Everyone has their favorite.
After much review and consideration, the one I would pick for my own boat would be….(drumroll)…the PT Eleven Nesting Dinghy
PT Eleven Nesting Dinghy home page
Why that dinghy?
Many reasons, all of which I won't go into here. But here are a FEW of the reasons I would pick it for my boat:
1. Nesting Ability
It is small and only weighs 95 pounds (hull alone) and when in two pieces that means only lifting about 45 pounds. That makes it very easy to take and put on a boat, etc. But, it can sail or row with more than two people in it.
2. Easy and Quick assembly,
even when it is in the water! I found it amazing that it takes just 20 seconds to join the two pieces together and be ready to row and go. WOW!
3. It sails very well,
and looks like it could outsail any other similar dinghy. I have looked at videos of other popular dinghies sailing with their optional sail kits, and the easy conclusion is that some are real pigs. Most of the other brands show their boats in almost calm water
. The PT11 video shows the boat in a variety of conditions, from calm, to surf, to nice stiff wind
. A nimble sailing dinghy is something I value, for fun and practical purposes.
See the videos to draw your own conclusion.
4. It has a very "classy" look
that I think would be very nice to see on my bigger boat or on the water. I don't care for blunt bowed pram style dinghies and don't like some hard dinghies that look like a plastic bath tub. Aesthetics? Well, I am an artist, and aesthetics and design matter to me.
Those words…are just words. It is best to see for oneself so view this video of short highlight clips from some of the many videos on Youtube about the PT11.
There are more reasons, but that should be enough for you (or anyone) to look at it seriously.
It does cost more than a "Walker Bay" or similar inexpensive plastic dinghy.
In sum, when considering use of the sailing dinghy on a typical sailboat (as a tender) and considering the need to stow it somewhere on the larger boat, and considering my desire to have a fun sailing dinghy that will perform as I want it to, with a simple rig that is easy to rig up (even when doing so over the side of a bigger boat), I think the PT11 is my optimum choice.
Disclaimer: I have NO financial connections to the builder
of the PT11. I have not owned one (yet) and I have not sailed one (yet). But, I see this as my choice and plan to get one in the future. So, you may take my opinion with a big splash of saltwater. But, if you do look at the video I linked above, I think you will be able to see for yourself the appeal I see in the PT11.