Hey all. Been a long time since I posted last - been too busy sailing around the Sea of Cortez!
We live aboard and have an awesome Apex RIB
that suits us fine (me, my wife and our 2 year old son) with a 9.8HP OB.
Lately my wife has been getting sailing dinghy
envy. We looked at a few used 8' Walker Bays and were told over and over that thy were too tippy to have with our son on board and also that I'm too tall to be comfortable tacking in them.
Now there is a used 10' available with the added inflatable
collar and full sailing rig. It looks much sturdier than the 8'. I'm tempted to get it, but have a couple of questions for folks who've had one:
Can I use my 9.8HP OB? It seams a bit big.
Will it plane like with my RIB
Is it safe enough with the collar so that I'm not constantly worrying about tipping over (and my son falling out)?
Is it wetter than an RIB? (eg: coming back tot he boat with laundry
are we going to get soaked with waves splashing in?)
Will I be able to tack with out laying flat on the bottom to get the boom across? I'm 6' 3".