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Achilles 4 14.81%
AB 6 22.22%
Highfield 9 33.33%
Zodiac 1 3.70%
Other 8 29.63%
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Old 10-04-2021, 05:29   #16
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Re: Poll... Inflatables?

Highfield CL290 with tohatsu efi 15 hp. 3 years and awesome so far. Pretty light, planes easily with 4 (but weíre all light relative to current human standards), great ride. Bow locker for fuel tank is awesome. I got the Hypalon version. I chartered a boat with the ultra light version and it felt almost too light in shop and breeze. So I prefer a few extra pounds for the locker and double floor which keeps everything dry also. Tons of bilge space so even with a decent amount of water you donít get any on your feet
I bought from Annapolis inflatables and they said price difference for AB probably wasnít worth it with what they were seen with highfield.
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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.
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Re: Poll... Inflatables?

Thank you everyone for you're informative input!! Much appreciated.

Well, as indicated....I was seriously contemplating the Zodiac....as I've had 3 and had pretty good luck with them. Having said that....I'm very curious why all except one did not choose the Zodiac???

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I'm very curious why all except one did not choose the Zodiac???
I will not forgive the French for the way they destroyed Avon.
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I will not forgive the French for the way they destroyed Avon.
or Moruroa Atoll...

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