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Old 09-08-2015, 07:25   #1
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What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

Hello evertone,
I'm looking to see what qualities you would prefer in a dinghy? After seeing having some gripes with what is currently on the market for dinghy's I'm looking into designing my own.

It would be a great help if you could please answer the fallowing questions, and perhaps offer some additional input. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


1.) When purchasing an inflatable dinghy, how many passengers would you like it to hold?

A. 1-3 passengers
B. 4-6 passengers
C. 6+
2.) When purchasing an inflatable dinghy, which color would you prefer?

A. White
B. Black
C. Gray
D. Red
E. Blue
F. Yellow
Other?
3.)When purchasing a inflatable dinghy, how long would you like it?

A. 7-8 Feet
B. 9-10 Feet
C. 11-12 Feet
D. 13-14 Feet
E. 15+ Feet
4. How do you prefer to store the boat while not in use?

A. Deflated on deck
B. Inflated on deck
C. Mounted on the side or back
D. In Tow
E. Moored
5. When buying an inflatable dinghy, which factors are most important to you? Please rate; 1. being most important 2. slightly less important 3. Least important

A. Features __
B. Quality __
C. Price __
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:48   #2
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Re: What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

You're going to design your own dinghy? And I assume you're planning on selling them? You will get so many different answers you'll have to have more models than all the big name brands. But since you're asking, here's what I'd like;



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1: A
2: C
3: A
4: A
5:
A: 3
B: 1
C: 2

I solo sail a small boat. If I had a family with me on a big cat it would be a HNS.

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Re: What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

I would like one puncture proof, easy to row and self inflating that can be stored flat on the foredeck.
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What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

The answers to all of your questions will differ greatly dependent on the size of the boat and whether it is a monohull or a catamaran. The bigger the boat the larger the dinghy that is usually carried. Cats mostly have their dinghy stored on davits at the stern while this method is relatively uncommon on monohulls who either have them deflated & down below or upturned and lashed down on the foredeck. Those on davits or on foredecks will often have rigid bottoms in aluminium or fibreglass which is not possible for those stored below.

There is a vast array of different dinghys already on the market already. What is it that you don't like about them?




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Re: What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

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Hello evertone,
I'm looking to see what qualities you would prefer in a dinghy? After seeing having some gripes with what is currently on the market for dinghy's I'm looking into designing my own.

It would be a great help if you could please answer the fallowing questions, and perhaps offer some additional input. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


1.) When purchasing an inflatable dinghy, how many passengers would you like it to hold?

A. 1-3 passengers
B. 4-6 passengers
C. 6+
2.) When purchasing an inflatable dinghy, which color would you prefer?

A. White
B. Black
C. Gray
D. Red
E. Blue
F. Yellow
Other?
3.)When purchasing a inflatable dinghy, how long would you like it?

A. 7-8 Feet
B. 9-10 Feet
C. 11-12 Feet
D. 13-14 Feet
E. 15+ Feet
4. How do you prefer to store the boat while not in use?

A. Deflated on deck
B. Inflated on deck
C. Mounted on the side or back
D. In Tow
E. Moored
5. When buying an inflatable dinghy, which factors are most important to you? Please rate; 1. being most important 2. slightly less important 3. Least important

A. Features __
B. Quality __
C. Price __
1) 1-3
2) don't care
3) A, 7-8 ft
4) A, inflated on deck
5) D, weight. Dinghy's are heavy.

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Re: What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

1: B (4 passengers)
2: Exact colour not important, but a pale one (less change of pressure with the sunlight)
3: A (about 8 feet)
4: F (deflated in a cockpit locker)
5:
A. Features 4
B. Quality 2
C. Price 3
D. Weight 1

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Re: What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

As Ozbullwinkle said, it really depends on what kind of boat you will be using it with. You also didn't ask about non-inflatable dinghies. I would like to suggest to you that you do a search on this forum for dingies. Next to anchors and guns it's one of the most discussed subjects here. Could take you a week to sort out all the opinions and experience.

You mentioned "designing my own". Do you plan on building your own inflatable?
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Re: What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

On a boat less than 40 feet? Storability.

We are switching from a RIB to a rollup on our 38. Putting it on davits for some passages is simply out of the question and putting it on deck simply takes up too much space.
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Re: What qualities would you look for in an inflatable dinghy?

This reads more like corporate marketing research, than a legitimate question. First and foremost, you can design anything you want, however you are not going to manufacture much more than a plywood pram, or a lapstrake dory on your own.

Every major manufacturer already has a viable range of sizes from 2 to 30 people. Capacity is a function of dimensions (length and beam). PVC and Hypalon have been viable materials for decades. Every manufacturer already makes slat floor, inflatable floor, solid wood floor, and fiberglass (RIB).

There is nothing new to invent. It is unclear what your issues are with the current offerings in the market. You pose the question as though you have problems you're trying to solve, however it is not clear what the problems are.

The criteria in the sample of questions does not serve to solve any problems. What it looks like is a consensus on what the most popular features are to determine manufacturing and marketing strategies.

I call BS on this post.
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