Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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We live aboard full time in the USVI with 2 kids. We went with a Caribe C-12 and Yam 15 and love it. It is the family car. But, when we are cruising, it is a toss up... it sure is nice for diving, fast runs to offshore cays, etc. But dealing with it for sailing is a chore. Twice we have not hauled it and then watched in horror as we towed it in too big of seas.
Hauling to the bow and flipping could wreck a marriage. Last haul we placed it on 4 fenders top up and it worked great! Viability was not an issue and the tubes were wide enough to straddle the granny bars at the mast and that gave us enough room to get to the anchor locker. This is on a Beneteau 440.
Now I am looking for a small, light, cheap rowing/sailing dink for the kids that will hang in the davits which can not handle the C-12.
So, no right answers, just many ways to do the same thing.