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post #15 of Old 11-17-2012
killarney_sailor
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Re: Recommend a Dinghy for Cruising Caribbean

You did not say whether you intend to have vane steering or not. It is very difficult (not impossible, I have seen two boats with it) to have both a vane and davits. If you have a vane then a RIB becomes highly problematic. Because of this we bought a Walker Bay inflatable bottom dinghy. The concept of an air floor is fine since it is light and can be partly or completely rolled up for passages - the Walker Bay has been crap and I would suggest you look at other brands. When we get back I think I will build a nesting dinghy that I can sail or row or use a little outboard for. I have no need to go really fast in a dinghy. I just want a comfortable, safe, dry ride.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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