Jack G. Gambs, Lakewood, USA
Subject: Livingston tender
I notice from your pictures you don't use your Livingston
much. Your opinion on it? Trying to decide between 14' Livingston and
14' rib. Just concerned about the ribs durability running it up on
south pacific island beaches. I bought a Livingston for my last boat
but it seemed like it did not take much weight to load it down.
Your thoughts, please.
Jack G. Gamb
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Jack, to answer your question directly, I would opt for a 14' Livingston vs a 14' RIB. Egret used to carry a lightweight 14' RIB so we have some experience there. In either case, both require a bow and stern anchor for South Pacific cruising. (a 5lb Manson Supreme anchor, 4' of 3/8" chain and at least 75' of 3/8" yacht braid is about perfect). The longer dinghy line needs to be on just one anchor because of safety in case the engine quits. You need to be able to anchor in deep water while you get the outboard running again. Fortunately the South Pacific has little tide and the water is warm so it is easy to wade in from near shore.
Now, this is what we do and what we recommend. We rarely use the larger dink. Since leaving the States in 04 the ONLY time we used the Livingston (larger) dink is 2 days total in the Med, in the ice in Chile and in the South Pacific after we lost our small inflatable in Easter Island. The balance of the time we use our 9' inflatable.
If you have the room for a 14' tender you certainly have the room for a 9' aluminum bottom RIB (I would recommend AB Inflatable) or a soft bottom RIB. We don't use chocks for the small dinks. The soft bottom we set directly on the deck and tie it off in 4 places to the boat deck rail. With our new aluminum bottom RIB we put the bow V on a small fender, a folded towel under the stern and tie it off the same way. Neither dinks have ever moved at all. An 8hp Yamaha 2 stroke outboard is the perfect power for a 9' dink.
The smaller dink is easy to launch, pull up on a beach, visit other boats and find a place at a crowded dock.
Enjoy your So Pacific cruise. Don't miss New Zealand.