Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: The house is in Kingsport, TN. Boats are on Watauga Lake and in New Bern, NC
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Re: Crealock 37 dinghy recommendations, anyone?
We have a 8hp 2 stroke Nissan (Tohatsu) on our LSI 290. It will plane my wife, me, 3 gal of gas, and a few bags of groceries. Hauling fuel or water, it will not plane. We also have a 3.5 Tohatsu 2 stroke that I have used on the dinghy. It will only plane me alone.
We bought a Coleman 12v air mattress inflater at WalMart five or more years ago for about $15. We use it on deck with the cord going inside to put the first 90% of the air in the dinghy. The last bit is done with the supplied foot pump. A few wraps of vinyl electrical tape around its discharge fitting shimmed it out to fit the Achilles valves. I have twice dropped it in salt water running and immediately rinsed it with no ill effect, at least so far.
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