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

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My favourite dingy (I have a few) is a tad under 2mts long, can hold 4 adults easily, can do 5kts with a 2hp outboard, rows like a dream, can be towed at 14kts but much faster and it does become a kite, is one hand to lift in weight and as yet is unbeaten in any race. It never comes aboard, we have no where to put it.

 

 

 

Magical unicorn dinghy pictures please or it resides only in your fertile imagination ;)

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

When I enquired about fixing the bubbles on a 3 or 4 year old boat I was told that getting glue to stick is harder when its raw ali. That makes sense.

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Yes Steve, true, but that natural barrier is what makes later additions (welding - gluing in this case) more difficult. The thinner the sheet, the harder to do anything to it after prolonged exposure to the marine environment. 

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Yes Steve, true, but that natural barrier is what makes later additions (welding - gluing in this case) more difficult. The thinner the sheet, the harder to do anything to it after prolonged exposure to the marine environment. 

 

I had the same thought as Steve but this makes sense.

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Still using my nutshell pram, ply glassed, it has to tow in all conditions carry the whole crew and sail around the bay for social visits as well, was amused this year to hear a youngster exclaim as I approached the dinghy dock off Lidgard house -hey look at that rowing a wooden boat -old school ! 

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Still using my nutshell pram, ply glassed, it has to tow in all conditions carry the whole crew and sail around the bay for social visits as well, was amused this year to hear a youngster exclaim as I approached the dinghy dock off Lidgard house -hey look at that rowing a wooden boat -old school ! 

That is the sort of dinghy I'm thinking about.

What length is yours, and do you know the weight?

The key question for me, how tippy is it when stepping in from the boat? And for people (kids and mums) moving around to sit down after stepping in?

 

The skylark 8 ft indicates a weight of 27 kg, which sounds good, the 9 and 10 ft versions are 36 kg. Load carrying sounds good, 2 adults 3 kids in sheltered water.

I built the 4 ft version for the kids, very pleased with it. I would post photos but its too damn complicated.

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Skylarkup13.htm

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alloy doesn't need paint for protection, it forms a natural barrier. Paint is for agesthetic reasons only.

That's what I thought ,Steve. But it's the glue to raw alloy joint which is causing me problems. I would not recommend AB to anyone. One of my bad buying decisions.

These weights being quoted are a bit scary. If you're going to have something in the plus 50 kg area you might as well have a big Ole glass delta or something. A dinghy needs to be in the 35kg thereabouts band to be comfortably throwing it on deck without popping a foo foo valve or pranging up the topsides.

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