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ready to tie up and unload. A solar garden light tied to a stanchion provides an inexpensive nighttime marker low on the mothership at the height where people in a dinghy are usually looking.
Also, battery-powered LED lights in various colors, such as blue,
can be suspended from dodgers or towers and won’t drain your
onboard energy reserves. Make sure lights such as these don’t
conflict with lighting required by the Navigation Rules.
NAV LIGHTS Most tenders require only a 360-degree white transom light when running at night. If your
dinghy exceeds a speed of 7 knots or is more than 23 feet
long, you’ll need red and green bow lights along with
a white stern light.
DAVIT DILEMMA Although dealing with davits may be second nature to you, for guests, it’s all new. If you ask
others to help you raise or power the tender, caution them
to keep fingers and long hair away from any blocks
or pinch points that could cause injury. Wrap davit
lines around a winch or cleat to help hold the din-
ghy’s weight. Dinghies, especially with outboards,
are heavy, and too often guests lose control of
the line and drop the boat abruptly. Advise
that both ends should be raised or lowered
evenly and that the drain plug needs to be in before the boat
goes in the water. It also must be taken out after the boat is
up. If the boat were to fill with rain, the weight could be far too
much for the davits. If the big boat has its exhaust aft above the
waterline, turn the engine off before lowering the dink and fill-
ing it with hot water. Stress the importance of loosely tying the
painter to the mothership before unclipping the davit lines.