Dinghy Trailers


Dinghies need to be transported to and from the water, easily. In the past most were moved using roof racks or bars on top of the family car. Nowadays the most popular way is to use a trailer, for solid dinghies. Inflatable dinghies have the advantage of being able to be carried in the boot of the car. You will also notice that there are more and more RIBs being towed on our roads. So there is an increase in the amount of cars fitted with tow bars.

Using a trailer to transport your dinghy to the water side is by far the easiest way to move the tender from the house to the boat. Years ago small lightweight tenders were lifted on top of cars by two adults and secured with rope or straps to the roof bars or rack. However, not so many cars are fitted with these roof racks or bars, and this practise of moving the dinghy is not so common. However, if you are still keen to use roof bars then you can buy new ones that are universal fitting at this website.


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You can buy a used, second hand dinghy trailer fairly cheaply on this website. These trailers are quite simple in construction with little to go wrong or need maintenance. Occasional painting of the framework and greasing of the wheel bearing are all that usually is required. Tyre wear needs to be considered at the start of each season, not only on the tread but also on the side wall, for signs of cracking. If you are in any doubt it is best to replace the tyre. This will save you time, money, and hassle. It will also give you confidence and peace of mond when travelling with the trailer attached.


Do not be tempted to overload your dinghy trailer with all the accessories stuffed in the dinghy instead of the car boot. This extra weight being towed will have two effects. Firstly it may make towing the dinghy dangerous with this additional weight behind. Secondly the trailer itself may not be designed to carry this extra weight. Most trailers will have the maximum weight for carrying stamped on the framework, near the tow hitch.


Once you have your dinghy and trailer you should get them insured.  To get a very competitive quote follow this link for dinghy insurance.


If you are looking for a trailer that is slightly larger than one for a dinghy, then follow this link to boat trailers and other types of trailers.


Be careful and choose the most appropriate dinghy trailer for transporting your dinghy. There are many dinghy trailers and launching trolleys advertised here. So hopefully you will be able to find one to suit your needs, at a bargain price!

RIB or Rigid Inflatable Boat, is fast inflatable boat with a solid planing hull. The type of fast boat was originally thought of in 1967. By 1968, Paul Jefferies had developed a GRP hull called the X10. Although that particular hull was not a success, it led to another version called Psychedelic Surfer. This newly designed RIB was 21 feet long and powered by twin outboards. The new RIB was entered into the Round Britain Powerboat Race in 1969.

Although it did not win it was one of the few to finish the race.

Having completed such a gruelling race, the RNLI became interested and developed the design to form the Atlantic 21

class of Inshore Lifeboats. These RIBs entered service in 1972 and continued to save lives for the next 30 years.

Avon Rubber Company, who I worked for 2 years in the late 1980s, were the first to offer for sale a RIB to be used

as a Rescue boat, Safety boat or Dive boat. It was called the Avon Searider and the public viewed it for the first time at the 1969 London Boat Show.

RIBs up to about 7 metres in length can be towed on trailers on the road, thiscoupled with their other properties RIB design is stable and seaworthy. The inflatable collar allows the vessel to maintain buoyancy even if a large quantity of water is shipped aboard due to bad sea conditions. I used them extensively in the North Sea when they were launched from the ship to retrive items from Oil Platforms and Rigs. Often out in Force 6 sea at high speed, these boats inspired real belief that you were completely safe aboard them.

These fast boats are designed with hydroplaning hulls. Due to their relatively low weight RIBs often out-perform some types of similarly sized and powered boats, especially in rough seas. Although this may be partially due to an increased level of confidence, in knowing that a RIB is hard to sink, and better absorption of heavy loads by the flexible tubes. High performance RIBs may operate with a speed between 40 and 70 knots, depending on the size and weight. Certain companies operating out of holiday destinations use RIBs as a “wave jumper”. This is a standard RIB of about 10 metres in length, with two parallel rows of seating down the centre of the craft. It is

propelled by two engines, with the aim being to get the craft to roughly 30-40 knots before jumping off the tops of waves. When I was training at Stonehaven south of Aberdeen to achieve a RGIT certificate in Boat handling, we often used to wave jump using the huge swells that occured just outside the harbour. Great fun, until one of the crew hurt his back when we landed back in contact with the sea! That was the end of his training!

Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) composite is used for the shape and smooth surface of the hull. Some manufacturers also weave Kevlar into the GRP sheets for extra strength. The hull of a RIB is shaped to increase the performance of the boat in the water by optimising its hydroplaning characteristics. “Deep-V” hulls cut through waves easily but require greater engine power to start planing than “shallow-V” hulls, which plane at lower speed but with a more uncomfortable ride. As with the design of most boat hulls they represent a compromise of different design characteristics.

Modern “all round” RIB hulls combine a deep v hull at the bow which flattens out to present a broad “Planning Pad”. This is a flat area on the rear of the hull designed to allow the boat to have a stable surface to plane on. This stabilty inspires trust in the safety of the RIB.

The RIBs tubes are usually constructed in separate sections to reduce the effect of a puncture, each with a valve to add or remove air. Larger boats (7m+) have 6 or more chambers with a valve for each chamber. This is because if only one chamber is damaged then the impact the damage has on the boat is much less. Dark tubes often have pressure relief valves as the air inside them expands when exposed to sunlight.  The usual common material for the tubes is Hypalon.

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