Choosing a dink, is more than just make and model, one needs to think of the engine
size to put on it, how many people it will carry, where to locate the fuel tank
, etc. Most dinks don't row worth a damn, so the oars pretty much always lay on the dink bottom, as the tubes are used for "sitting". I never use the supplied seats as they are just in the way, so I remove them from the dink.
I've seen a wide variety of engines on your average sized dink, typically from 5-20 hp...and this requires some thought. If you're just going to putter around the harbor, you don't need a large engine
, but if you use the dink to dive offshore
, you'll want to go big..as the dink will get loaded with people and gear
. Bigger engines, mean bigger fuel tanks
, more weight, etc. Dinks, generally will list the max. hp to put on the transom, so this needs a close look.
I made a habit of rigging
another "tow line" from the stern. I made a bridle
to go in front of the engine, attached to two eyebolts on the transom, so when I towed the dink, both the forward and rear towline were attached to the mother boat
. I shortened the stern towline by 1/4"-1/2" or so at the cleat, so that the strain was in the rear towline, but the forward towline kept the dink straight. I found that the dink rode
better this way, when towed, as the dink adopted more of a planing angle, vs. the bow up angle when towed by the bow, especially when the engine was still on, and the second tow line gave me some ease of mind, should there be a breakage in the tow line.
You may find that you'll need to patch the tubes somewhere. I did this one time, using 3M's 5200 as I had nothing else. It took a long time to "dry", several days, but it did the trick.
Finally, most all dinks these days are carried on stern davits
. So this too, needs to be addressed. the size and weight are important, more so, if you leave the engine on the dink. The dink needs to have appropriate " pick up" points so it can be lifted.
Once on the davits
, the dink needs to be securely braced. I have my own methods, so as to make the dink immovable. Don't forget to remove the drain plug
In almost 40 years afloat, I've owned a variety of dinks. I don't have a preference. How much the dink costs, $$$$, also pays into this decision. I see the dink as a "workhorse"....much like a pickup on the road, still drives like a car, but can carry a load.