Hi Russ and Carol,
Mark Gearhart here. I’ve got a Cherub. Its actually
the very first one Roger built, hull #1. I don’t have
a sailing rig for it, so I can’t comment on that. For
rowing, its pretty good in my book. The sides are kind
of high, so I have to use a pretty good downward angle
with my 6’ oars. I’ve got those oarlocks that are open
at the top, so sometimes in a really heavy chop, the
oars slip out because of the angle. But really, that’s
the only thing I can find to complain about with the
In the very beginning, back in 1996, I was getting
dings in the mother ship from the Cherub, so I encircled
it with some rubrail material. Its that half round
canvas covered stuff from West Marine. Since then, no
dings in Godspeed.
For my Cherub, Roger secured the boards with some bolts.
Since that time, I’ve gotten rid of them and instead
used 1" wooden dowels sticking upwards, with holes in
the boards, which lay down on top of the dowels.
I’ve had 3 people aboard, including me, with no problem
at all. By myself, with the dingy fully loaded, I’ll
have groceries fore and my folding bike aft, and me in
My Cherub rests upside down over top the scuttle hatch.
To unload it, I tip it up onto its side and attach the
staysail halyward to a permanent line I’ve got on the
Cherub attached bow and stern, with a good bit of slack
and a loop in the middle (where the halyard attaches).
I then crank up until its just off the deck. Then I
swing it up to the horizontal, over the life lines, and
out over the water. Then I release the halyard and the
dingy plops into the water. I do the reverse when
bringing it aboard. The only problem I’ve had here is
the lifeline covering has warn away at the stanchion,
through the plastic and down to the wire.
On long passages, I tie the dingy down with one of those
truckers hitches and it seems to do OK. At anchor, over
night, I’ll usually attach the staysail halyard to the
permanent harness and lift the dingy just off the water
to keep things quiet.
Well, that’s about it. I hope this helps. Oh yes, sometimes
people will go by and say “I really like your dingy, and
your mother ship too!” So I guess its kind a nice having
a dingy that matches so well.
S/V Godspeed #108