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Smaller 1 1.52%
6' 0 0%
7'6" 6 9.09%
8' 2" 18 27.27%
9' 12 18.18%
Bigger 29 43.94%
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I'm in the market for a new dinghy, something I can hang a motor on, I'm getting tiered of rowing in circles in my current blow up toy...

I currently have a West Marine "Mini Dinghy" and a 27' boat, at 6' the dinghy fits nicely on the fore deck but with two people and a "small" dog it gets pretty crowded, also with no motor it's a hassle to "shuttle" several people from boat to shore...

I can see this is going to be an area of "compromise" as I would like a 10' RIB with 20 hp motor and center console but don't have the room for one nor the sail power to drag one along...I have seen the 6' solid back air floor dinghy from Mercury, but with the extended sponsons, is smaller interior than my current dinghy...

Next size up is a 7'6" unit or an 8' unit...both a little large for the fore deck, but I like the extra room...9' and 10' are going to be just to large to be practical...

So how do you choose a size.. do I go for interior comfort and room and put up with storage hassles, or stay small and stowable and put up with minimal room and multiple trips to shore...?

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Come on now... serious question...

Do you sacrifice comfort or convenience?
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So how do you choose a size.. do I go for interior comfort and room and put up with storage hassles, or stay small and stowable and put up with minimal room and multiple trips to shore...?
This is such a difficult question. I know you're asking about inflatables, but even though we row a hard dinghy, it's all the same for me. Here's my opinion: For a tender, I want the biggest size that is reasonable for my use(which is tow everywhere).

For our coastal sailing towing works well. We have a real boat for rowing or sailing, safely, with a good sized load(3-4 adults and some gear).

Whatever you do, don't live with too small a dinghy, it's worthless with a load, and dangerous.
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it depends on your boating style... but the obvious answer is that you have to sacrifice comfort for convenience.... if this were not so, we would all have big roomy dinghys, with cabins and big motors being towed along behind our little sailboats, with the hopeful thought that we never have to ship it on deck to make a passage.

its kind of like buying any size of boat where every feature of it is a tradeoff.... one has to consider how its going to be used, how many people needs to fit in it, where its going to kept, and how much money you want to spend on it and its upkeep..

it make little difference how big, or how small someone elses dinghy is, as it is a choice of personal preferences... you may have to own a couple of different models before you find the best fit for you...
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* If you can't carry it on davits or easily hoist it on deck, it's useless and possibly hazardous. I would never tow a dingy, and before I got davits (prior 27' boat) I did not.

* If you can't do davits, do a sit-in kayak. Easy to paddle, fun, and seaworthy. Can also haul more than non-kayakers believe.

* If you must have a dingy with a motor on a 27' boat, go small, 8.5' sport boat with 3.5hp max. Unless you are actually a power boater passing as a sailor. Try to find a 2-stroke. But for a 27' boat I feel this is a mistake. Anchor closer.

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Just fits on the bow...that's the right size.
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it seems to me that you may have been one chick overloaded....
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Bigger than yours apparently.


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