Hi all, I thought I would update the thread, as we have pulled the trigger on a new dingy. We have ordered a AB Lamina 9.5 AL. We "Discovered" that with the boat completely deflated, we should be able to put it upside down and thwartships, right behind the mast
. The side decks will still be clear.
When in protected waters, we will tow the dingy, with the engine
on the stern, something we have done many times with our current
In comparing all of the options, it finally struck us that there are essentially a "light" and "regular" versions of both fiberglass
, and aluminum AB dingies. The big difference being that the "regular" versions have a much deeper bow section, a vee shape deeper throughout the full length of the hull
, raised forward tubes, and a bow locker. The "Light" versions of both Fiberglass and Aluminum both have much flatter hull
profiles, and no bow locker.
So to us, the 9.5 AL is only 6 inches shorter then the 10 foot Ultralight, weighs the same at 95 lbs, and has a bow locker to boot. It is also rated for a 15hp engine
, the UL is rated for a 10hp. Comparing the Aluminum 9.5 AL to the 9 VL (Fibrerglass), the AL weighs 95 lbs, and the VL weighs 47lbs more!!!
I do think that the "Light" version of the fiberglass dingy has a bit fuller hull then the "Ultralight" aluminum, but it does not look to be a big difference. I think that the 9.5 AL will be much drier, and a better performing boat then the 10 UL. The only downside is that it costs more. The local dealer here in Oriental gave us a good deal, so we are happy, and look forward to receiving the boat sometime next week. I am an "EX" marine
photographer, and look forward to having a dingy that I can shoot from, and I hope that the 9.5 AL will do the trick.
I will take some photos when it arrives.