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24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

Have a 24 foot sailboat. Want to do some overnights and weekends. Interested in recommendations for dinghies - I am imagining inflatable, small enough to stow uninflated and tow when inflated and sailing away from marina. When anchoring out or on mooring buoy I don't plan to be very far from shore. Don't want to have an outboard on the dinghy.

Anyone use inflatable kayak?

I'm in the Puget Sound area (cold water year round).
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Have a 24 foot sailboat. Want to do some overnights and weekends. Interested in recommendations for dinghies - I am imagining inflatable, small enough to stow uninflated and tow when inflated and sailing away from marina. When anchoring out or on mooring buoy I don't plan to be very far from shore. Don't want to have an outboard on the dinghy.

Anyone use inflatable kayak?

I'm in the Puget Sound area (cold water year round).
I use an Achilles LT-4 as a tender for my 27' boat (the LT-2 might be a better fit for a 24' boat). It just fits on the fore deck if I want to leave it inflated for a weekend cruise. Deflated and in its bag it's not much larger than a stowed 150% genoa. I don't have an outboard for it; just row it.

Those inflatable kayaks look pretty nice too. I've seen several folks using them around Catalina Isld. as tenders.
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

I have a 20 foot sailboat and use a 2 man kayak as a tender. Most of the time I tow it behind me, with the cockpit cover on. Works great, is fast, allows me to explore the area, and bring guests on board.
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

I had an 8ft Zodiac with a slat floor, stowed in a lazarette when not needed. Swine to row but good carrying capacity and very stable.
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

I am going to try an inflatable two person kayak. My assumption is that it will row better than an inflatable dinghy. I think it is important to be able to store the dinghy onboard for rough passages. Thus, for us small boat owners, that means inflatable. At home, my choice is a hard wood dinghy to get to the mooring.
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

inflatable stand up paddle bord ?? thats what i am thinking for myself because it would be quicker to dry when you put it away ..
but they are still big and heavy especialy if you need 2
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

I sail a 24 footer on the Lk MI. I have an inflatable Innova Swing Double kayak which packs into a Kelty Duffel bag with a foot pump and four-piece paddles.

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I also have an eight foot hard dinghy that came with my sailboat. I don't like to tow anything while sailing. I've not used the kayak as a tender, but I think it would be difficult to get into from the deck. For safety and ease of entry in an anchorage I'll continue to use the dinghy.
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

A 7-8 ft slat floor rollup would be my choice. Maximum flexibility - tow if conditions are OK, on foredeck if that's better, and rolled and stowed below if that's best...

It's only a 5-10 minute job to inflate it and launch it, less time to stow it.
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

I used a Zodiac Zoom 230 when I had my Catalina 25. It could roll up pretty small and fit under the dinette table or in the quarterberth. It's pretty terrible for rowing, but that is a reasonable compromise.

An inflatable kayak is a pretty good solution if it is for one person and without carrying gear.
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Re: 24' sailboat dinghy suggestions?

I've been using a Sea Eagle 2 person inflatable kayak for all the reasons above. But I tend to take larger groups out on the boat so that doesn't work (unless I want to paddle them to shore one at a time!). I recently bought a 7.5' Endevour inflatable dinghy and a little Tanaka 1.2 HP motor. The dinghy's rated at over 800 pounds, and the motor weighs nothing and fits anywhere.
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