Originally Posted by JKCatalina310
What kind of sailor has a 20 hp dinghy motor?
The same kind that needs 4 staterooms so everyone gets a berth!
I wanted the following when dinghy shopping:
1. Able to plane with every one aboard, so we could explore, and no shuttling people back and forth. We have one special needs child that adds to the complexity of the fox-hen-grain exercise that we'd have to do if we had to take multiple trips.
2. Able to pull up on the beach when I'm alone. This meant a hard bottom, because sea shells would qiuckly lacerate the underside of an inflated bottom.
3. Able to pull up on our davits.
We got an 11'6" Achilles RIB.. Great dinghy. At one point we explored Martha's Vinyard, planing with everyone aboard, beach chairs and a cooler. We went 3 miles to one beach and it was a great time. [The marina screwed up our prop reconditioning so we found ourselves (2 weeks later) with no prop on our sailboat. Being able to explore turned a stressfull time into an adventure.]
Oh, and the Tohatsu 20 hp weighs the same as the 15 hp. It's the same engine with a different carburator. A no brainer to get the 20 hp!