Originally Posted by mikieg
i am looking into an inflatable dinghy. i plan to tow it. my boat is a mere 25 feet, so i think that the dinghy should be less than half that. maybe carry 2 or no more that 4 people. should be able to use my 5hp honda outboard on it.
so tell me about brands and features, construction and designs, prices and retailers.
like many things, i know nothing about inflatable dinghies!
i also want to thank all participants in advance, your input is appreciated.
Couple of questions:
How often will you use it?
How far will you go on it?
How often will you take it with you?
Where will you store it when not in use?
FWIW, I'm on a mooring so I use my dink often and store it on land most of the time. I'm a big fan of hypalon as I've seen what happens to dinks stored in yard. Hypalon is near bulletproof and easy to repair. PVC is fine if you store it safely and keep it covered.
For day sails it stays on the mooring.
I tow it behind if I go for a cruise, but I'm not bothered by the drag.
Sometimes on a nice night I might have a few friends sitting out on the mooring with me having a drink and a cigar or cooking dinner, so making several trips back and forth is a pain.
For a start, check out Mercury Air Deck models. I have an Airdeck 340 model. BEWARE that the floor on all Mercury air deck models is made from PVC, NOT HYPALON
(and they are not good at telling you this). You must keep it covered/protected from UV and avoid getting gas or oil on it. Don't ask me how I know.
The 340 is 11+ feet and carries around 1500 lbs or five people. This is a big dink.
I like to have a big inflatable, the girls like it too as its firm, stable, reliable, and pleasant to ride.