Originally Posted by Vasco
For most Bahamas
cruisers dinks are your lifeline and a great part of the fun. Exploring for miles, going to far off reefs
, lugging water
drifts, group outings. That's why the vast majority of us have the largest RIB
we can deal with on the mothership and a hefty motor
, usually a 15 hp two stroke
I hear you Vasco, and I understand. All these things are great. You can go further, go faster, and probably do it all more comfortably than I. That's fine. But this is an endlessly scalable point. Some rich dude in a super yacht can go twice as far as you, twice as fast, using his 28' RIB
with a 60hp motor
. That's fine too.
The size of outboard
and dingy have tracked upward over time, just as the average size of yacht. It's a sign of growing affluence in Western societies. So in this I agree with Gord May (except to say that not all of us are "forced" into choosing small over large). Most sailors choose the biggest tender/engine they can reasonably handle, just like the chose the biggest yacht they can manage.
clearly shows, these are wants, not needs. People have been sailing to the Bahamas
in small boats for over 100 years now (and that's only considering "modern" times). Clearly most of them managed to get from mothership to shore, to provision, to explore, and probably even have some fun.
As I said, there is no right
answer. There is only the answer that is right for you