Originally Posted by JohnRPollard
I thought it was called the "Redcrest", but I could be mistaken.
The Redcrest is the 9' version of Avon's dinghy, the 8' version is called the Redstart.
We do have a hard/rigid rowing dinghy now (Sandpiper 8), but it's small and very tippy. It does tow easily and the girls enjoy paddling it around in the marina. I was just think of getting something a bit more stable for our cruise, but still small and light enough to throw on deck or stow below when crossing Lake Michigan (~50-60 miles).
My parents have a "spare" 10' Zodiac RIB we can borrow for the cruise, but I don't think it will be easy to lift or stow on deck, if it even fits. It's also 2 times the weight of our Sandpiper and even more so than a Redstart (41lbs). Like I mentioned, I think we'll be towing most of the time, but I'd like the option of storing on deck or below for crossings.
Hmmm. More to ponder! Thanks, as always, for the input!