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Who makes the nesting dinghy?
A guy named Barry Niccolls out in British Columbia. Apparently, I am his first customer in Ontario. I expect delivery within 10 days or so. He builds them himself.

http://www.niccollslite.net/page1.html
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Portland Pudgy

Assuming I had the space for a proper dinghy, I would be very much drawn to the Portland Pudgy as it would serve as both dinghy and liferaft.

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We've had a 12.5' PortaBote for 9 seasons and have little but good to say about it. The only drawbacks are climbing in from the water and stowing the seats and transom.

The website is, in my opinion, conservative about its claims. porta-bote.com See the Practical Sailor review, in particular.

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We had a Zodiac and a custom hard dinghy on our 4 year cruise through the South Pacific. As a kid, I liked the latter, because it had a sailing rig and even a jib.

I used to race it in Fiji, in our weekly sailing race.
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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.

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I'd second the Porta-botes... since they store fairly compactly, and have the durability of a rigid dinghy. They also row fairly well, and plane with a fairly small outboard.

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We've had a 12.5' PortaBote for 9 seasons and have little but good to say about it. The only drawbacks are climbing in from the water and stowing the seats and transom.

The website is, in my opinion, conservative about its claims. porta-bote.com See the Practical Sailor review, in particular.

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A guy named Barry Niccolls out in British Columbia. Apparently, I am his first customer in Ontario. I expect delivery within 10 days or so. He builds them himself.

http://www.niccollslite.net/page1.html

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Yeah, I know. But I have neither the skills nor the time to make something with those attributes.

Today I'm going to unbolt my diesel prepatory to hauling it out for rehab. That's more my line.
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We also own both, A hard bottom inflatable (avon) and an 8 foot hard ding (nutshell).. The avon folds down to the size of a surf board and goes into a bag.. The nutshell sets bottom side up, over the top of the bag..and both fit well between the dogger and mast..
The hard ding gets more use, unless we go shopping... Saving up for a fatty knees...
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