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Re: Zodiac vs tri-hull for dinghy
My boat is on a mooring and I use a dingy to row out to her. Over the years I have had a number of dinks:
First one was an old Sumner 8' fiberglass boat that someone was throwing away. One gunnel was rotted. I fixed it up (poorly) and used it for a year. It rowed well and was easy to drag up and down the beach but was unstable and could not hold much.
Second boat was an old Water tender, not the tri hull. It was plastic, so it was light and easy to drag. It held a decent amount of gear and rowed well. It was more stable than the first boat but not very stable, especially in the bow.
Eventually the water tender wore out from being dragged up and down. Last year I replaced it with a new Watertender 9.4 tri hull. This one, as mentioned above, is very stable. I haven't used an inflatable, but the tri hull does make the boat stable and you can stand almost anywhere and not feel like it's going to tip. It is pretty light and easy to move. I don't think it rowed well because of the tri hull. It certainly does not row as well as the older style boat or a Walker Bay.
This spring my watertender was stolen. I replaced it with a used Walker Bay 10. The 10' WB is just about as stable as the Watertender 9.4 and rows better. The WB 10 is wide and that definitely helps. Mine came with the inflatable tube around the hull but I removed it because I have to store the boat on it's side. The downside the WB10 is that it is very heavy. Mine had a sail kit at one time, so there is a floor, centerboard trunk, mast mount and some other stuff too. I thought that since it was plastic it would be light but it isn't. The damn thing almost kills me when I get to the beach at low tide and have to drag it up the beach to the rack. I'm trying to think of a dolly that would work in soft sand but I haven't built one yet.
Hope this helps.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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