Hmmm, not like "Uncivilised", but I have been on open ocean in 40 knots of wind
, in my 8ft dinghy (GRP, not unilke Walker Bay). Not rowing though, but with a 2HP Honda
. I only returned back to the marina when my 42 ft escort (rescue) boat called me on the radio
that it was getting too rough for him. On my return I had less then a bucket of water sloshing around. I still have the mould for that dinghy!
Does this earn me a dinner and wine, Jim C.?
I think the limit (for me in any boat) rowing in a dinghy upwind is 30 knots. Although departing from the beach if at all possible will be extreme. Returning to the beach will be, if not breaking anything, at least not at all graceful.
I have currently a 8ft Walker Bay. The bottom has been painted by previous owner with some black antifoul, that is flaking/wearing off slowly. Not a pretty sight, but no-one gives that dinghy a 2nd look!
Yes I have skirts on sponsoons I can put on, but never use these. Too much hassle, even for sailing it.