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View Poll Results: What size outboard do you use to power your dinghy?
I dont use an outboard, I use oars. 14 10.94%
0-5 Horsepower 46 35.94%
6-10 hp 31 24.22%
11-15 hp 28 21.88%
16-20 hp 3 2.34%
21-25 hp 5 3.91%
Farrari Engine w/12 cylinders 1 0.78%
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Old 26-10-2007, 05:44   #31
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I’d say some sort of kicker is necessary with an inflatable and I used to use a little Eska (7 or 8hp, can’t recall) on my inflatable for a larger boat… but now am content with a hard dinghy and oars… too big to put on the deck of the little Bristol, so we tow it for poking around tidal creeks, but it rows quite nicely so I don’t miss the outboard…
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Old 26-10-2007, 06:21   #32
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We mainly use electric outboards you probably have not heard those since they do not make any noise. The type I use is a Torqeedo 2.0 Kw and we get a good speed and 2 hours of usse before empty , give it a try , about the same speed as an outboard of 5 to 6 hp
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Old 26-10-2007, 07:46   #33
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When were out cruising, we spent a LOT of time exploring in the Dinghy. There were so many beaches to explore, creeks to go up, inlets to traverse. Even though we have a relatively shallow draft catamaran, there were spots we would not have even thought to take the big boat to. I can't even count the times we ran aground in our dinghy!

That being said, once we had a good anchoring spot we didn't really want to move to do exploring. We would take the dinghy several miles back and forth to different spots. Having a little larger engine really helped to make things more enjoyable.

At Georgetown, Bahamas, MUCH of the socializing, and anchoring, is done at Volley Ball beach, but the town is on the main island, across a pretty wide water way. Hauling water, fuel, groceries, internet in a dinghy with oars would, be... difficult.
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Old 26-10-2007, 14:09   #34
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Old 27-10-2007, 13:01   #35
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I use a 6hp Mercury 4 stroke on a 285 Zodiac Cadet Fastroller with inflatable floor and keel, with the tiller extension (so I can get my weight far forward), I have attained 16.8 knots, measured using a hand held Garmin 76cx GPS, my god you have to hold on tight with the other hand, because if you hit any sort of wash, even if it is flat calm you are likely to get thrown out - great fun though!!
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Old 16-11-2007, 08:35   #36
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In a perfect world I'd carry a classic 12-14' sailing/rowing dinghy and a 11' rib with a 25hp 2 stroke... I'm a little short on deck space though so I'll stick with the 10.6 rib and 15hp. A rig like this is crucial for my cruising enjoyment (and for getting dinner back from the reef before it rots!).
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Old 16-11-2007, 09:34   #37
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In a perfect world I would have an AB 10' lammina with a 25 HP engine. But I already have an AB 9' VS and I'll have to settle for a 15 HP engine. Every city is putting in mooring balls everywhere close in and if you want to anchor out in the future, you'll need a dingy which can plane easily with everyone aboard.
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Old 16-11-2007, 09:37   #38
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A lightweight sailing Rigid inflatable

This is an almost perfect world and that is why we have combined the 2 ideal dinghy,s into a sailing , rowing and motorized lightweight rigid inflatable , the complete weight is 30 kilo,s or 66 lbs including sail daggerboard kick up rudder mast and boom and the shape of the bottom is different to make it plane easier and to be more stable.
The front is a deep V and the rear is a catamaran bottom
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We are presently testing and will go into production next year.
The lenght of the first model is 13 ft or 3.78 meter
Following models will be 11 and 15 ft.
The mast and boom can be taken apart to pieces of 5 ft in lenght for storage
The rigid bottom is made of Basalt Fiber combined with Kevlar and divinycell foam
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I'll bite, what sort of specs does it have? (max engine size, Kgs it can lift onto a plane with max engine, max kgs of load it can carry (not under plane).


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This is an almost perfect world and that is why we have combined the 2 ideal dinghy,s into a sailing , rowing and motorized lightweight rigid inflatable , the complete weight is 30 kilo,s or 66 lbs including sail daggerboard kick up rudder mast and boom and the shape of the bottom is different to make it plane easier and to be more stable.
The front is a deep V and the rear is a catamaran bottom
see picture
We are presently testing and will go into production next year.
The lenght of the first model is 13 ft or 3.78 meter
Following models will be 11 and 15 ft.
The mast and boom can be taken apart to pieces of 5 ft in lenght for storage
The rigid bottom is made of Basalt Fiber combined with Kevlar and divinycell foam
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I'll bite, what sort of specs does it have? (max engine size, Kgs it can lift onto a plane with max engine, max kgs of load it can carry (not under plane).

All we have tested so far is 6 HP 4 cycle and a total weight of 200 kilo or 440 lbs and we have reached 13 knots we have build her for a maximum of 15 hp and with a total load of 660 lbs including the boat and motor we should be able to get to 20 knots according to the calculation so that would be 3 people and the boat and motor. we will built her both with or without the sailing option . no prices are not known yet but these will not be low since the materials we use are expensive , hypalon basalt carbon kevlar and divinycell foam.Because of the bottom shape it can take a short legged outboard saving a bit of weight.
Max load is 1200 lbs or 6 people

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Old 16-11-2007, 13:28   #41
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91/2' Caribe with a 15 yammi for the long hard runs and a 3.3 Johnson for the anchorage. The 15 is mounted on the rail using a crane (ohh my back!)and the 3.3 is on the dink hanging in the davits.
Was on a cooler run in the harbour this past summer when the motor revved up and no go...shear pin...sheared..undid the motor from the transom lifted it into the dink ,replaced the pin without dropping it or the tools into the water remounted the motor and away we went...total time 3 minutes...try that with a 15 hp!
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Gideon:
I’ll be waiting for updates on your “almost perfect world” dinghy, with great interest. Please keep us posted on developments, as you move towards production.
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Hallo GordMay

we will start production next week of the normal rowing , motorized version and in January we will do our sailing tests and start production than if the tests are satisfactory.
We are waiting for the first shipmenmt of basalt fiber to produce these rib,s with

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Old 20-11-2007, 13:37   #44
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Honda 2 hp 4 stroke. Little maintenance and light enough to not need a crane. Would prefer a 9.9, max HP for our 10' Avon. I have often thought I would like a jet ski if I could figure out how to stow it
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Just bought a 3.5 HP Tohatsu at the boat show for under $800 USD, it only weighs 41lbs, it'll go on a 8 ft WB, that I rowed for the last 3 years.
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