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Old 19-11-2018, 15:21   #46
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Re: Recommend me dinghies please

As one that likes RIBs, Iím also aware it is no longer a fully folded boat. So Iím ready to consider a semi rigid one with a good cushioned fender around... But we still buy inflatable dinghies also for being unsinkable, soft to reduce damage our GRP hulls and with a wide, blunt bow for easy and safe in/out access. I donít see how a Port a bote can help with such needs


QUOTE=syorca;2764789]Bought a Port-a-bote 12 last tear and we are very satisfied with it. With a modified Mercury 2,2 hp outboard it planes with 2 adults and 2 11 years kids. We certainly don't miss our old inflatable, in any way.[/QUOTE]
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Old 19-11-2018, 15:26   #47
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Bought a Port-a-bote 12 last tear and we are very satisfied with it. With a modified Mercury 2,2 hp outboard it planes with 2 adults and 2 11 years kids. We certainly don't miss our old inflatable, in any way.
But I don't think they fit the OP's requirements.

They are heavier than an inflatable (the smaller ones are). As expensive as a good aluminium rib, and have very low payload capacity.

I'll admit though getting the 2.2 to plane with 2 adults in is good going.
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Old 19-11-2018, 16:43   #48
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Re: Recommend me dinghies please

I just got a Walker Bay G2 310 about 2 months ago after having most every brand over the last 40 years and cruising many 1,000s of miles . My last one was an AB.

I'm very happy with the Walker Bay so far. It is much dryer in chop (keeps the wife happy) then past dinghies and gets up on plane faster, It also has 2 cup holders which are great (would you buy a car with out cup holders?).

I plan on doing a video review when I get time.
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Old 19-11-2018, 21:12   #49
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Re: Recommend me dinghies please

I went to a hard, nesting, dinghy that I built from a $35 plan. No worries with dogs. 5 years of beaching and general use, still in good shape, and it rows like a witch.
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I lived on my boat in the bvi for almost two years. I had an inflatable and after beaching it several times a day to take my dog ashore the bottom started leaking. Just something to think about.
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Old 20-11-2018, 11:03   #51
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Re: Recommend me dinghies please

Two are the options for a dinghy ,
Inflatable with flexible bottom :
It's a very good option if you have storage issues , but it comes with problems like looking and easy to be damaged.

If you think of a rigid bottom forget about it , those dingys have no pros :
They are bulky , heavy , they do leak and you can't store them , plus they are expensive .
A good alternative that I have done if you want a rigid dinghy , go and find a fiberglass guy and ask him to make one custom to fit nicely on your deck ,
You will need a foam cored , with 2 layers of light cloth on each side , this construction is unsicable , can be beached with no issues is lighter that an inflatable rigid dighy, (mine is around 30 kilos ) and should cost you less than 1000 (I build mine with 200 euro ) .
PS: that dingy can be with lockers , you can add a sail if you want and in general do whatever you want with it .
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Re: Recommend me dinghies please

The fairly recent development of "drop-stitch" construction in inflatables means that you can get a pretty rigid floor and even sides now in inflatables. Having tried most iterations, for ease of use a good inflatable is the best choice for me. The floor in my kayak is so rigid I can stand easily on it. Additional material can be glued to the hull for more abrasion resistance too. I eschew dragging a dinghy around behind the boat, and I hate trying to bang around a rigid heavy hull, especially if its windy, unless there are davits... and then you have a huge article of windage...but that's just me... where I am as soon as I leave an anchorage it's not uncommon to be out in 20 knots of breeze and 4 or 5 foot seas right away so I prefer having everything easy to wrap up and lash down or stow well.
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May seem unusual, but you might compare the pros and cons of this kind of boat:
https://www.seaeagle.com/InflatableFishingSkiffs/FSK16
I have this company's kayak (420X) and no problems in 5 years. A friend has one of their kayaks too and he bangs it around a lot more than I do, with a dog, and it's fine too.
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Thanks Simi. I might be being dense... What is a tinny?
Its an Aussie term for an aluminium dinghy
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Re: Recommend me dinghies please

Has anyone tried one of these folding ribs? Fiberglass bottom, folds into 3 parts. When assembled, apparently acts as a normal rib.

F-RIB 330 | F-RIB

I currently have (and like a lot!) an AB alum 9.5 rib. It's been great for 12 years, but am thinking about the folding rib for new boat, to be able to cruise with clear foredeck.
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FYI mercury inflatableĎs have a terrible reputation. If you go with an inflatable I would recommend a rib with either fiberglass or aluminum floor and you will definitely need some heavy duty chaps to protect the tubes from the dogs claws/sun/Wear and tear. In my humble opinion Achilles is the best out there, I have had to and they are bulletproof, cheers
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