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Old 08-09-2009, 09:13   #1
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Sailing Dinghy Suggestions

I doubt it exists, but is there a sailing dingy which can double as a tender, which rows reasonably well, is under 140 lbs in weight, length 14ft or under, which can plane with 3 people with an outboard and can carry 800lbs?
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Is there a hard, light weight dingy that could be all things? I'm not very familiar with different hard dingy types, but know what RIBS do well and don't do well. And rowing a RIB even a few hundred yards can be a challenge.

This is what I've heard about the tinker " It rows like a pretty good
inflatable (I've tried) and sails so so. In a cruiser's dinghy sailing race
in Mexico, the Tinker was way behind the El Toro and our nesting plywood
dinghy. I think it tries to be all things to all people and doesn't do a
great job at anything. The bow is pretty low too from what I could see, and
I think it was rather wet in a chop.
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My current dink can do all the above, well, almost - it doesn't plane but it does scoot along.

Oxford Dinghy, made in Oxford, MD in the 80's. Not many around. Scoop it up if you can find it.

10'0", about 95 lbs empty. Round stern - very unique. Mine came with a Gunther sailing rig, wood rudder and tiller, and nice ash oars. Has integral centerboard and flotation.

Rowing: A+ fast and tracks straight.
Sailing: B-; centerboard CE is a little far forward (my guess); tends to easily get stuck in irons until you learn how to tack it just right. Of course my sail is VERY blown out so that could be part of the problem.
Motoring: C-. It really scoots, but unfortunately the only engine I have is a 2 hp long shaft for a 17 ft day sailer, and with that she really sticks her nose in the air. A short shaft would probably do much better.

I've had 1000 lbs in it plenty of times; four adults, two kids, two dogs, and lots of gear/supplies. Rowing. Doesn't gripe a bit.

Very stable; my son and I can stand on one gunwale with the rest of the boat empty and it won't put the rail under.
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I saw a stitch and glue plywood dighy that handled 4 persons quite well and rowed well too. The plans called for a single 4 x 8 sheet of plywood. Very light. They were hauling 4 adults around in comfotably.

For manufactuted the Trinka 10 is the nicest one I've ever seen. Sort of spendy but an exceptional dinghy. Perhaps the same price as a high quality RIB. It rows very very well.
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Can't tell you how it sails, but I have the 10 foot 8 inch and can tell you that I love it for both rowing and will plane with 2 adults and 4 hp.
Very stable.
Also, before I bought it, I hadn't heard one complaint about pota-botes from anyone who owned one.

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NN10 Nesting Row Power Sail Dinghy Try this one of our members just bought the company looks real cool and it nests as well.
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Have you checked out the Walker Bay hard dinks with inflatable collars around the gunwhale? They row and power like a hard dink and there's a sailing kit available for them too. They're initally a little tippy (like a typical hard dink) but when the inflatable collar gets in the water it gets real stable. They're polypropylene I think .... some sort of pretty durable plastic which makes them pretty hard to damage and they have a wheel in the rear of the keel so you can pick up the bow and drag the dink on the hard using the wheel.

We have an 8' Walker Bay and it rows and motors pretty well, but I haven't tried sailing it yet (have the sailing kit, but its never been used). Mind you, we've only owned it a month. They do an 8' and a 10' or 11' dink as well ... kinda spendy I gather, but seems to be pretty robust and possibly as close to the best of both worlds you'll get. Not particularly heavy and seems to be pretty robust.
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Not sure how well the Bauer 10 will motor, but she is the best sailing and rowing dink I have seen.

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Dixi Dinghy and Argie 10 sailing dinghies

Here's a couple I gave some thought to. Also instead of a liferaft I would consider these.....i2f
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The 9-foot Dyer "Dhow" Dinghy
Different sizes of this make are available.
I can't comment on how well they handle.
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Charlie,

The NN10 looks like a very clever boat. It looks like it would be pretty wet in a chop with that minimal bow volume, though; even in the rowing shot it is down by the bow. The fact that the sailing rig is only in drawings and not in photos makes me wonder if they ever actually built and tested any.

The email links are broken on the web site. Do they still exist and build boats?
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Great thread. My fav is the Cartopper by Phil Bolger Bolger Cartopper sailboat for sale. 11'6", nice lines, weighs 90 lbs, takes 4 sheets of 1/4" ply and 2 gal of resin. "Instant Boatbuilding" by Dynamite Payson has detailed plans. When I move onto the cat I will want a nice sailing dink to satisfy my monohull jones. For better or worse, I too plan to use the tender as a lifeboat, with the addition of some extra floatation and maybe hypalon tubes.

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The NN10 looks like a very clever boat. It looks like it would be pretty wet in a chop with that minimal bow volume, though; even in the rowing shot it is down by the bow. The fact that the sailing rig is only in drawings and not in photos makes me wonder if they ever actually built and tested any.

The email links are broken on the web site. Do they still exist and build boats?
I talked to the guy who bought the business. They have made sailing versions and there used to be pictures on the website. I can get the name and the email and skype number of the guy if you want to contact him.
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The 9-foot Dyer "Dhow" Dinghy
Different sizes of this make are available.
I can't comment on how well they handle.
That's ours. Sails nice and rows easy. I recommend it. We got ours with the translucent bottom - it lets light through which is nice as we keep it on the cabin top over the center hatch.

there's a racing class with dhows
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