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dinghy advice sought

hello !

it has been a long time since i have sailed. i am thinking of getting a 10' dinghy. thoughts ?

also, do you have to register it with any kind of motor (florida) at all ?
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Thoughts...
1. Florida Requires registration with motor.
2. Hard,Inflatable,Folding,RIB, Sailing,AirFloor etc. are all choices depending on HOW you will be using the dink and your budget and what kind of boat you will be sailing on. You've given insufficient information for anyone to make a recommendation.
3. Do a search on "dinghy" here...you'll find lots of opinions.
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Dinghies

Are you talking about a "dinghy" as in essentially a rowed yacht tender to get to your larger sailboat (which Cam apparently had in mind)? Or "dinghy" as in small, open sailboat for daysailing?

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A Walker Bay could serve as a yacht tender and a sailing dinghy. It could also be rowed.
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With a post count of 1 (when the OP posted) and the name "dinghyfan" and the statement that he hasn't sailed in 10 years and is thinking of getting a dinghy, I would say he (she?) means a sailing dinghy, not a tender (though a tender could work, it probably wouldn't be optimal). One thing I would suggest is that if you see this as a stepping stone to bigger boats, get something that is sloop rigged (2 sails). Most dinghies intended for sailing well in that size will only take a small motor if it takes one at all, but a yacht tender would take a decent motor.
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I did a little sailing as a youngster. When I decided to get seriously into sailing I started off thinking the same way and somewhat stupidly went out and bought a similar skiff to the one I'd sailed in my early teens. Interestingly enough I found it a tad cramped !!
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Hey, it's another dinghy thread!!!

Are you looking to get a sailing dinghy or a dighy for use as a tender to a sailboat. If the latter, the it would help if you said what the sailboat in question is.

A 10' dinghy might not really be appropriate for a Cape Dory 25, and a bit small for a Gunboat 62.
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