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Old 12-02-2015, 15:55   #31
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Towing works great .... until that one day.....
You mean the day in a beam sea it capsizes and becomes a great sea anchor?
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Old 12-02-2015, 16:46   #32
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Re: What is the most rowable dinghy?

I swear by my inflatable it's just perfect!
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Old 12-02-2015, 17:30   #33
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What's wrong with an 8' wooden or fiberglass prom? The accept an outboard and row fairly well. We have a 1954 Chris Craft 8' wooden pram and it's great.
We also have a 1955 Chris Craft wooden pram. It was a kit boat my father and I built. Never thought I would see another one. It rows just fine. However we left it at home and bought a PortaBote because it is much easier to stow on deck, and it I doesn't scratch the mother ship, and rocks don't hurt it. I would not call it a great rowboat, but I think it rows better than a Rib.
Note: the original oar locks lasted exactly one week...:!
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Who insisted that an RIB can't be rowed?
You can row a square piece of floating dock if you want to. How well you can row it, well that's another issue.
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Old 12-02-2015, 20:55   #36
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Re: What is the most rowable dinghy?

Porte Bote is making a version with an inflatable collar, sort of like a Walker Bay. That kinda approaches a RIB.

I haven't tried it but it should row similar to a regular PB, as long as the tubes don't get in the way. Don't know.

I modified the oar locks on my PB by adding some wood backer and using standard real oar locks and real wood oars. Makes a big difference.

Not a great pulling boat, but a descent row boat. 6hp will push it just fine.
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Re: What is the most rowable dinghy?

I bought a AB 290 AL double bottom. Rows easily and goes like stink in heavy seas due to deep V design. I have a 15 HP Yammy 2 stroke on her. Well pleased.

Weighs 37 kg so (relatively) easy to lift/launch. PRICY!!
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I don't think the OP asked for dingy opinions, they asked what kind of RIB rows best.
For a RIB to row it's all about the oars and oarlocks. So check those out. Buy good long oars instead of trying to use the wimpy ones.
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The best dinghy in the world rows like crap if the oars are too short.. and stock inflatable oars are short & crap..
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Re: What is the most rowable dinghy?

Much thanks to all who have replied to my question. I really had a RIB in mind when I said "rowable dinghy" but the broader discussion of hard dinghies, Porta-Botes, Walker Bays, oars, and oar locks has been very useful to me. Thanks.
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Much thanks to all who have replied to my question. I really had a RIB in mind when I said "rowable dinghy" but the broader discussion of hard dinghies, Porta-Botes, Walker Bays, oars, and oar locks has been very useful to me. Thanks.
Xlantic's post on the Walker Bay look interesting as far as your needs?
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