Dinghy Use - Whitsunday Escape™
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Dinghy Use

The dinghy is also your life raft in emergencies, so take care of it! Every dinghy is a rigid inflatable with an alloy bottom and fitted with:

  • an anchor
  • bailer
  • fuel tank and tray
  • bow and stern lines
  • flares, V sheet & a reflective device for emergencies
  • 6 hp outboard


Dinghies in Davits

Before departure, raise the dinghy out of the water and ensure:

  • all extra lines are secure before starting the engines. Loose lines pose a risk of prop wraps.
  • Always tie brace lines tight before underway so the dinghy does not damage itself or the boat by swinging back and forth.
  • The dinghy is not insured when underway or overnight, if not secured in the davits.

Dinghies In Davits

Dinghies Towed

If you slow down suddenly, turn, or go astern while you have the dinghy on a long tow-line, you will come into contact with the dinghy and the dinghy tow rope will foul the propeller shaft. The damage can be significant and can spoil your holiday.

Dinghies Towed

Dinghy Operation Cautions

Beware of the dinghys’ metal leading edge damaging the transoms when embarking or disembarking your boat. Best practice is to bring the dinghy alongside or in between the hulls on catamarans.

Dinghy Opertaion Cautions

Dinghy Outboard Tips

  • Always start the motor when the leg and propeller are submerged and ensure the motor is in neutral.
  • When selecting a gear always have the motor idling at the lowest revs.
  • Keep the dinghy dry, you may get water in the fuel tank if the tank is allowed to float in a partially flooded dinghy.

Dinghy Outboard Tips