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Re: Hard vs Soft

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
Hard dinghies
easier to row
less expensive
do not deflate

harder to stow
can bang against hull

Inflatables (RIB)
can be easier to stow
do not bang against hull

harder to row
difficult to repair
Nice summary.. and I agree.. have had both, liked the row-ability of a hard dinghy, and their oyster/rock/barnacle proof nature. Didn't like the hassle of fending them off alongside overnight, though eventually found that pipe insulation along the gunwales worked well...

Have sliced an inflatable open on an oyster shell.. not fun and rather inconvenient, but carrying capacity and quiet wins out IMO, esp if you're doing a lot of ferrying ashore. Small motor is pretty much a necessity, though.

We use a small roll up inflatible with 3 hp engine when we have guests, otherwise mainly use a couple of plastic kayaks.


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