Fiberglass or teak decks can easily get scratched when storing or moving a tender. Now there’s an innovative and low-cost solution to stow your inflatable dinghy on deck.
AquaFoams’ DinghyRack consists of cross-linked polyethylene foam that keeps an overturned inflatable a few inches above deck, thus preventing damage from oarlocks or the hard transom, according to the manufacturer. Since it’s not a permanent installation, there are no holes to drill or fill. Because the DinghyRack allows keel-up storage, the tender doesn’t need a cover to keep spray or rainwater out.
The system is flexible enough to cater to any size of dinghy, the cost is practical, ($39.99 to $49.99USD, plus shipping), and can be shipped anywhere in the world.
Just place the brackets on either side of the inflatable bow and on the side pontoons just inside the transom plate and then secure the inflatable with rope or a bungee as you normally would.
Even if you use davits, the DinghyRack, is useful for offshore passages when you want to lash the tender on deck to keep it secure.
AquaFoam, Inc. Charlton, Mass. Phone: (508) 248-0081.