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post #4 of Old 08-03-2004
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Hard Dinghys out there?

My advice is to do the hard dingy. I''ve cruised with inflatables and they aren''t durable enough to withstand poking from fish fins and other fun stuff you do while cruising. Get one with hard chines instead of a peapod (rounded) shaped hull. Hard chines give more initial stability and are better for on/off loading without being too tippy. Get one that has a little stern rocker so it tows well when doing short hops in smooth water. Plumb bows with deep forefoots won''t tow as well as others. I''ve used the molded plastic types and like them for lightness but they aren''t as durable as fiberglass. If you can find anything similar to an old Dyer 10 grab it. If you are looking for a larger boat then throw what I said out the door and find a 12'' aluminum boat from Sears.
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