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Old 06-07-2011, 15:23   #1
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Talking Importance of a Dinghy

New to sailing- have a Catalina 27' and plan to sail in Pacific around southern CA. Should we be concerned about having a dinghy for going ashore somewhere around Catalina Island, and why? Thanks

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Re: Importance of a dinghy

If you want to get to shore other than swimming, you need a dinghy unless there is launch service. Doesn't have to be much of a dinghy as long as the waters are calm. Personally like rowing so don't have a motor to propel our Avon Redcrest or 8' sailing dinghy. The Channel Islands are a great place to explore and you'll definitely need a dinghy there.

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Some people carry kayaks. A little sit-on-top kayak is quick to launch and always ready...
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Our dinghy is our station wagon. We haul water, fuel, provisions, and people too.Not to mention escapting to places to snorkel, and explore. I would like to have a second dinghy that would row, and sail well for fun. The Caribe, and outboard would still be the workhorse.......i2f

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