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Love the lawn chair...Classic!!!

I don't have any pics but I just grabbed a sumner sailing dindhy for $100 (sans sailing rig of course)

I just wanted a tender to tow
A better look at the lawn chair; my wife did the painting.





Gratz on the low-cost find. I'll be looking for one to buy or build one myself in a couple of years; I'm getting ready to build a 28' riverboat from plans by Paul Riccelli, better known on boat forums as PAR.

If I build a dinghy instead of buying one, I'll probably wind up going with a pram to get a more burdensome boat for the length.

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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

This is a good thread.

I've been thinking about building a dinghy. This will be good for ideas.

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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

My friend Larry built this for me 20 years ago from a licensed mold. This is an AquaPod. The company is in Ridgefield Washington, and they're still making them. Very stable boat.



Might tow it behind the sailboat this year. $125.

Hmm, how do I shrink the photo? Sorry about that.
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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

I still need to get a picture of my inflatable, but here is the Albacore I picked up on Craigslist last fall for $100, including the trailer.





She still needs some TLC, but she's coming along nicely.

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It's a nutshell pram designed by Joel White. Plans from Wooden Boat. I built a mast, boom, gaff, rudder, centerboard, but can't find the pictures. I don't remember what the basic boat cost, but it wasn't much.





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Nice inlay work, sabre.

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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

You can just make it out in the background, doesn't tow well but it's very comfortable.


Back in the real world, I picked up a nice little Zodiac (WM branded but made in France by Zodiac) 2.6m for $300. I sail year-round, no time to mess around building something from scrap wood and sticky stuff
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You can just make it out in the background, doesn't tow well but it's very comfortable.


Back in the real world, I picked up a nice little Zodiac (WM branded but made in France by Zodiac) 2.6m for $300. I sail year-round, no time to mess around building something from scrap wood and sticky stuff
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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

My low buck dinghy is a boring Achillies LT-3+ inflatable. It was free with my sailboat. It's actually pretty nice, it rolls up small and is light. It's only meant for small outboards, but in return it fits more people than the more common Zodiac design with a transom pushed forward. However I prefer rigid dinghies.

The dinghy that I actually use is a Dyer Dhow Midget that doesn't qualify for this thread since I paid $600 for it. That got me a sailing kit, two sets of oars, and it's been pretty nicely rebuilt. So it's still pretty low buck and a lot less work than making one. It's fun to sail and rows very nicely. Here is a photo of me sailing it in light air:


Woodworking folks: I need to replace the skeg on my DD Midget. I have some left over Ipe from a decking project, is there any real problem with using this underwater?

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Re: Low-Buck Dinghies- Lets See 'em!

Damn, it has been so long since I've uploaded pictures to this site I no longer remember how. And, I cannot find the directions.

$399 for a dinghy doesn't seem like a noteworthy achievement as I have three for far less: a nice 8' "Dink" acquired for $150, a 9.4 Watertender for $200 with a title, and the latest project that I tried to post an image of - a 12' Pearson Petrel with rig that still requires much work but is solid, for a whopping $2.68 off ebay (it has oarlocks but at 140# I doubt anyone would want it for rowing).
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