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Re: Recommend a Dinghy for Cruising Caribbean

I wanted to go for a 4-stroke as well for the environment's sake but changed my mind quickly when I compared the weight of a 10HP 2-stroke and a 4-stroke in the store; since I'm alone and can easily lift up and carry the 2-stroke, even when the boat is rolling a bit, but wouldn't be able to do that with the same HP-rated 4-stroke. So I still mix oil and gasoline aboard...
If I could change dinghies I'd opt for an aluminum bottomed one, I've been in a couple and they are light and hardy, the only downside I see is that there is a lot less floor space due to the sloping sides.
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