Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ashland Ma
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Lots of food , er PVC, for thought here. We have an 8' ? Achilles with a 3 section wood floor and a 24 Vivacity. We have discovered if you leave it in the water by the dock it grows things on it (barnacles, slime and other crud). Use of a grinder will remove the barnacles (and plastic), and it gets full of water (great for the wood floor). Its heavy and a tough fit on the bow (can't sail with it). Its a drag to tow (and V24 is slow to begin with), but that's what we've done for weekends.
SO... my lady just had a great fun experience sailing a Laser Pico (Caribbean business trip) which has rekindled the idea of a sailing dinghy that works with oars back and forth from shore or dock for 4 people, and is fun to sail with 2 people. I imagine a hard bottom can be much less drag too. Any suggestions? Building one is not out of the question. Buying a new one is.
I am also thinking about kayaks but have no swim platform. Beam is 8-ft so I can' really have anything longer on davits. But maybe that's the way to go with the Achilles.
Vivacity 24 twin keel
Johnson O/B 9.9