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Using a dinghy with your Hunter

I have a 2006 Hunter 27. I want to get a two man dinghy anyone using a dinghy with their Hunter? What is the best for this size of a boat, mounting etc...
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Suggest you consider an 8 ft. inflatable.

I purchased a 8' Achilles air floor a few years back. It's lightweight and can easily be hauled aboard by a single person. Also, at 56 lbs. it doesn't put too much stress on the dinghy davits I added to the stern of my Hunter 30.

Looking back on my purchase decision, I think I should have opted for some type of roll-up floor. I would like my dinghy too feel a bit more rigid. The 9 ft. Seaworthy (Boat US) I had on my previous boat felt a lot more stable when entering and exiting than the air floor does.

On the plus side, my Achilles can be deflated and bagged pretty quickly when I'm going to leave the boat for an extended period of time. It's a good size for 2 people and my 2 hp. Johnson pushes us around the anchorage quite nicely.

One thing that I learned during my previous investigation was to look for a dinghy made of Hypalon material if you intend to cruise in tropical waters. They seem to hold up better to UV rays. Also, unless things have changed, steer clear of Zodiac products.

I guess it all comes down to weight and ease of storage. For me, the Achilles was the right decision.
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Suggest you consider an 8 ft. inflatable.

They seem to hold up better to UV rays. Also, unless things have changed, steer clear of Zodiac products.

I guess it all comes down to weight and ease of storage. For me, the Achilles was the right decision.

I am curious about the Zodiac comment. All Zodiacs and why not?

I also have an Achilles, and when I had it repatched 5 years ago, the Achilles Repair depot in Maine suggested it was too old and get a newer one. Well, except for learning to patch early and often (just kidding, only one new patch was needed this year). That Hypalon is really tough stuff.

I think my Achilles (Sports 4), 10' 6", about 85 pounds dry; my 8 HP Merc gets it up on plain with two people (about 300 pounds) so if the anchor or mooring is quite a ways off, we can get there quicker. Use, weight can be a problem on my Hunter 27, but the larger dinghy has it's advantages when the harbor kicks up and whitecaps are visible.

Bob
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Never had a problem with my Zodiac.
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