Using a dinghy with your Hunter - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 02-06-2008 Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 31
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
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...
82Venture22 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 Old 02-12-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 286
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 8
 
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.
AlanBrown is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 08-08-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Red face

Quote:
Originally Posted by AlanBrown View Post
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
We2Sail@verizon.net is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 08-08-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY
Posts: 495
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Never had a problem with my Zodiac.
tweitz is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Choosing a Dinghy Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-11-2004 08:00 PM
Choosing a Dinghy Sue & Larry Cruising Articles 0 10-09-1998 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome