Today, our brand new dinghy and motor arrived by freight truck. This is progress! Why am I so excited to get my order, you might wonder? For a cruising sailboat, a dinghy is basically your car, a way of getting from your boat to land, or to visit sites and other boats.
The truck driver had a very large truck and trailer, so we had to meet him in the loading dock of our local Publix supermarket, then unload to our Toyota pick up truck. It was heavy.
In case you are curious, we purchased an AB 9.5 AL dinghy, which is a rigid inflatable boat (called a RIB). The 9.5 number refers to the length, and the AL means it has an aluminum bottom. The motor is by Yamaha and it has 15 horse power (HP) engine.
We drove the shipment to the dock, then waited for help to unload and place both the motor and the dinghy on board the boat. Of course, being Florida, the skies opened up, so Ethan and I hightailed it down below where it was snug and dry.
It took 3 strong guys to bring the Yamaha motor aboard and place it on the stern rail. Today we bought a lock so it won’t get stolen while cruising. These motors are much prized in 3rd world countries and among thieves.
Now we need to get the hoist installed on the transom (back of the boat), which will allow us to lift the heavy motor to the floating dinghy.
I leave you with a picture of Ethan along the gulf beach, he is searching for shells in this picture.