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View Poll Results: What Type of Dinghy / Tender do you use?
Rigid Wood 18 5.14%
Rigid Plastic (Fibreglass, PVC, etc) 82 23.43%
Inflatable 106 30.29%
Rigid Inflatable (RIB) 139 39.71%
Other ... 19 5.43%
Rowed 58 16.57%
Sailed 26 7.43%
Outboard Powered 125 35.71%
Combination powered (specify in text) 15 4.29%
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Old 31-07-2009, 18:22   #106
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I have an old Avon 9 ft soft bottom dinghy...Leaks. I put tire valve stems and valves in over the factory valves. then Siliconed them in. on the way to the boat we stop for a little air to firm things up, and it usually stays firm for a week or two. It has a transum frame that slides in to hold an outboard, but rowing is my destiny... I purchased two small outboards on Ebay but they didn't run. I'm sick of getting ripped off. So I'm rowing this year. I'm moored close to shore anyway.
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Old 31-07-2009, 23:01   #107
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Walker Bay with external flotation and RIB.

The Walker Bay is my sailing toy, but I have an engine for it as well.

The RIB will be replacing the inflatable that I have already sold.

I like have 2 dinks, and each one has it's own puropose and each can of course do cross over jobs. One important thing to me is the ability of a dink to act as tug.

I carry both on a 36 ft sloop. Sailing dink is usually carried on the stern, My boarding ladder double as davit and stern arch does the lifting.
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Old 04-08-2009, 22:03   #108
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Aqua Pro 1101 11' RIB with aluminum hull. Yamaha 25 stroke. Very light weight boat that can plane out lots of passengers. Top speed around 24 knots with two persons. Cruise is 14 knots with throttle barely above "start" position.

Design rides with bow down and thus limits top speed. Regardless of engine trim bow rides down at higher speeds... prefer designs that keep bow up higher to minimize spray. Pretty wet ride due to bow down trim.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:08   #109
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10 ft porta boat here used to have an 8 foot porta boat. needed more room both are great tenders
lived on my pearson 35 for 7 yrs,I now have a nebe cape 28,great pocket cruiser. Can be seen on youtube.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:26   #110
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We currently have a 3.41 Avon with a 25 Yamaha. We'll probably bump up to a 4.3 Aqua pro or something similar. I figure it's our truck, tow vehicle, mini van......
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Old 14-08-2009, 21:27   #111
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My wife and I found the NiccollsLite NN10 nesting dinghy on the internet in early 2008. While looking for a cruising sailboat later in April '08 we visited Barry Niccolls at his shop in Delta, BC and decided to buy one as it was the ideal size to mount forward of the mast on the 37ft cutter we were searching for. We purchased the 37ft this Feb in Mexico and ordered the dinghy the same week.

The NN10 is 10'2" overall when the two pieces are joined. The fore and aft section float independently so they can be put overboard one piece at a time before getting into the aft section and then connecting the bow. Max capacity is 600lbs and the nested dimensions are 5'8" long, 53" wide, 20" high and total weight assembled is advertised as 95lbs (aft 58lbs, bow 37lbs; haven't weighed ours yet

The aluminum mast is in 3 sections totalling 16.5ft. The boom is the longest for stowing at 84". With main and jib it balances and sails quite smartly. It rows and tows easily and can be powered by a 2-3hp OB.

The designer/builder, Barry Niccolls, is retiring but there is good news for anyone looking for a great dinghy. We are so impressed that we just bought the business and have started production of the NN10-III. As a previous poster asked, please forgive me for sounding like an advert.
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Old 15-08-2009, 16:22   #112
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Can you give us some more info re the NN10-III , perhaps you could PM me.
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Old 15-08-2009, 17:33   #113
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We bought an 11' AquaPro with a 15 hp Honda about 8 years ago. I've never been very happy with it. The Avon that it replaced would hold air for weeks at a time but the AquaPro needs pumping up every few days. Also, it gets 'squirrelly' when planing at high speeds - makes it difficult to control. When we're underway, it lives on our davits and weighing in at 220 for both the dink and outboard makes it easy to raise and lower. The Honda outboard has been outstanding, starting easily and requiring zero repairs. When we're cruising, we use our dinghy pretty hard.

I recently looked into the Portland Pudgy Portland Pudgy multifunction dinghy -- the fun boat that could save your life! as it has many unique features, the most impressive of which IMO is that fact that it's US Coast Guard-certified as a life raft. The reason I lost interest in it is the maximum horsepower it's capable of carrying is four. It's not that I'm a speed demon but if I ever need to use my dinghy as a yaw boat, four horsepower isn't going to cut it. Other than that, though, I thought it was worth some serious consideration.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:17   #114
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Old 05-03-2010, 19:31   #115
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We have inflatable, but I would prefer a hard, sailing / rowing one. The inflatable as a back up fine, but too easy to puncture.

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Old 05-03-2010, 19:40   #116
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Arghh, and I do dig ribs - but why are they so freaking heavy?

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Old 05-03-2010, 20:21   #117
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I made some design input to wavedancer designs. I wanted a 4 meter long nesting dinghy that would row, sail and plane. It also has a two piece mast that will convert into volleyball net posts. He liked my ideas and is designing one to put in his stock designs. In the next few weeks he will send me plans so that I can build a 36" mock up out of cardboard and then I'll build the full stitch and glue boat. Here is a link to the desingers home page Wave Dancer Yacht Design - wholesale plan sales and here is a link to his ideas so far. Picasa Web Albums - mckenzie.charlie - Drop Box
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:09   #118
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Sorry I cant remember where I put it but we expalined why we use an inflatable dinghy with airfloor towed behind at all times. We tow the dinghy as we regard it as our first port of call in an emergency.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:56   #119
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I made a small bug nose[bolger design,stich and glue,3 pieces of marine ply]rowing dingy-and have towed it . I keep it on a bridle and its painter is [polypropoline] as it floats,away from props. It follows well even in some heavy weather- I do bring it aboard off shore but most of the time it~ simply follows me wherever I go.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:28   #120
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8 foot porta-bote and it rows very well. I blow past people rowing those rubber dinghies as if they were standing still. Almost knocked em down with my wake! ;-). Also I drag mine up concrete ramps, and slide into barnacles with no worries.

I addressed the ugliness factor by painting the inside with bright blue paint and will paint the hull with images of peace signs, fishes and birds etc.
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