Originally Posted by s/vAngel
Hello all dinghy/tender owners out there! Would love your opinions and experiences with various types of dinghies, especially interested in people's experiences with folding dinghies. I wonder about getting one of those and have been turned off inflatables (deflatables) despite how convenient and nice those little rubber things can be. Angel is on her second inflatable and she tries to dominate the thing by trying to sit on it- seriously though, my cruising grounds are too rugged for rubber boats. Hard dinghies are great, but they don't fit up on my small boat's deck
and they tow like monsters, then they ding up the cruiser's hull
Does anyone use a nesting hard dinghy and are they practical for heavy-duty rugged use? Are those newfangled folding boats any good? Right now, my poor, beat-up RIB 10' inflatable can support a 15hp motor
, which I simply use Angel's boom as a helping hand to hold and steady the 79-pound motor so I can gently heave it aboard. I like powerful motors and their weight is no big deal, but that's way beyond the rating of a folding boat. So am just fishing
around for other people's experiences and views and will use my current
inflatable/motor combo until I can't do anymore with the rubber boat's stylish "caved in" look. I singlehand, so I don't really need something big for lots of passengers- just powerful and rugged that can carry anchors, jugs, etc. What do other singlehanders use that works best for them? Anything else out there that's new and innovative?
Thanks ahead for the input!
I have had a folding dinghy (Port-a-boat) for the last 10 years. My original objective was to have a dinghy that I could store along my lifelines
on my Alberg 30
. I expected that it could be deployed from the deck
in an emergency
. This has proved to be impossible. It would require the Olympic water
polo team! I must therefore tow the dinghy. My experience is that it tows adequately if tied tight to the stern. We have found that towing a dinghy can be dangerous in a storm. Try, as we did, to empty a dinghy in a Gulf Stream
Storm. Although I have been satisfied with the construction of hull
itself the rest is of very poor quality
and has required frequent replacements
and rebuilds. The black piping on the joints and along the rub rails leaves black marks on our hull requiring complete fender
protection. It rows OK but is very sluggish underpower. We use a 4hp which is too much for this dinghy. One big advantage for the hull material is that is impervious to rough landings on rocks or coral
. Handy for us since we have a dog that we must bring to shore periodically. We have cruised the Caribbean
and our boat's home is the Thousand Islands region of the St-Laurence and Lake Ontario
. A lot of rocks there!
I have been searching for the "perfect dinghy" for some years now. I have finally decided to build my own. I enjoy building things??? I have designed a 10' nesting dinghy which is nearing completion. The finished version should weight less than 120lbs. I am presently completing the mold
and will have a completed version early this winter. It is built to be powered by up to a 15hp. and to easily plane. We tested the plug
in Lake Ontario
this fall and were extremely satisfied by its performance. It is non-sinkable with a double wall fiberglass
foam sandwich construction and foam filled seats. This type of construction provides a high strength to weight ratio. It fits nested on the fore deck of our Alberg 30
with ample room to work our windlass
and anchors. The nested dinghy could also be fitted, in its nested form, on a power boat's swimming platform or on small davits
. The locking mechanisms are very strong and are designed to be able to lock the bow and stern sections together in wavy water
in less than a minute. Each of the sections has enough boyancy to support an adult for the locking process. It should meet our need to have an easily deployable emergency
dinghy. Both the bow and stern section have sealed water-tight compartments. The stern has adjustable boyant trim tabs. They fold into the stern when not required or when the dinghy is stored. In addition to providing an additional 14" of water-length boyancy they bring the engines center of thrust more forward and allows for the bigger engine
possibiliity. They also have knee and foot pad indentations that facilitate climbing into the dinghy from the water. The rub rails are non-marking rubber and give full protection to our boat's hull. The hull will be protected from damage from rocky landings by stainless strips on the plane and tracking fins. Our plan calls for a small dodger
over the bow section. A receptical for two piece oars is built into the design of the stern section. The stern will have two small wheels on the tracking fins to help move the nested dinghy over the ground.
When our dinghy is completed I will have a complete mold
available to produce additional dinghies. I don't know how much interest there would be in the boating
community for such a design. If there is I might consider putting it into production. All the advice from you or the readers would be appreciated. If additional info. would be of interest let me know and I can provide some rough design specifications and pictures of the work in progress.
Kilwinning - Alberg