Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central New Jersey, sailing on the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay mostly.
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Re: What do other folks use?
Like everything else any dink will be a compromise. I have a walker bay 8.8, relatively inexpensive, light, fine. For one for 1 plus gear, zero maintenance, cons flexes a bit, tippy, no fun and harder to row with 2 plus not much gear.
I'd like an inflateable with motor, but heavier, a lot more $$, a lot more maintenance, harder to row. My final decision was to keep the walker bay and move toa marina with launch service! Your decision will depend on what you need, what you want, how much you are willing to spend, how much you want to lift etc etc.
Good luck. As an aside in my experience, used dinks and outboards are plentiful when you don't need them. As soon as you start looking for one the used market disappears. The day after you take delivery, some one will offer it for free. That is why sailors become stoics.