'Lil Dink is in deep trouble and I can only use her now under duress....
To get to shore I even take a life jacket. At the dinghy dock
I have to take the engine
off and chain it to the dock
or 'Lil Dink will sink. Even then I need to be back within 3 hours... 2 hours is better.
the replacement is in the Caribbean
. Here much more expensive and not the brands / style / size I want. (and 25 days shipping!)
when cruisng is more than just a bit of floating rubber. Its the SUV to adventure. The Shag Wagon for a teenager, Shopping
cart for mum and family
run-about for the boat. to have a service
range of 5nms from the boat opens up a huge oportunity to explore than an small deflatable like mine can't give.
Theres vast areas of the world where buying
a dink is just not possable (Thailand they wanted USD$3,500 for a 3m dinghy).
If I was just starting out and had the funds I would buy a new one, and a new big engine
. Get the right one thats going to fit its spot on the boat.
You could well use it more than the mainsail
, more than the yachts engine....