How to disassemble a Tiwal dinghy?

It’s just as simple and quick as putting it together!

Tiwal 3 disassembly process

The steps to follow

Once out of the water, place the boat on as flat and clear a surface as possible, making sure it is facing the wind.

  1. Remove the daggerboard and rudder and lay them on the hull
  2. Detach the traveller block
  3. Gather up and coil the mainsheet line
  4. Do the same for the cunningham and vang lines
  5. Lift the mast off and carefully place it on the ground, with the rigging in place
  6. Pull the mast out of the sleeve, separating it into its five sections
  7. Roll up the sail along the axis of its sleeve
  8. If necessary, empty out any water that might have collected in the hull by opening the drainage cap and lifting the back of the hull
  9. Open the valves on the hull to deflate it
  10. Undo the hook-and-loop straps to free the structure
  11. Unclip each section of the metal structure and remove from hull
  12. Lay the structure parts on the hull
  13. Place each part of the structure in its bag (after having placed each in its protective cover first, where applicable)
  14. Ensure the hull is completely deflated by using the low-pressure electric pump in deflation mode
  15. Roll up the hull, using the straps provided to ensure it stays rolled, close the valves, and place in its bag.

Time required: just as with the assembly, 15-20 minutes – Depending on experience and whether you disassemble alone or with others.

Useful tips & tricks

  • If landing on a sandy beach, use the beach trolley to bring the boat closer to where it will be stored (or placed in the car, etc).
  • Place the daggerboard and rudder along the opposite long ends of the storage bag, to make the bag more rigid and easier to transport.
  • The sections of the mast can be inserted into each other (section 1 goes into 3, 3 into 5; section 2 goes into 4) to save on space and facilitate storage.
  • Once the hull has been rolled up, place its open bag on top of it and then roll the hull over so that the bag ends up underneath – this is much easier than trying to lift the hull into the open bag!