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acceptable or unaceptable digny??

Hi all, I have a bit of a delema, I have a Cal 34 and not a tone of experience, I am looking for a digny and would have liked to get something my son and I could sail around, I seen a Paceship Peregrin for sale in the area and was wondering if it would be too big to use as a digny on longer trips,
the peregrine is 15.58 feet LOA
60" beem
450 pounds with a 3 1/2 feet draft when the board is down.

Would this be too big for a digny??

Input please.

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If you intend that the main purpose for the dinghy would be as a tender to your Cal 34, then the Peregrin is too large, IMO. Though often towed, a tender should be able to be stored on deck, usually on the foredeck.

For a sailing tender, you might consider Trinka, Fatty Knees, Boatex, Walker Bay in a size that fits your foredeck.

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Hauling a 15', 450 pound dink aboard doesn't sound like fun.
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Too much. Get a Walker Bay, Boatex or even a Portabote with the sail kit. You want a tender that can sail, but what you are describing is a sailboat you want to use as a tender. 15 feet is like a gig or a jollyboat on a Napoleonic-era warship.

Or consider a Tinker: http://www.tinker.co.uk/
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Definitely too big. Don't do it.

In addition to the others listed above, consider the DYER 8' Midget or the 9' Dhow. I prefer these designs for their stability and the simplicity of the sail rig. New examples aren't cheap, but their are plenty of used out there (they've been building them for 50+ years).

Also, consider building your own. It's a fun family project. Two I'm familiar with are the Eastport Pram and the Passagemaker Dinghy, both by Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis. The Eastport is the simpler/smaller of the two and would make a great sail trainer.
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Definitely too big. Don't do it.

In addition to the others listed above, consider the DYER 8' Midget or the 9' Dhow. I prefer these designs for their stability and the simplicity of the sail rig. New examples aren't cheap, but their are plenty of used out there (they've been building them for 50+ years).

Also, consider building your own. It's a fun family project. Two I'm familiar with are the Eastport Pram and the Passagemaker Dinghy, both by Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis. The Eastport is the simpler/smaller of the two and would make a great sail trainer.
Didn't I read your write up somewhere not to long ago about the Pram?
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Yes, we built the Passagemaker Dinghy sailing pram. I have mentiond that here on Sailnet previously, so that may be what you recall. Also, I have a little sidebar to an article on kitboats in the current issue of Boatworks.
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While having a sailing dinghy is a nice luxury... having a dinghy that you can take with you safely and use with your boat on your travels is a bit more important. I wouldn't go with anything much longer than 9' on a 34' boat. Stowing the boat will become a problem if the dinghy is too large.
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acceptable or unaceptable digny

Thanks all for the input, I will not be bying the paceship peregrin, will look for one of the alternatives.

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Yes, we built the Passagemaker Dinghy sailing pram. I have mentiond that here on Sailnet previously, so that may be what you recall. Also, I have a little sidebar to an article on kitboats in the current issue of Boatworks.
That's it, I read it in Boatworks. I want to build a D4, but need some space for the build (I rent). I think the D4 would be good for me because it's small enough to fit on the deck of my Orion, and that is hard to find in a hard dingy.
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