Go with two dinghies. You will NEED two dinghys in any case. If one wants to go ashore, the others are left stranded on the boat or ashore without two dinghies. Even with just the two of us, we had two dinghies and used both a lot. If you are going to power the second dinghy
, it will provide a back up motor
should the primary motor
get cantankerous and it probably will.
are fine for local cruising but I wouldn't carry a dinghy
on an ocean passage
, even one of only a few hundred miles. Maybe if God guaranteed the weather forecast
, I might reconsider. A dinghy filled with water
will drag down the stern, tear itself apart, possibly rip out the davits and could leave gaping holes in the deck
and/or result in a lost
I wouldn't go for a large dinghy. One big enough for your normal crew as a primary dinghy will work fine. If you don't carry the dinghy in the davits all the time, you are going to have to get it on deck
and stow it someplace. The smaller suitable size, the better for that. Also, dinghies are fair game
for thieves and that's just not by the locals. An under 5hp outboard
won't get you up on a plane but won't have much of a market for the local fisherman looking for a kicker
We carried an inflatable
that we intended to use with an engine
and a hard dink that we rowed or sailed. I really don't like motoring so appreciated the sailing dink for exploring anchorages
without the noisy, stinky outboard
. As things worked out, we rowed the inflatable
a lot because of a very unreliable outboard that I finally deep sixed out of frustration.
Check Craig's List in any major boating
area. Dinghies and motors come up almost constantly. Some are great deals that have hardly been used at great savings. Others are suitable for a backup, some are just junk. You should be able to find one if you have a month or so to look. As others have said, stick with Hypalon. It resists UV degradation very well and will last for decades if cared for properly. PVC just doesn't hold up in the tropics or if left exposed to the sun a lot. It's false economizing as the money
you save between PVC and Hypalon will be wasted on prematurely replacing a PVC Dinghy.