I have recently started looking at replacing my 1994 Seaworthy RIB
for a larger one. the Seaworthy
still holds air all year long and is PVC. She is not the prettiest girl at the dance but she can still boogaloo.
I haven't read all of the replies, but most of them anyway.
Does anyone here actually use a dinghy
for fun or am I the only one?
We are full time live-aboard cruisers. Up until recently it was by sail, now we are inland on lakes and rivers in a powerboat.
We have always used our dinks for exploring and gunkholing. We like speed so we can cover a lot of territory in a day. My latest gem is a 12' Saturn inflatable. Yesterday we took it out for our first day trip up the river. We absolutely loved the bigger size and width and ability to plane with the 2 of us at a little above 1/2 throttle with a 9.8HP.
Reasons we love inflatables:
Light weight for davits
- my 12' Saturn soft bottom - 110 Lbs.
High load and passenger capacity - my 12' is spec'd for 5 people
can bump the mothership all day long with no damage to either
The real biggie: STABILITY !!!
Reasonably dry ride
Can be rolled up and stored easily - my new soft bottom, not the RIB
We take the family
and friends for rides all of the time. Most people not
used to boats don't know how to shift their body weight getting into and
out of a dink and this could be dangerous. It's almost impossible to tip an
FUN!!! Most people like playing in the dink more than my Mainship 36.
I haven't tried pulling a skier, but I'm sure I can.
Can't BBQ in the dink.