The dinghy/tender/dink issue has been a big one for us lately. We are trying to adapt to life at anchor
with a lot of commuting in to work via a dinghy. Right now, we are so far out that there is a ferry
that takes a similar route
to our dingy ride!
We see conditions on rainy, cold and stormy days with 4' chop in the bay that we have to cross. Our current
10' Achilles (with aluminum
floor and inflatable
keel) just doesn't cut it. It pounds, we are wet and we are cold both from spray and precipitation.
One of the biggest changes for us (aside from selling the boat and getting a stinkpot to live on - I'll sail a Laser or something to get the fix) is having to commute in daily to work. This means we need the ultimate tender
Even working on megayachts, using a 25' (or 30'? can't remember) center console Parker and RIB
Novurania, you could STILL be wet and cold.
Since we plan to anchor
out for the winter this year (in MAINE), we need something REAL to keep us warm and dry on the ride in to the car (2+ miles each way).
I'm thinking of getting a 12-16' aluminum
skiff workboat (deep V hull) and putting a couple of seats in with wheel steering
and a sunbrella enclosure to keep the rain (read SNOW) off of us. I plan to haul it up on deck
with a crane when it's at the boat, so we don't have to worry about fouling the bottom.
Just a set of thoughts to contribute to the thread... I think I'm working on the "ultimate dinghy" here....