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Old 21-12-2012, 19:10   #1
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Im Looking for Used Dinghy Advice Please

Im looking for used Dinghy advice please .
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Old 21-12-2012, 19:27   #2
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Im looking for used Dinghy advice please .
Maybe a little more information will help.

The forum is international so maybe start with what part of the world you're in?

Budget?

How big; either the boat it goes on or the size dinghy you want?
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Old 21-12-2012, 19:28   #3
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Re: Im looking for used Dinghy advice please .

What kind of mother ship? How big? Power or sail?
Where are you?
How many in the regular crew?
Is the boat kept on a mooring so you need something that can be car-topped from home to the mooring field then splashed to get out to the boat?
Price range?
What kind of cruising to you do? Where? Do you anchor out a lot? Generally, do you expect to anchor far from where you want to land?
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Old 21-12-2012, 23:02   #4
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I mean the USED INFLATABLE with engine 9 or 10" .
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Old 22-12-2012, 06:25   #5
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Re: Im looking for used Dinghy advice please .

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Solex.
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Old 22-12-2012, 07:06   #6
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I mean the USED INFLATABLE with engine 9 or 10" .
Hi Solex,

That helps a bit but please understand that Cruiser's Forum is very international. I don't know the exact statistics but am guessing about half the members are outside the US, many in Australia and England but also lots of members from other countries in Europe, South America, South Africa and just about any other country you can name (haven't heard of any from Saudi Arabia but there might be one).

Unless you tell us, we have no idea where you located and the answer on where to find a used dinghy would be very different depending on whether you are in Sidney or London or Capetown. You would probably also get some different suggestions depending on whether you are in Los Angeles or Seattle or Miami.

If you can give us a location then since the forum has thousands of members from every part of the world you will probably get some very good suggestions from someone in your local area.

If you happen to be in the USA and on the east coast have you tried Craig's List? I found a very good deal on my last dinghy that way.

In general you are going to get the best performance from a RIB but due to size, weight and storage restrictions some boats can't carry a RIB. It gets down to whether your boat is large enough for davits or has space on the foredeck to carry a RIB or if you have to have a soft bottom dinghy that can roll up and fit below.
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Old 22-12-2012, 07:33   #7
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Re: Im looking for used Dinghy advice please .

Not much to go on here, but I think that I would look at hypalon construction, especially in a used inflatable. Whether or not you go RIB or lighter depends a lot on how you will be stowing the boat. I've had excellent service out of Achilles boats. My current one, with the roll up aluminum floor, is now over 7 years old. I deflate and roll up for offshore use.
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Re: Im Looking for Used Dinghy Advice Please

Solex, The best advice that I could give you on the purchase of a used inflatable dinghy is that sun is their worst enemy. Pay careful attention to the age of the dinghy and how it has been stored in the past! Once you own one, put a tube cover on it so that they are protected from the sun. Best of luck! gts1544
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Avoid.

If budget a concern, get a smaller/less expensive, NEW one.

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Re: Im Looking for Used Dinghy Advice Please

Go with hypalon..

One thing I wish everybody did is post the type and size of boat they own. It helps us to evaluate the applicablility of advice to our situation. There are some out there with a 40' sportfisherman and others that can barely fit an 8' Redstart as a dinghy. Knowing the situation of those giving or asking advice makes a difference.
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Re: Im Looking for Used Dinghy Advice Please

A RIB is very nice compared with a standard style inflatable. What's your budget? NON RIB/low budget: Older Achilles are good, Avon too. But I have heard of some issues with Avon. I suppose in used dingy it's either a good one or not. Look for obvious attempts at reglueing areas. I just sold an 80's Achilles 10 ft for $350. I had a bunch of new hardware pieces etc. Very sturdy and good, They came in Blue or Red Hypalon. No leaks after 30 years! I'm in the PNW where the UV isnt as big a problem though.
In a RIB: Older AB's are good.
I would avoid all West Marine used inflatables. There's usually a bunch around, but they are for sale for a reason!
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I'm not a fan of an inflatable. Look to a hard dink to satisfy your needs. You will be happy u did in 5 years
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I'm not a fan of an inflatable. Look to a hard dink to satisfy your needs. You will be happy u did in 5 years
Would love a good hard dink that rows well and even has a sail rig but don't have room on my boat to carry one the size I would want.

Another advantage to inflatables in general, if you're diving or swimming out of your dink an inflatable is much more stable and easier to climb into than a hard dink.
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I have a nice used dinghy for sale.... zodiac
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Old 22-12-2012, 12:05   #15
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Re: Im Looking for Used Dinghy Advice Please

Now that you mention it, I have the Achilles that came with my boat that I could sell. Bought a newer Avon RIB so don't need the rollup Achilles any longer.

By the way, I'm in north FL USA.
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