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What to look for in an inflatable dinghy as a yacht tender?

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Sorry cj justvsaw you pm me but need a computer to read it. See above.i have no real idea what it is worth

 

That's ok, I originally posted a reply to you yesterday in the thread and then thought I'd PM you instead so I deleted the post.  Length is my initial issue, I'm now thinking 2.8m might be my max to keep it workable so knowing if yours will fit would be a good start.

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How heavy is too heavy? I've also come across a Hypalon/fibreglass RIB which I think might be around 60kg which is getting up there in weight I think. I like the idea of Hypalon but not so sure on the fibreglass.

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The trend is for bigger and bigger tubes and wider boats, so the challenge for a yachty is to find a boat that is narrow enough to go on deck without blocking vision and letting you get around it. I bought an AB RIB a few years ago because of that, 1500 wide from memory, and I strongly suggested that my friend who had an old 1400 wide RIB retubed for the same reason.. Unfortunately my AB is raw ali . I thought that would be better than painted because of all the bubbling powercoat you see, but it isn't, I wouldn't recommend one of those.

 

Curious as to why you think the raw alloy hull is not better than a painted one?

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Anyone using plywood dinghies?

I've got a hypalon deflatable that is nearing the end of its life, so am interested in this thread / options to upgrade.

 

Its very easy to build a dinghy to almost any size or shape in stitch and glue, plywood. Substantially cheaper than buying an inflatable, I estimate about 100 hrs labour, depending on how fussy you are with the finish / painting. I recently built a 4 ft pram for my kids. Very light. surprisingly stable in a small chop. 

The nesting options give much more flexibility for stowing on the foredeck of a 9.5 m.

 

I'm mainly interested in peoples thoughts of that option, as we've always had a deflatable, and everyone only ever seems to consider delfatable options around soft floor / rib etc etc. But I don't hear any opinions on hard / plywood dinghies.

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I have an Aquapro 1001 (3.1m) that I no longer need. Great dinghy but I cant take it with me to Europe.

Its in pretty good condition, no airleaks or anything. Probably a bit big for you to put on the fordeck, it was even a bit to big for the fordeck on the Sun Fast 3600. We towed it everywhere and only chucked it on the fordeck for the long or roughweather trips. Weighs 55kg but is easy to get up the beach with wheels even with a 5hp yamaha (which I also have available) on the back.

 

$750 ono

 

 

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I have an Aquapro 1001 (3.1m) that I no longer need. Great dinghy but I cant take it with me to Europe.

Its in pretty good condition, no airleaks or anything. Probably a bit big for you to put on the fordeck, it was even a bit to big for the fordeck on the Sun Fast 3600. We towed it everywhere and only chucked it on the fordeck for the long or roughweather trips. Weighs 55kg but is easy to get up the beach with wheels even with a 5hp yamaha (which I also have available) on the back.

 

$750 ono

 

Tempting but I'd probably need to deflate it to stow on the foredeck which would be for longer passages and rough weather like yourself. How wide is it and how far do the pontoons extend past the transom?

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