Order of the Tipping Dinghy

Order of the Tipping Dinghy

Postby Miker » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:15 am

Shaun (Blue Moon) and Mark (Storm Petrel) are both life members of this order, but I want to know if I can join too. I may just hold the record for the most dinghy overturns.

Occasion 1) I wanted to try the method on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7FZL3Conqg
So I got in the water, and did exactly as this lady did. I have a 2.3M Aquila Air Deck and a 3.3 Johnson. What actually happened is that instead of me ending up in the dinghy, the dinghy up-ended itself on top of me. Quite hilarious, considering we we staying in Refuge Bay and it was quite busy. There was much applause from my boat, as well as a few around us.....

Occasion 2) Last Friday week, I had planned to fit my new 4 blade prop and a new Solar Regulator to the power system. When I got to Careel Bay, the wind was at about 35 knots, and from the NW, not the SW as was predicted. It was a bit choppy, but I've been in worse, so I unloaded the dinghy and motored the 500 metres out. When I tied up, all was good, the dingy was tied close on the port side and I got to work on the Solar. Within 30 minutes, the wind was gusting 40knots, so the indications were saying. Then I head an sort of dull splash, when I went topside, the dinghy was upside down. Bugger....from the deck it was easy to right, using the wind to help flip it right way up. So I tied it tighter to the nose, and then another down near the rowlock. 10 minutes later, splash..... and again, and again. In total, with the wind so strong and the dinghy so light with an outboard on the back, it went over 5 times. Thankfully I wasn't in it, actually, had I been it wouldn't have flipped. Obviously by now the wind was so strong and the bay so choppy I wasn't going to attempt the prop change, so I packed up and left in disgust. I had to row back in, luckily with the wind, because the engine was full of water. By the time I got to shore, I was soaked and cold and just really, really p...ed off that I couldn't finish the work and now had to sort out the outboard...

Moral of the story? Your dinghy may be light, but that just makes it all the easier to tip in strong winds.

So gents, does it qualify?

Here's a video of the bay on the day. https://youtu.be/2MHKZPsZa5Y
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Re: Order of the Tipping Dinghy

Postby Shaun » Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:40 pm

Yep, that qualifies...entry into the Order accepted, lol. :lol: :lol:

You must be getting good at the post-disaster servicing on the outboard by now.

There was another entry into the Order earlier this winter, when they took a swim on a shorebreak that upturned the dinghy at the Broughton Is. :twisted:
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Re: Order of the Tipping Dinghy

Postby Miker » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:11 am

Well thanks Shaun.... I only wish I had a video of the one when I tried to get into the dinghy backwards, it must have looked really stupid.... :lol: I see my signature has been altered to suit. :)

Post disaster servicing can be done in ten minutes, including spraying out the stator/coil under the cowl. Remove cowl, wash with fresh, drain carbie, clean plug, turn motor over a few times to remove water and spray with dispersant. Put plug back in and start. :D
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Re: Order of the Tipping Dinghy

Postby Phillip » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:21 am

I forgot about Kia Kaha's effort at Broughton Is.

I'll let them know.

They are now sunning it at Gary's Anchorage in the Great Sandy Strait. [lucky buggers!]
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Re: Order of the Tipping Dinghy

Postby storm petrel » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:17 pm

Congratulations on joining a select group in dinghy flippers.
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