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Hi all,

I''m the proud owner of a 20'' keel boat, in need of a dingy. Even the smallest kayak wont fit on the side decks, and the fordeck is too small for the smallest punts I''ve found so far (at 3''6" I''m fairly sure it''s not large enough to hold anything I trust.)

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A 20 foot boat is a dinghy.

Just Kidding!!! You might try a Sabot. It might just fit on the foredeck. If it''s too long you could shorten the transom up a bit, if your any good with fiberglass.
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You might think about a One Sheet Skiff several folks use them as tenders for small boats.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/herbert.mcleod/skiff.htm

You might also think about one of the nesting dingies.
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One more to consider is the 8''6" Pota-Bote". It can be folded into a 8''6"x2''x4" space. I sometimes keep my 10''6" Porta-Bote folded/strapped to two lifeline stachions.

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Always inflatable kayaks & dinks, used to be a canvas kayak with plywood frame that folded up in suitcase but I think setup was rather involved.
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how about a nesting dingy?? The dink has two halves that lock together, but when not in use, fold into each other.

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Nesting dinghy would probably work the best - you might be able to fit one on the cabin top. One issue with them is the ease & strength of the joint mechnaism and whether you put the pieces together before launching (easier) or after (harder). Try Woodenboat site for different builders/kits/plans.
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Small inflatables with slatted floors can be rolled up to pretty small packages. A West 8 footer fits into a 2X4 package that can be lashed on deck and inflated within 15 min.
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