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Old 16-08-2008, 09:24   #1
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Name This Dinghy

Oh boy... another "which boat" thread!

I want a dingy that:

*Can carry enormous loads
*Can row well
*Can plane with an 8 horse engine
*Is stable in the rough stuff
*Keeps spray to a minimum when planing
*Weights next to nothing (ha ha )
*Is in the 10-12ft range

Any advice?


Was leaning toward aluminum jon/fishing type boats. Getting tired of inflating my dying Caribe.
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Old 16-08-2008, 10:03   #2
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These are pretty rugged and the 12' VV hull model has a 42" wide bottom they have a 10' but has a 36" bottom.
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Some downsides: they are noisy, can cause damage when bumping against a hull. Maybe spray the floor with truck bed liner for noise reduction and put a good soft white rub rail around the gunnel. I like the idea and may try it some time, I don't know if if they are stable enough to board over the side when snorkeling?
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Old 17-08-2008, 15:17   #3
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I just got a new 10" alum RIB. Great boat. They are made in NZ imported by TradeWinds in Costa Mesa CA. Excellent prices too .. better than Avon RIBa at Defender. I can plane with an 8 at half throttle (one person), dry, no swamping large tubes. Check it out. Hypalon too.
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Old 17-08-2008, 15:19   #4
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I just got a new 10" alum RIB. Great boat. They are made in NZ imported by TradeWinds in Costa Mesa CA. Excellent prices too .. better than Avon RIBa at Defender. I can plane with an 8 at half throttle (one person), dry, no swamping large tubes. Check it out. Hypalon too.
Sounds nice... but how does it row?
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It rows OK, It has a deep V hull. and a sole with a bilge, so you don't get wet feet. I row little so I have no comparison. To my eye it's the best RIB out there, bar none.
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