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I'm looking for a dingy to buy this year. What is the difference/advantages of all the choices, RIB, air floor, wood floor, aluminum floor.

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I have a 8' rollup with a vinyl cover wood floor, I have it for boat to boat and boat to shore or just to putt around with it's 3.5hp motor

Advantage is it's simple uncomplicated and easy to store or inflat. There is no real disadvantage cause it does what it is meant to do

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Depends on what you expect to do with it.. if it's going to spend a lot of time alongside overnight, it's hard to beat an inflatable (RIB or floored) for quiet, easy on the topsides, etc. If you plan to land on a lot of barnacled/oyster beaches, then an inflatable is going to be less than ideal.

If you expect to put the dinghy away on board then a RIB is not for you. The roll-ups work best here but they are not the best for trying to get on a plane if you're going to be doing long trips on it.

If you're just going to stow the dinghy off season, then the sectional floored boats with inflatable keels will give you better performance under power and they can still be broken down to a manageable package for stowage.

I think the RIBs are the best combo, but they don't stow real well and are quite pricey to boot...

Hard dinghies row better, but are more difficult to stow and secure overnight.

As you can see, it really depends........

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We had a roll up inflatable with a aluminum floor boards. It was reasonably light, it could move a lot of cargo and people and it was stable. It was delicate around shore and it rowed terribly.

We replaced that dinghy last year. We considered an RIB. The weight went up, it would have required a larger outboard to get around in and we probably would have had to install davits. Things started to add up for a boat that still didn't row well and could still pop if you hit one of the tubes with something sharp.

We ended up going with a Portabote. It was lighter than the RIB, it rows decent, it's tough as nails, it's pretty stable with positive floatation and the interior space is better. We're getting by with a smaller outboard to push it around and we don't need davits. It's ugly and it doesn't tow well. We're still five years away from our shove off date, but we're happy with our choice for local waters. We'll re-evaluate our need for an RIB when it's time to leave, but I think we'll do fine with the portabote.

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then the sectional floored boats with inflatable keels will give you better performance under power and they can still be broken down to a manageable package for stowage.
This is ours, not to bad for what we want to do

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I went from an inflatable keel to a rib. the rib is a much better boat...IF you can manage all the other issues mentioned earlier. My boat came with davits and I have just enough room on the fordeck to stow it if I go offshore. So it really depends on whether you can manage all the issues of a big heavy rib
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I've been thinking about what kind of dinghy/tender to bring along when doing weekend trips, and have been looking closely at either the portabote for its compactness or one of those tunnel hulled inflatables. I'm thinking they might create less drag when you're towing them.. That and it's probably the closest i'll ever get to owning a catamaran...
Anyone out there back me up on this?
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Like everybody says, it depends on how you intend on using it. A lot of the choice is a tradeoff between stability and performance on one hand and stowability on the other. The article Sail Magazine 2008 Buyers Guide: Dinghy Choices does a pretty good job of listing the pros and cons of each type. We have the inflatable floor type and it works good for us. We don't use an outboard on it but we could. We just use the "Izzy Wizzy" to row our dog ashore to do her business, hense its name. It actually handles quite well with oars

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Basically it depends on what your budget is and what your needs are. RIBs, with the rigid hull, are going to give the best performance, but require the most space to stow. High-pressure air floored models are going to give better performance than roll-up models with about the same storage requirements, but cost significantly more.

You can also get a hard dinghy, which is harder to stow, but often less expensive and more durable—which is good if the area you're in has rocky coastlines... Some hard dinghies, like the NN10, come apart and nest, which make them easier to stow, but are more expensive. Hard dinghies also are generally easier to row than inflatables.

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