To Arch: Well this has turned into a fun thread! Sort of like mono versus cat…
No right answers, just what suits each person best. Expanding a bit on our use of a dink... For me and my family
, we like adventuring and we will routinely go for 1 to 5 miles from the Anchorage in our AB 11 rib
with a Yammi 25. That, without a doubt is the best boating purchase
I have ever made. We go snorkeling, hiking, exploring, and once in a while we dig out the towable tube. I can plane with 3 people in the dingy waiting their turn, while pulling 3 other people on the tube. Where do all the kids (and adults) congregate? By the little rowing dingy? No offense to anyone, but I get really irritated if I'm in a dingy that won't plane. Especially one that is too small and uncomfortable to sit in. Sure I enjoy going slow and enjoying the scenery. We enjoy fishing
and trolling at idle for hours, but that's my choice to go slow. When I want to get to the beach or little restaurant I want the option to put the hammer down.
If somebody wants to putz around the anchorage and not venture out too far hey that's great too. Just like some people might like driving a tiny Smart car I'm afraid that's not for me.
The only pain in the butt Arch, is lifting that motor. If u can trade
for a 2 stroke
that will be awesome. If not, give the davits
a shot. Keep in mind that while you are day hopping in the islands (say the Exumas
for instance, my favorite place in the world) you will just be towing the dingy if the weather
is calm. On passages to the Bahamas
or between big islands of course you will lift it but I don't think you will be lifting it up and down as much as you think. When we were out cruising long term we tended to hang out in nice places for days at a time, and I rarely lifted the dingy when we did short hops. And on the motor, stick with Yamaha, that's what you will see out there the most.
PS - to one of the prior posters - my Dodge diesel
truck is only a 6 cylinder... And you can Never have too much power, in any vehicle! Like the guy I met last month at the beach with his gas motor powered blender for margaritas.
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