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Old 04-15-2009
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When you get a dinghy, you can get a license plate holder that says


"I drives me boat
She drives me dinghy"

So yes, you need a dinghy! not sure why.......but that is another topic.
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Okay, is it better to have a limp dingy or a hard dingy that never goes down?
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Backcreek, you can get away without a dinghy on the bay. While I do agree there's a lot you'll miss if you don't have one, you can still anchor out without one and be fine. It just means you're not going to go too far from the boat. You'll just have to plan your menus accordingly. There are two cases where we take ours with us. One is when we're going to rendezvous with someone and not raft up. The other is if we have our Golden Retriever with us and are anchoring out. Otherwise I prefer to run without it. Make sure you call for reservations if you plan on tying up at a marina, especially on holiday weekends. Good luck and have fun. The bay is a beautiful place to boat.
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Buy a used dinghy and tow it or deflate it and carry it onboard. There are many sittuations where it is usable. When you are just out for the day. Leave it at the dock.

Dinghys are great for visiting other friends anchored nearby and being able to return to your own boat. Dinghys are great for exploring the many creeks and parts of the coves and rivers on the Bay you cannot get up with a 5 foot draft. Dinghys are great for excercise in the AM (only if your Admiral is rowing you around of course). Dinghys are great to be able to anchor in a lovely harbor, go ashore and visit, and not pay the slip price usually around 3 a foot.

After our first year with the dingy we boaght a 5 hp motor to take longer trips. After a few years of towing and stowing, last year we finally installed Garhauer davits ourselves and made life very easy as we can drop it or reclaim it in 15 minutes. The davits have meant we use our dinghy all the time now and rarely take a slip unless we are traveling for many days in a row and just want to stay someplace a few days. As my wife says everything for the boat costs $1000 increments. In thuis case she was correct. $100 for an air floor Walker Bay dinghy, $1000 for a 5 hp tahatsu, and $1000 for the davits. We have purchased an upgraded this part of our boat enjoyment and cruising over 7 years and were in no hurry. Each upgrade made us appreciate and use the dingy more and more.

Once we started taking long vacaction cruises on the boat. Last year NYC and this year Mystic Connecticut it made the trip less expensive as we could take morrings for $25 if we didnt want to anchor and just explore the neat cites by taking the dinghy ashore. It does pay for itself in slip fee quickly over a few years.

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BTW...Just saw a new Walker Bay 270A adverised in Baltimore Craigs List on Sunday April 12 for $900. This is the exact one we have and love it. carries 1180 lbs and has larger tubes for stability that most air floor dinghys. It sells for 1200 on Defender . We bought ours new from them for $950 a few yeras ago so this is a great deal.

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I have a square stern canoe with a 2 hp kicker.
Works fine for me.
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You don't need a Dinghy... you can always use an inner tube or an air mattress to go to the shore and back again...
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If there's only 2 of you, a kayak works great. The double sided paddles make going places easier than regular paddles. You won't have to deal with gasoline either. They just aren't that great for carrying groceries, but still it's doable.

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There are water-taxi services in St. Michaels, Annapolis, and Solomon's that I know of for sure. If you sail with some of the clubs on the Bay you can hitch a ride ashore. In both cases you have to adjust your schedule to accommodate the availability of rides.

You could start the season cruising without a dinghy and see how you like it. In the meantime you can watch Craigslist and such for a used dinghy that fits your budget.
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Look into building a nesting dinghy. It will fold, and fit on the foredeck. Can be sailed, rowed, and motored. Not to mention it will be cheap to build, and give you a great learning experience.

Start out rowing, and then move up to sails, or an engine. This way the cost is over a period of time......i2f
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