Originally Posted by CottageGirl
Hi all! New to this forum and have a question about dinghies.
We are buying
a 48' Sea Ray Sedan Bridge and need to buy a dinghy to go with her. The Sea Ray has a hydraulic swim platform for the dinghy.
I've started looking for a new dinghy (used ones seem to be very scarce) and came across these three brands. I'm familiar with Zodiac
but not the other brands. It looks like we can get into a new Walker Bay or Grand Marine, center console, RIB for just under $12,000. I've seen some with Yamaha engines and others with Tohatsu (which I'm not familiar with).
Any thoughts on these three brands?
You don't mention the size you are considering, but I assume with your 48' Sea Ray, and your term 'dinghy' you are not looking at much more than 3-4 metres?
A lot of folks go for RIBS, but we have with the last two dinghy's gone for hard inflatable
floors. At the end of the season, being able to roll the whole thing up, and stow it in a spare cabin
or lazarette is a big plus for us.
The brand we have the most experience with is Zodiac, and I have to say their 'Fastrunner' series tracks very well (like on rails, 90 degree turns etc), and ride very well, with a Vee pretty well as good as a RIB hull
. I would argue that with the slight give in the 'hard' floor, you actually get a softer ride than with the fully rigid hull of a RIB.
Not a good idea to drag up shelly beaches too often of course, but then I would not want to do that with a RIB either. Better to lift
, of have flip-down wheels on the transom.