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newbie looking for dingy advice

I recently purchased a tartan 30 and would like to look for a used dingy to have onboard. I am totally new to dingy's and am looking for advice on what type of dingy to get, how big, etc... I am hoping I can find something in the $1500 range.
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Abe,

Tough question -- I think a lot will depend on your answers to some of the following questions:

- How many people and/or amount of stuff will you be habitually hauling?
- Powered or oars only?
- Cruising area: going to remain on the Great Lakes or are you heading south?
- Where's it gonna live when it's not in the water? (Foredeck; davits; stowed below; etc)
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Really just day sailing in lake st clair for the most part. Just was thinking it would be cool to have a dinghy to hop on and do a little putzing aroung when I dont want to take out the big girl. Really no actual need for one, just figured it would be cool to cruise up and down the river and into some marinas to check out the scene. I was looking at a 8' inflatable with a 4 horse evenrude for $450 that I hate to pass up but I dont know how reasonable it is to have/store and have good acess to so it is not a pain in the ass everytime I want hop on and take a cruise. I pull in bow forward so I would need a way to store the dinghy on the transom or on board but still have it realitivly easy to take out and about. I will want one to tow to the north channel someday but for now I m looking in to some fun on the lake and river. Are they fairly light? Is it reasonable to deflate everytime? I would probably take it out 3-4 times a week but no room next to my boat or in front.
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

If you have a big cockpit locker a rollup dink will fit in it.

A little 2 hp eggbeater OB will stay on a plywood plate on the pushpit or if you have a really big locker in there although those with sensitive noses may detect petrol smells form the engine in the locker.

Another and possibly better alternative if you are looking for something to play in rather than an every day workhorse to transport you and groceries out to a boat at anchor is an inflateable kayak/canoe something like this

Sea Eagle 330 Inflatable Kayak $320 from Cabelas.

Do not buy an inflateable dink to row around in.
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Check out the porta-bote. They fold up and can be stored against the stanchions.
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Just have one locally for sale 8' with 4 horse evenrude. for $450. Its an inflateable but not sure what kind. Are they easy enough to inflate/deflate?
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Inflating and deflating dinghies is a real PITA for weekend sailing I think, not to mention it seems to do more damage then good to things like rub rails.

If you do get one, get the inflatable or slat floor so you could stow it below unless one would fit on your fore deck?

Having to deal with gas for the engine is the thing I dislike the most about having a dingy, if you don't want to go fast consider and electric motor or possibly one of these new propane engines by Lehr or the like (seems the jury is still out of the Lehr is a good choice or not). The small outboards like the Honda 2 hp has a lot of good qualities, light, internal tank, simple, but it isn't quiet!

The kayak is great thought too, but again inflating and deflating Maybe a small kayak that can be stowed along your lifeline?
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Yea, I could do a small kayak no problem but I aint into paddling. Just saw this and did not want to pass it up. But I may anyway. I would probably want to go out on it 3-4 times a week and with limited time it sounds like a pain in the ass.

4 hp Evinrude Dingy thought it looked like a good deal.
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Here you go:
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Re: newbie looking for dingy advice

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!
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