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Old 14-05-2015, 10:50   #16
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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

If you know Florida you know the sun is a killer here. Any type of inflatable that you get should be hypalon.


Also, if we get an IP 31 the first thing I will do is install a swim platform. They make getting yourself or supplies in and out of a dinghy so much easier. Also a lot safer if someone falls in or just for swimming. Of course it might make using davits more difficult.
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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

Roland - thanks for the input. I built my own Portuguese rowing dinghy a few years back and used it as the tender for our previous sailboats. I enjoy rowing (my wife thinks it is "romantic") and trying the Walker Bay out for a month is probably a wise move. I have looked into the WB side tubes, but they cost as much as a decent used RIB.

I agree that an outboard should be removed and stored elsewhere when traveling. The IP came with davits, but no motor storage bracket. Break out the checkbook honey, I need another toy.

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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

It's been posted on other threads that you can still get new Yamaha 2 strokes in the Bahamas. If you're heading over there eventually you might want to keep what you have till you get over there. I don't know how big or strong you are but you might want to try to pick up whatever motor you are thinking about buying first. Taking a heavy motor on & off of a dinghy can really be a pain.
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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

I had an 8 foot walker bay. I felt unsteady in it and added the inflatable tubs and still didn't like it. It was fine for one but with two big American butts in it I changed to in inflatable. The guy I got the WB from loved it.

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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

We have a 9 ft f/glass ("lite" style) hypalon RIB with a choice of 3.3, 5 and 9.8 hp motor (all 2 strokes) to power it. It planes one up fine with the 3.3 if a tiller extension is used (aka piece if PVC pipe) and planes real easy with the 9.8 in all instances except two up and overloaded with cargo (although it get's squirelly one up). On our 33 foot sloop it fits perfectly on the foredeck and other times we tow it (our davit's aren't real flash). When it comes to throwing the outboard on the stern rail, I hate the 9.8. The 3.3. can be done single handed and the 5 is easy enough with assistance from the wife. I actually prefer the 5 hp as an all round compromise.

If I were to buy another dinghy, Id probably buy the same type, but with an aluminium hull instead. Aluminium is a little more rugged and lighter.
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How about a Portland Pudgy? Dinghy | Lifeboat | Yacht Tender | Portland Pudgy
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Greene, we use an 8 foot Walker Bay on our IP32. We have the tube WB makes for it and it works great. We carry it on our davits. We do row for exercise whenever we can.
Totally agree with Anglefish2. Get the tube and you have an RIB. This is what we have on our boat of a similar size to yours and it works well and you do not need a large outboard motor either.
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You can save a couple of hundred bucks with these.


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Here's my favorite: Bauer boats 10 sailing dinghy - BAUTECK MARINE INC.
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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

Every cruiser has to solve this dilemma for themselves based on their own needs and circumstances. Our solution isn't right for everyone but may give you some ideas.

Our boat is 42 ft but is a double ender so dinghy davits are more difficult and expensive than we wanted. It is also, like yours, a cutter rig with not much room on the foredeck. We chose an air floor inflatable dinghy with a small outboard motor (3.5 Tohatsu).

When costal cruising we choose settled weather and tow the dinghy with the motor on a bracket on the stern rail. For longer passages or in case of rougher weather we deflate the dinghy and stow it below. That is why we chose the air floor type which can be rolled up and stowed in less space than any RIB. It is light enough to easily be dragged up a beach. With the small motor we bought we don't go fast. It may get on a plane with just one person on board but not with groceries or more than one adult. We're usually not in a hurry. We have a Garhauer lift for the motor.

You will make your choices based on your needs, space, and budget. Lots of different ways to get out there cruising. Happy and safe sailing.



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Totally agree with Anglefish2. Get the tube and you have an RIB. This is what we have on our boat of a similar size to yours and it works well and you do not need a large outboard motor either.
Any dinghy is better than no dinghy but a WB with tubes is not a real RIB and it's not a hard dink anymore either. Not sure what it is but it looks like a hard dinghy with some little tubes along the sides. If you want a hard dinghy get a real one, not a heavy plastic WB or if you want a RIB get one of those. A Walker Bay with some expensive tubes on the side is a waste of money unless you have already made the mistake of buying one and have to have some tubes for the sides so you think you have a RIB.
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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

We ended up selling the Walker Bay and purchased a like new 8' AB Inflatable. It came with a brand new set of chaps and we decided to order a new 4 HP Tohatsu for the back. Sweet little set-up.

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Re: Dinghy For An Island Packet 31

I saw an inflatable with full covers on it to protect the tubes from the sun. I don't remember what they were made of though. Canvas or sunbrella. Is anyone making these commercially or are they a custom made only right now?
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