Childress Sailing
Patrick Childress Sailing - 2 years ago
I sailed around the world with a fiberglass rowing dinghy when the only other option was an inflatable dinghy. That dinghy was only good for rowing to shore and not exploring any great distance. The inflatables could carry only a small outboard and were extremely difficult to row against a wind or in a current. Our friends, who live on a large trimaran, have sailed all over the Pacific and love their Portaboat but I can’t come up with any details to pass on to you about it. Seems there is a type of dinghy to suite every personality and cruising style. One cruiser had a double ended canoe for a dinghy. He never had problems with Customs or Immigration wanting to go out to his boat. Here is a link to the trimaran. You can see their Portaboat off the stern while at Minerva Reef, in the middle of nowhere between Tonga and New Zealand. http://brucebalan.com/migrations/ Bruce should be able to answer your Portaboat questions.

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