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Old 11-07-2018, 10:48   #31
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Had to look up SUP. Don't you stand on all paddle boards? And I never recommended a paddleboard.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:44   #32
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Misunderstood your intent...pic was of paddleboard towing. Give it a try. You may find it more of a pain than it appears.

If towing with dinghy + motor at any speed it will need something to help it track straight, like a skeg, otherwise it will carteen all about.

Ive towed other kayakers and used a sit-on-top kayak as a kayak towed supply barge in near coastal waters...tough going for any distance in any significant wind/seas, but across a protected anchorage would not be bad.
It might not work for exposed areas. But I plan on using it behind a small dinghy with a trolling motor for hauling water on calm days. Also I must say I know people with ISUP that are quite happy with them and use a cooler or a simple Tupperware bucket to keep their things dry. The cooler can be used as a seat in windy conditions. And I know one person that had a kayak paddle for this position.
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A SUP would be my very last choice for dealing with any sort of problem situation such as rowing out a kedge or getting a drunk/ill/overtired person to or from shore at night, when it's cold, in light chop and a breeze.

Yaks, entry and exit is a problem, you will get wet, not stable enough to be a good choice as a work platform of any kind, most do not have enough capacity for two people and a load of groceries



Canoes, of olden time these had much greater variety of construction and there were versions with more freeboard that would be highly suitable. This example would be too large:



Freighter Canoe, traditional 22' - Alberta Outdoorsmen Forum


But intermediate sizes have been made and to some extent still are. Square stern canoes in 16' are still readily available new and used, usually in aluminum, and would be about right. These take a 3hp motor and carry 3 big guys or 2 and a load of groceries. Due to their length, they will not fit on deck.



If you're going to have a hard dink, you are better off with a Trinka or Fatty Knees or Portland Pudgy than a 'yak or canoe, because they have more freeboard, more capacity for the same empty weight, are shorter so they will fit on deck, can accept a motor, have an integral rub rail for the inevitable bump and grind, are stable enough to use as a work platform, etc etc etc. If you're going to have a deflatable then you are better off with the customary configurations everyone uses (Avon, AB, etc) as these are seaworthy, have more capacity, are shorter so they will fit on deck, can accept a motor, are stable enough to use as a work platform, are made of hypalon rather than pvc, etc etc etc.
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Every vessel has it's advantages and disadvantages it's all about choosing the compromise that best suits you.
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Re: Kayak vs. Dinghy

I carry a 10' "sit-inside" kayak (what is the proper term?) and either a 9' inflatable dinghy or 8' fiberglass Livingston style dinghy.
I had a 2.5hp outboard as well which I kept on the stern railing.
this on a Newport 28.

not too bad wrestling the dinghy onto the foredeck of the mothership from a dock. towing is of course an option but costs me up to a knot of speed.

need to watch out not to pinch running rigging, otherwise the boats don't interfere with the sails. they do interfere with you moving about the deck, that's for sure!

doing multiple trips to get people and supplies back and forth gets old real quick. not having something light and nimble like a kayak also gtets old fast.

I singlehand most of the time, only other crew is my wife. I find a combo of both to be ideal for me. as always on boats this size, your compromises will be dictated by the cruising you do and the sailor you are.
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Every vessel has it's advantages and disadvantages it's all about choosing the compromise that best suits you.

Exactly. I've used inflatable sportboats, RIBs, and kayaks (all types). I like them all and they have a purpose. Frankly, this quickly dissolved into a mono-multi thread, with strong comments from people that either have not used all types, or not taken the time to learn proper use.


Kayaks (any type) are super handy for a single person who is a skilled paddler. Sit-in is dry and boarding requires skill. So does seaworthyness.



For multiple people and those who want something klutz-proof, inflatable dinghies have a lot going for them; I've had many guests where that was the only answer. Also handy if you have a lot to carry, though a sit-in will carry more than you think and generally enough for one.


I've had both on the same boat (dinghy on davits), and often the dinghy was not used for days at a time, because the kayak was less fuss and more fun.


And no, the kayaks are not in the way. I carry them on the davits.
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Thinwater. I too have used just about every type of tender you can imagine. But what works for me may not work for others and I understand that but it seems like most people on this thread think their way is the best. oh well
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