Considering a different dinghy
Hoping to go to the South Pacific
next year if the world stabilizes. . Anticipate 2, occasionally 3 crew
I currently use a 10 foot panel floor PVC inflatable
. It is heavy and bulky for storage
, inconvenient to assemble on limited deck
space, and PVC makes me concerned about lifespan. I am concerned about inflatable
durability being pulled up on beaches. I also own a rigid dink that doesn't fit on deck
well, takes up the entire foredeck limiting access to ground tackle, etc. The rigid dink is FG, heavy and needs repair.
In the past, I've used an Avon
Redcrest donut as well as several prams, always with oars or a 2HP outboard
. This restricts practical range which impacts anchoring
location choices and exploration opportunities.
I have always envied those with planing inflatables and anticipate wanting to go farther distances in the dinghy
than I have in the past. However, due to past problems with crappy old outboards, I doubt I will ever completely trust them. Currently have a HP Nissan 2 stroke
. I have looked into buying
an 8HP Yamaha Enduro once I leave the US.
On my 35 footer, storage
is a key part of the puzzle.
Just say no to davits
I dislike on-deck storage.
No room in cockpit
locker or lazarette.
Weight and bulk for storage below are an issue- quarterberth would be home below.
Options that seem unsuitable-
Donut or rollup inflatable- slow and still inconvenient to inflate.
or Porta-Bote- bulky on deck storage seems like a potential problem on long offshore
Traditional full size rigid dink- storage not solved
Smaller high pressure floor inflatable. Lighter, less bulky, easier to store, somewhat easier assembly/inflation. Floor durability a concern as these seem trouble prone. Still need to be careful on rocks, beaches, etc.
A smaller panel floor would marginally improve storage and assembly a bit. Other issues unchanged.
A very small RIB
would solve durability/beaching issues and provide speed, but require on deck storage. With tubes deflated, it might fit better on the foredeck than a rigid dink.
Final thing I have considered is a nesting dink designed to fit the available deck space. I've designed and built several prams and one custom fitted nester before. Would solve durability issues. Potentially more easily rowed which would mitigate my outboard
mistrust issues. Without yet doing much detailed design work
, looks like I could fit a 9-1/2 foot blunt nose rigid dinghy on the foredeck without restricting access too much. A shallow V hull
with flat run might allow planing speeds. I could build it much cheaper than buying
a new inflatable. It doesn't solve my dislike of on-deck storage but neither does a small RIB
. It would free up the quarterberth for other storage.
I am still in the throes of trying to pick my least objectionable alternative. Any choices I may have overlooked? I know that RIBs are probably the most common choice, although most cruising boats currently are larger than mine, I seem to be in that awkward in-between size where boats a bit smaller must abandon hopes of a planing dink and not much bigger makes storage much easier.