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07-28-2009 09:46 AM
After 10+ years on the bay, no dink *needed*...

Guess I'll add my 2 pennies. I've been cruising on the The Bay for over 10 years, and still don't believe I *need* a dinghy. Granted, I estimate I've split nights 40/60 between anchoring and docking, so there's been less need. I've never had too much trouble finding dockage - even day of - unless sailing on a big holiday. Then be sure to call way in advance. Also can get water taxi service at some the "bigger" towns.

That being said, I've actually wanted a dinghy for some time now as I've been leaning more and more toward anchoring and would love the freedom that a dink gives in ability to explore the surroundings and gunkholes otherwise inaccessible. Also, now that I've just moved from a 32' to a 40', slips fees (and everything else!!) are a bit more pricey

I'll be sure to read all the prior dinghy recommendations. Thanks!
04-24-2009 01:47 PM
Bob Dutton

To: backcreeksailor

We sail out of Southall Landings on Salt Ponds just north of Hampton. I've found my dingy quite useful, even in the marina - I can use it as a cleaning platform for working on the hull. I looked a good bit at brands/prices before I purchased.
Check out Sea Eagle. They have a large variety of inflatables. My dingy is a 4 man (SE 8, I think), very reasonably priced. I added a motor mount and seat assembly about a month ago, for an electric trolling motor. Looking forward to trying it out in the next month or so. I got the motor with battery & a solar panel from Float Green. (You may be able to get some discounting at both locations, if you mention my name as a referral.
We've yet to do much 'exploring' outside the lower Bay - but I know there are numerous places to put the hook down. Marinas can be pricey for overnight - the lowest I've seen advertized has been about 1.50 a foot.
Suggestion - think about joining a yacht club that's a member of Yachting Clubs of America. You can then get reciprocity (space available) at other clubs at no/low cost. I'm a member of the Old Point Yacht Club at Fort Monroe (, just $40.00 a year.
Check them out as an example.

Bob Dutton
s/v Ruach
Richmond, VA
04-22-2009 12:51 AM
mahana27 I'm looking to get a dinghy myself. There are places that you just don't get to explore without a dinghy. Unless you always have a dock to tie up to, it's just something you can only live without until you have your own. Sort of like high speed internet. I can't imagine going back to a 56K modem.
04-17-2009 11:20 AM
WouldaShoulda Same here.

I second guessed myself and thought, "If it's nice enough to sail the dinghy, shouldn't I be sailing my big boat??"
04-17-2009 11:05 AM
craigimass Great to hear...great deal......
Yeah, I was talking about those hard plastic ones......which also have a nice sailing kit you can add to them...
But my neighbor (a real sailor) told me if I buy the dinghy with the sailing kit I might use my actual sailboat less, so I'm gonna take his advice for now.
04-17-2009 10:58 AM
Freesail99 The walker bay hard dingy do not twist and are stiff. I bought mind off of craigslist with oars and a trolling motor for $300.00. The guy also delivered it.
04-17-2009 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by craigimass View Post

Interesting to hear that FG will hold up on gravel and sand as well as molded plastic. I thought that was the whole idea of those WBs.....but, yes, I have seen soft plastics that can scratch deeply.

Maybe I'll look at those craigslists $250 FG models again....
i did not under stand, the walker bays sold where i live in craigslist are inflatables. yes the molded plastic ones will hold up well too. the only molded plastic dingy i was in was kind of flimsy, it twisted with each little wake and wave. i dont know if it was a walker bay thou, so make sure you check out what ever you buy.
also look in to the stern wheel kits
04-17-2009 08:56 AM
imagine2frolic dinghy sailing wood kits - Google Search

I just googled wooden dingy sailing kits, and this page came up....i2f
04-17-2009 08:35 AM
sailingdog If you're going to get a fiberglass dinghy... I would highly recommend adding a layer of kevlar cloth to the bottom and putting a light layer of fiberglass cloth over it... that will give the hull of the dinghy far more abrasion resistance than fiberglass alone would have... Also, the kevlar cloth would increase the puncture resistance of the dinghy.
04-17-2009 08:29 AM
sailingmum so what kind of wood, rowing/sailing dink do you reccommend ?
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