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Old 11-12-2011, 07:07   #76
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Re: On the hook cruisers, what kind of dingy do you use..

Originally Posted by colemj View Post
I don't think the cultural argument cuts it.
Alright, maybe I just hang out with the other poor people then.

You don't really miss what you can't afford

On the positive side my ancient tinker tramp and 2.2h is right down the bottom of the getting pinched list tied up next to a dozen shiney caribes with 15h yamahas.

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Re: On-the-Hook Cruisers . . . What Kind of Dinghy Do You Use ?

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For most Bahamas cruisers dinks are your lifeline and a great part of the fun. Exploring for miles, going to far off reefs to fish, provisioning, lugging water, dinghy drifts, group outings. That's why the vast majority of us have the largest RIB we can deal with on the mothership and a hefty motor, usually a 15 hp two stroke
I hear you Vasco, and I understand. All these things are great. You can go further, go faster, and probably do it all more comfortably than I. That's fine. But this is an endlessly scalable point. Some rich dude in a super yacht can go twice as far as you, twice as fast, using his 28' RIB with a 60hp motor. That's fine too.

The size of outboard and dingy have tracked upward over time, just as the average size of yacht. It's a sign of growing affluence in Western societies. So in this I agree with Gord May (except to say that not all of us are "forced" into choosing small over large). Most sailors choose the biggest tender/engine they can reasonably handle, just like the chose the biggest yacht they can manage.

As history clearly shows, these are wants, not needs. People have been sailing to the Bahamas in small boats for over 100 years now (and that's only considering "modern" times). Clearly most of them managed to get from mothership to shore, to provision, to explore, and probably even have some fun.

As I said, there is no right answer. There is only the answer that is right for you.

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