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Recommend a Dinghy for Cruising Caribbean

I'm getting all my gear together to sail locally is S. FL and later down the Caribbean chain.

I looked at a lot of different dinghy's here at SNet and othe places. Since, I have never had or talked to anyone.. I have No idea what to buy. Id like to buy used too, but again, just don't know what would serve me best.

Some of my (known) requirements;

Light enough, that a 64 YO can handle it.

Planning on leaving the dinghy on lift, unless someone tells me that's wrong.

I'm sailing single handed, perhaps 3 people will be on board but rarely.

The Dinghy may be used as a survival dinghy and will need a cover; will drive the price up $$$ quite a bit, I leave that option open for a used dink.

Needs lifting eyes to lift from water.

Will take 10 HP outboard, or a little less HP rating.


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I'd say you need a West Wight Potter
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I like my 9L Carribe (single hull light,- not double hull) for the weight on my davits and still the RBI qualities that allow my wife to step securely with stability.


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Re: Recommend a Dinghy for Cruising Caribbean

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I'd say you need a West Wight Potter
Yes, that's a very good choice; personally I would pick a Lightning.

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Re: Recommend a Dinghy for Cruising Caribbean

OK, I'm not too smart. By the wording it seemed that you wanted a dinghy as your primary vessel. Upon re-reading your post I think you have a big boat and you're wondering about a dinghy to keep in the davits.
My send answer is that I am happy with our inflatable. I bought the cheapest 10' Chinese made PVC dinghy that I could get, a Zodiac Zoom. When it gets stolen I want to lose a $700.00 dinghy, not a $7000.00 one.
There are compromises on all things boating. The inflatable is a compromise that I'm happy with.


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In the Caribbean few are likely to steal a pvc dinghy.
Discerning thieves want hypalon.

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Portland Pudgy would do it all, except the 10hp. Do you really need 10hp on a boat you can lift up? My main engine is only 7.5hp and I have never found it lacking.

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These are great little tenders: Utility Yacht Tender / Dinghy 10 - Bullfrog Boats

I've been all around Puget Sound in this little guy. Really stable, planes easily, rugged....
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Re: Recommend a Dinghy for Cruising Caribbean

Get the biggest dink you can take on the davits, preferably a 10ft 06 inch AB. RIB Get the aluminum bottom one, it`s the lightest. I carry mine on davits with a 15hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Mine`s a fiberglas bottom lite model.


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