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Old 04-17-2009
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The walker bay hard dingy do not twist and are stiff. I bought mind off of craigslist with oars and a trolling motor for $300.00. The guy also delivered it.
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Great to hear...great deal......
Yeah, I was talking about those hard plastic ones......which also have a nice sailing kit you can add to them...
But my neighbor (a real sailor) told me if I buy the dinghy with the sailing kit I might use my actual sailboat less, so I'm gonna take his advice for now.
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Same here.

I second guessed myself and thought, "If it's nice enough to sail the dinghy, shouldn't I be sailing my big boat??"

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I'm looking to get a dinghy myself. There are places that you just don't get to explore without a dinghy. Unless you always have a dock to tie up to, it's just something you can only live without until you have your own. Sort of like high speed internet. I can't imagine going back to a 56K modem.
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To: backcreeksailor

We sail out of Southall Landings on Salt Ponds just north of Hampton. I've found my dingy quite useful, even in the marina - I can use it as a cleaning platform for working on the hull. I looked a good bit at brands/prices before I purchased.
Check out Sea Eagle. They have a large variety of inflatables. My dingy is a 4 man (SE 8, I think), very reasonably priced. I added a motor mount and seat assembly about a month ago, for an electric trolling motor. Looking forward to trying it out in the next month or so. I got the motor with battery & a solar panel from Float Green. (You may be able to get some discounting at both locations, if you mention my name as a referral.
We've yet to do much 'exploring' outside the lower Bay - but I know there are numerous places to put the hook down. Marinas can be pricey for overnight - the lowest I've seen advertized has been about 1.50 a foot.
Suggestion - think about joining a yacht club that's a member of Yachting Clubs of America. You can then get reciprocity (space available) at other clubs at no/low cost. I'm a member of the Old Point Yacht Club at Fort Monroe (opyc.org), just $40.00 a year.
Check them out as an example.

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After 10+ years on the bay, no dink *needed*...

Guess I'll add my 2 pennies. I've been cruising on the The Bay for over 10 years, and still don't believe I *need* a dinghy. Granted, I estimate I've split nights 40/60 between anchoring and docking, so there's been less need. I've never had too much trouble finding dockage - even day of - unless sailing on a big holiday. Then be sure to call way in advance. Also can get water taxi service at some the "bigger" towns.

That being said, I've actually wanted a dinghy for some time now as I've been leaning more and more toward anchoring and would love the freedom that a dink gives in ability to explore the surroundings and gunkholes otherwise inaccessible. Also, now that I've just moved from a 32' to a 40', slips fees (and everything else!!) are a bit more pricey

I'll be sure to read all the prior dinghy recommendations. Thanks!
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