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You don't say what size boat you have. Unless you're on a relative large sailboat, stowing it isn't even an option. That makes your option for "keeping" the dinghy much less likely. A 12' fishing boat is probably twice the size of an 8' walker bay rigid dinghy in terms of actual deck space it would take up.
I would think that a 12' fishing boat, being towed by your sailboat would create a lot of drag and hinder your ability to sail. Personally, I'm out there to sail...and I think that towing that would force you to motor a lot more than you would need to with an inflatable dinghy. What is the point of being out there if you have to motor everywhere... The winds on the Chesapeake are fairly light and fluky IIRC... so the additional drag is going to affect where you can go, how you get there and how long it takes.
Also, the amount of damage a 12' hard fishing boat could do to your sailboat in heavy weather is another thing to consider
Also, as sailortjk1 points out...what happens when it gets swamped. If you were sailing and it got swamped—would it rip the cleat it was tied to out of the deck or damage it??
Also, I think it would look a bit strange... especially if you have a smaller sailboat. If you have a larger sailboat, you can probably afford to spring for a real dinghy..
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Last edited by sailingdog; 03-21-2007 at 08:43 AM.