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Got a really good deal at a swap meet this weekend.

Ive been looking for a small rowing dink for awhile now and haven't been able to find anything i liked. West Marine did a swap meet over the weekend and i found what i was after. Its a "The Dink" model from 1988 and in great shape. Came with stands to go on deck and a cover. Got a nice new set of 5' oars from West Marine for $28/ea. Little boat rows like a charm, but it did come with a nice surprise. After i already said i was buying they told me it comes with an outboard also. They didn't bring the motor since they couldn't get it started. The guy went and got it from his shop, turns out to be a nice little 2.5 Nissan 2stroke. It wouldn't since they didn't have the little clip for the kill switch. I got a clip and it runs fine, but the fuel tank leaks, new tank $30. Oh yea, the dink/motor/stands/ and cover were $425.



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Sure go ahead and throw some salt on our frozen wounds.

Looks like a great deal. I'll give you $450 for it????? BTW- I think those are ice stands.
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Ok, you asked for these pictures.

Not my boat, but a Bayfield 29 that was out sailing on Saturday afternoon.


And heres my little girl playing on the dock next to Lola.
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And you didn't even offer us cold folks a ride in the dink !
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Come down to Charleston and ill take ya for a sail.
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Nice score, especially with the motor thrown in to the bargain.

One suggestion: Is it too late to exchange those oars for some 6-footers? I think you may find in time that 5' oars are undersized for that dinghy. The basic rule of thumb is that the oars should be a minimum of 1.5 x the beam. A bit longer than 1.5 is preferable, especially for youngsters (yes, that sounds counter-intuitive, but kids actually have more difficulty with under-sized oars than adults because they cannot compensate for the insufficient length by lifting the inboard ends higher).

Just a suggestion....
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Nice deal ya got. There's a Bayfield 29 next to me here at Marathon. Sharp looking boat.
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I have a set of 6' oars also and they dont work that great for it. It has such low freeboard that the oars hit my knees if lifted all the way out. The 5' oars work great for it.
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I have a set of 6' oars also and they dont work that great for it. It has such low freeboard that the oars hit my knees if lifted all the way out. The 5' oars work great for it.
Ahhh, looking at the photos I can now see why that would be the case, given the lack of leg room between the center and aft thwart. It's generally a better arrangement when there is enough legroom to get one's legs straight or at least get one's knees lower than the gunnel so they don't interfere with the arc of the oars.

Fortunately there is an easy remedy which is to alter the shape of the center thwart to more closely resemble a top hat in profile, so you could shift your derriere farther forward and get your legs unbent. Depending how much you weigh, you might need a small support knee under the thwart but that is easy too.

You (and kids) would gain the ability to use the longer oars and enjoy the longer sweep and improved speed and tracking. This will make a huge difference if you intend to row any significant distances. But if you expect mostly to motor the dinghy anyway it might not be worth the trouble...

Good score nonetheless!
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