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Old 12-04-2012, 05:40   #1
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What dinghy for a 24' yacht

I have a Roberts Tom Thumb 24 and would like opinions on what type/size of dinghy I should be looking at.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:12   #2
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Re: What dinghy for a 24' yacht

On our 25'7" power cruiser we carry an Avon Redcrest. Tough hypalon boat with enough buoyancy for 4 adults, plenty for 2 and a dog. Takes about ten minutes to inflate with the good foot pump supplied. Weighs 40lb without the optional slatted floor. Rolls up reasonably compact, and we keep it sitting on the motor box. It's 14 years old and still in fine shape.

With the optional fiberglass motor mount, we sometimes power it with a 22lb 2hp Yamaha, which can get it going 3-4 knots, depending on weight. For rowing we got a pair of good oars, 6.5' Sawyers - much more effective and enjoyable than the supplied take-downs.
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Re: What dinghy for a 24' yacht

The TT 24 is a nice little boat. I would suggest a roll-up inflatable on deck with the largest outboard you are able to carry on your shoulder.
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Re: What dinghy for a 24' yacht

If you have room anywhere (foredeck or cabin-top aft of the mast) for a tiny pram (6' is nice, but there are smaller), that will row better than roll-up inflatables. You might also consider a short plastic kayak stowed on the side deck, and I've seen some small-ish inflatable kayaks as well. If you need to keep dry the kayaks won't help, but for just under $1000 you can get the smallest model of fold-a-boat (port-a-boat? -bote? I forget which). That's what I'd look for if pram didn't fit
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Re: What dinghy for a 24' yacht

I second the recommendation of a small, inflatable kayak like those available from Sea Eagle. Of course this may not suit your needs if you're against paddling, need lots of space, or need more stability than a kayak can provide. However, for a "dinghy" with a small storage footprint you can't beat an inflatable kayak.
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Re: What dinghy for a 24' yacht

I have a Compac 23. I build a small wooden pram design from "Hanna's boats". Cost me about 200 in materials and rowed great. Sold the pram, but will probably make another one sometime. It was fun.
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Re: What dinghy for a 24' yacht

Porta-bote 8ft model. Stable, fast and it folds up...what more could you ask.
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Would a 72 lb, inflatable floor (no slats), that can carry 4 fill the bill? It is a high tech, air entrapment catamaran hull that can plane with a 2 1/2 hp.

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Takacat looks interesting.
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Considered my 24-foot pocket cutter practically a dinghy itself.
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Re: What dinghy for a 24' yacht

An inflatable round-tail may work for you, unless you need a dink with more hp on the transom.

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Would a 72 lb, inflatable floor (no slats), that can carry 4 fill the bill? It is a high tech, air entrapment catamaran hull that can plane with a 2 1/2 hp.

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