Tinker Tramp inflatable sailing dinghy

AU $500 Huge price reduction
9' 0" - 2.75m
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Vessel Location
Glenbrook Insurance
Hull Material
Inflatable Hypalon rubber

The Tinker Tramp is large enough to transport four adults, rows well, and can plane with a small outboard... (with maybe one person aboard, not four)... The wooden floor keeps your feet dry, and deflated she cleverly folds up into a compact shape. Tinkers can even be converted into a liferaft with the addition of an auto-inflating cover (not included).
"The versatility of Tinkers is heightened by the sailing rig. The base of the three piece mast sits in a foot plate, with a forestay and two shrouds swiftly tensioned to keep all in place. A few bits of string, a couple of sails, a rudder and centreboard, and you're away!"*
In 1978 Jock Henshaw and designer Fred Benyon-Tinker, started Henshaw Inflatables U. K. To make inflatable sailing dinghies that could also act as a tender to a cruising yacht.
Four basic models were built until 2010, including this one, the Tramp (2,75m, 9'). This particular boat was built under professional licence in New Zealand.
This Tinker Inflatable is complete with the full sailing kit. It can be rowed, used with an outboard (not included) or sailed. They have also become very popular as a yacht tender for cruising yachts, mainly because they are well-made from hypalon rubber, which lasts well. Each hull of the Tinker Tramp comes with two separate chambers for additional safety, which means that if you get a puncture out on the water you will not sink right away. The rigid plywood floor is an integral part of the boat, meaning it handles like a solid dinghy and it even has a bow dodger and lifelines. It is the best inflatable I ever rowed. It tracks well and feels like a proper dinghy with real oars.
The overall dimensions are: Length 9', beam 4'6", with weight approximately 58lbs or roughly 26kg (an average sack of cement weighs in at 20kg), so it's useful to use a trolley to move it.
It can be inflated in five minutes and rigged for sailing in a further 10 minutes. The hull of this model is used, but in good condition and the sailing kit is also in good condition. I bought it from the widow of a man who only used it to take his grandchildren sailing at Gosford, NSW, on Brisbane Water (an extensive northern branch of the Hawkesbury River estuary). It was always stored undertcover and rinsed with fresh water after every use.
The boat comes complete with the original foot pump, sail rig, full-size wooden oars with fitted rowlocks, lifejacket and photostatted Owner's Manual (which shows how to rig it). When I bought the boat it had an annoying pinhole seam leak, which, with advice from a friend of mine in the inflatable boat repair business, I repaired, using the correct hypalon patches and glue (imported from England). It may not be a particularly neat repair (rear port side) but the boat is fully airtight and I learned something doing it. The first photo was taken 24 hours after being inflated. I also refitted the boat, replacing a valve and giving the transom about 10 coats of marine varnish with a general tidy up. The centreboard got a lick of varnish too.
You can see several video clips of boats in action on YouTube. Just go to YouTube and search for Tinker Tramp.
But the real question on your mind is why am I selling it?
Long story short, I originally bought it because I wanted to take my wife sailing when we went away on holidays. I had a romantic view that we would take it down the coast in the station wagon and have some fun and I knew the design well. To her credit, she went sailing with me once and said it was too small. This was not unlike Jonty Pearce's experience with his partner. He said : "Carol insists that there is not adequate room for two in Tink when rigged for sail. She may be right, but I would hate to admit it. Having seen photos of what I am assured is yours truly sailing said Tramp, I initially was bemused that baby elephants had such nautical skills. Once the helmsanimal's identity was corrected, I did accept that Carol had a point. As she prefers kayaking to Tinker sailing it does not really matter - we can both have fun. *" Well, it's easy to be clever in hindsight, but perhaps ironically, I have bought myself a single inflatable kayak, which I will rig with a sail and with some regret, give up on the original plan, even though I tried that trick of naming the boat after my wife to make her more interested in it. It didn't work, but on the upside it will be simple for you to easily remove those vinyl letters if you need to.
Be wrned though, these are not sailing dinghies for the inexperienced sailor. Again, to quote Jonty: "The Tramp is somewhat flexible, and, while reaching or running is straightforward, beating into the wind requires some thought... - a balance of weight positioning, sheet tension and forestay tightness was necessary to make windward progress. ... But get the trim right and they go like the clappers, .. ".
Remember that this Tinker Tramp will do everything that the DinghyGo will do, but for a tenth of the cost. It will also do everything a Walker Bay 10 will do, except you don't need a trailer for the Tink.
By the way, Telstra recently fixed our phone and it only dials out now, so it's best to send me an email if you are interested.
*Read more from Jonty Pearce at http://www. Yachtingmonthly. Com/cruising-life/jonty-pearce-tinkeri ng-38393#LW4OTIwhlWOWM5gg. 99

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Vessel Name
Vicki Jayne
9' 0" - 2.75m
Vessel Location
New South Wales
Fred Benyon-Tinker
Pickles N. Z.
Hull Material
Inflatable Hypalon rubber
Life Jackets
Sail Inventory
Mast / Rigging
Three-piece mast

Shane Hersey
City / Suburb

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