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montenido 06-15-2012 01:00 AM

back up dinghy?
Hi all,

The boat I just bought came with an Avon roll away dinghy. Not a bad dinghy, but I already have a RIB.
Do any of you cruisers carry a second or Back up dinghy? If not, I'll probably sell it.

Thanks, Bill

yourtruenorth1 06-15-2012 01:46 AM

Re: back up dinghy?
Hey there,

I'm the other CSY in Channel Islands Harbor, and I wanted to congratulate you on your purchase, you bought an awesome boat that will carry you anywhere.
There is a swap meet the 23rd in Peninsula marina parking lot if you want to sell roll up dinghy. We just carry a RIB Achilles on davits off arch for islands here, and goes on foredeck if we're heading further. We're sailing out tomorrow till Monday, but stop by next week if you can and we can talk boats.

Rigger Kim has my contact info.


Minnewaska 06-15-2012 06:07 AM

Re: back up dinghy?
I have spares of lots of things like pumps, belts, hoses and thousands of stainless steal pieces/parts. No backup dinghy. That's pretty luxurious.

I would sell it, if for no other reason, to get the storage space back.

Frogwatch 06-18-2012 01:43 AM

Re: back up dinghy?
A backup dinghy? It's technically known as "Swimming".

SimonV 06-18-2012 07:03 AM

Re: back up dinghy?
No NO NO do not sell the back up dinghy. If you end up cruising you will thank the day you kept it. His and her dinghy's are marriage savers. Just include a little 2hp outboard. Also having a dinghy tied to the back of the boat while you use the other on day trips away from the boat is good security as it looks as if someone is aboard.

Stumble 06-18-2012 03:04 PM

Re: back up dinghy?
We carried one dinghy, and a sea kayak, plus a wind surfer. More than once the kayak was used to take someone to shore but I wouldn't really consider a second dinghy. They just take up too much space.

svjustus 06-23-2012 10:12 AM

Re: back up dinghy?
I agree with SimonV- having two dinghys is great!! We have a roll up with a 3.3 hp motor & a RIB with a 15 hp motor!! Great for when we want to do our own thing!! It gets a little claustiphobic to be with ANYONE 24/7!!
PS- Congrats on your new boat!!

Faster 06-23-2012 11:11 AM

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I can see the utility of having two dinghies as described above.. add a few kids into the mix and it makes more sense still. If you have the space to keep the stowed roll-up why not? Eventually a small kicker for it will be even better, and it can be a backup to the RIBs power. If you're off on an errand with the RIB, anyone left behind isn't necessarily boat (or beach) bound while you're away. Swimming may not always be an option.

We carry a 7.5' rollup (with a 3.5 o/b) essentially as a 'backup' to our two kayaks. The dinghy comes out of the bag mostly only if we have guests.

ebs001 06-23-2012 05:20 PM

Re: back up dinghy?
I lost my dinghy in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. It's a terrible sinking feeling that you get reaklizing you have no local transportation. Luckily we found ours soon after we discovered it was lost but it truly would have been a great relief if we had a back up. I agree with others who suggest you keep it.

St Anna 06-24-2012 06:22 PM

Re: back up dinghy?
I like what Simon said.
I have a kayak as the 2nd. Also did have a malibu, but was recently sold

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