A cruiser once expertly spun his boat into the tight space at the gas dock, except he forgot he had his dinghy dragging behind. The tow rope came taut on the swing, and like a whipped tuber, the little tender gained momentum and ricocheted off the dock. Thankfully, nothing got damaged, other than the owner’s pride. Taking proper care of your dinghy is as much a part of seamanship as manning the helm of your cruiser. Here are a few tips for tender loving care.