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08-29-2004 11:14 AM
Hard Dinghys out there?

I once put a strip of wood with sunbrella fabrick under it and then took a foam noodle and trimmed a flat surface on it then folded the sunbrella over it and fastened it with another small strip of wood. It looked good and was a good bumper. I had to go back later and put another layer of fabric on it as it wore a bit.
08-28-2004 03:27 PM
Hard Dinghys out there?

Are Sumners still being manufactured? I almost bought one a long time back and haven''t seen one since. I bought a Montgomery 10''s a better sailboat but the Sumner is a better dink for towing.
08-28-2004 04:47 AM
Hard Dinghys out there?

I’ve got a Sumner 9 footer and I love it! Its flotation tanks run fore and aft along the sides so she’ll remain stable even when filled with water. She rows great, powers with a 2 HP like a dream and tows with surprisingly little strain on the pennant. The 9 is beamy and stable as it has the same hull as their 12 footer but the bow is rounded and very buoyant where the 12 has the more traditional pointed shape.

I screwed a piece of exterior carpeting (found in a dumpster at a flooring supply), bottom out along the shear, took an old piece of ˝ inch line and rolled the carpet up over that then screwed it along the top of the gunnel. This has made for the best (and cheapest) rub rail I’ve ever seen and it hasn’t chewed any dings in my hull yet! I did replace the carpeting last spring as the old one was wearing out after 6 years of hard use!

I had painted her in the same scheme as the “big” boat, with a black hull. Along with the green carpet rub rail and round bow, she sort of brought to mind an egg plant, which is exactly what we named her: Eggplant!
08-12-2004 03:33 PM
Hard Dinghys out there?

We didn''t want to risk abraiding our inflateable, or haing it puncture ont he boarding ladder. So we made a doghnut of closed cell foam in a light canvas, attached with velcro loops. This would work well for a hard-dink too.

We used excess foam from making the new cuhions. So 1-1/2inch closed cell.
This is not going to be relevent to you, but our dink still deflates and packs down more or less as small as ever (still fits its bag and its locker despite the doughnut)

08-12-2004 12:34 PM
Hard Dinghys out there?

Can I add to the questions??? I have a hard dink, and don''t want to bash up the sides of my sailboat. Any suggestions on material I can use for replacing the rub rail on the dink? Or where I can find rub rail replacement material?
08-09-2004 04:02 AM
Hard Dinghys out there?

Thanks to everyone out there for your input. It seems we are close to choosing the 10 ft Walker Bay RID with the inflatable sponson. It appears to be comparable with the performance of inflatable RIBs, fairly durable, and comes in at about $2000 (cheaper than a RIB would cost you). With the inflatable sponson they look to be fairly stable.At 149 # they are a little heavy for their size but the 6 HP limit for the motor will keep me at 200# total weight which is in the range I was looking for since I have a sturdy arch system on the Manta 40.

The Livingston twin hull looked interesting, but looks like it wouldn''t be as stable. I''d could make a dinghy out of a plan kit (as I have made a Cedar Strip Kayak recently), but I have a transportation issue getting it from MI to FL for a reasonable cost when we set sail for a month. Yhe Carolina Skiff I just looked at were all too heavy (250#)and wouldn''t work as a dinghy. Although they looked nice for other uses.

Thanks again for your input.

Dave on soon to be ...s/v No More Mondays
08-07-2004 02:04 PM
Hard Dinghys out there?

Have any of you had experience with Carolina Skiffs? We are considering one instead of an inflatable. I''m not familiar with Dyers. How would they compare?

08-03-2004 04:33 PM
Hard Dinghys out there?

I''d say wait until the Walkers are 10-15yrs old and compare them with the glass dinks. My 10'' Montgomery glass dink came before my plastics and is still around after 30 yrs and 5 sailboats. My two plastics lasted a little over a year each when cruising in the Bahamas. They flexed a lot, work hardened and got brittle in a few places. Walkers flex more than mine did. I liked them for the lightweight but my experience didn''t show long life. I had a 4hp Johnson on them.

Don''t get me wrong, I like the Walkers and would consider one if my 10'' glass dink wouldn''t fit. The only question I have about Walkers is the wheel...does it really survive multiple beachings over rocks?
08-03-2004 02:32 PM
Hard Dinghys out there?

Walker Bay boats are available in both 8'' and 10'' versions,and are much less expensive than either inflatables or fiberglass boats. We''ve used a 10'' one for 3 years now and really like it. It has good load carrying ability, is stable, and can actually be rowed, though we use a small 3hp outboard most of the time. Contrary to what a previous post said, the molded plastic is much, much more durable than fiberglass (I know,I''ve had several glass dinghies). It can''t crack, it can be dragged across rocky beaches with no damage, and it can be left in the water for (relatively) long periods without fouling. They look good, too.
08-03-2004 11:16 AM
Hard Dinghys out there?

I have a Boss 8.5 and it weighs in at a shade under 125#. Capability of up to 15HP. Well built and stable. Not inexpensive but worth the investment to keep my wife happy. One would compliment yor Manta. Had the chance to look at one in Annapolis. Nice boat and I am sure you are a happy owner.
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