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Old 11 April 2012, 09:57   #1
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Leaving the tender behind...?

Hi,
Probably a daft question but:
How do people manage when cruising without a tender? We use our RIB in the Scilly Isles and like to island-hop to quiet beaches and have always lugged a small tender around with us in order to get ashore (and back to the boat) once it is anchored. However, the tender takes up a fair bit of space (I don't tow it) on our Humber Destroyer and restricts the number of passengers.
I'm wary of leaving it behind in case I end up having to swim out to the boat. I know you can tie a line to the anchor and pull the anchor over the bow from the shore, but again, I'm wary of this in case the anchor doesn't hold etc...
Ideas welcomed.

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Old 11 April 2012, 10:12   #2
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Get a dry suit drop crew off then swim in
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Hi,
I know you can tie a line to the anchor and pull the anchor over the bow from the shore, but again, I'm wary of this in case the anchor doesn't hold etc...
Ideas welcomed.

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Can you explain this. always wondered how you do it without paddling ashore.
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See here - Anchoring a RIB on a trot (also called a trip)

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I drop Mrs T off in wading depth, anchor & swim in. Ther pup just swim.
Change on board before heading back. Have thought about a cheap?? drysuit.
With the tot arrangement I'd not be confident of the anchor holding & you'd need to judge the tidal fall / rise quite well.
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You could use an anchor off the beach with a looped line, set it and motor/drift in. Haul the line "clothsline" fashion and when the boat is back out there, secure the beach end to a stake. Reverse to retrieve the RIB.
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I sometimes use my ringo (it has a floor ) and paddle - when I'm not brave enough to wade or swim.
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I sometimes use my ringo (it has a floor ) and paddle - when I'm not brave enough to wade or swim.
I tried that ...got very wet when it flipped over ....great when the wind just blows you in though ....not so good when it blows you out ! ( I now make sure its still connected to the boat !)
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I use a pair of waders.
Drop everyone off in the shallows wearing wellies or rolled up trousers or nose up to a rock they can step straight onto and then anchor and use the waders to get in once the boat is offshore.
Don't do this often as I prefer pumping up the tender or at a push putting on a drysuit and swimming in.
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Dry suit one of the crew and get them to swim.
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I normally bring the boat into shallow water then kick everyone off, push boat into deeper water and anchor and wade ashore, or use the "trot" method.

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With the tot arrangement I'd not be confident of the anchor holding & you'd need to judge the tidal fall / rise quite well.
But you have a line ashore anyway so even if the anchor doesn't hold its not going far. (In a strong on-shore wind you can't use the method described in the link anyway as the boat blows back before getting deep enough).

I don't use this approach when leaving the boat - only if going ashore for a "picnic" or bbq etc and adjust the anchor depth as required.
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