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Re: Kayak as a dinghy for small sailboat

Having tried different options I have settled on this one. It happens to be made by Sea Eagle but there are others. I went for the "Expedition" model and with the drop stitch floors (and on inflatable paddle boards now) you can stand up fairly well (leaning on the boat.) Mine holds the whole family (mom, dad and two kids), very stable, rolls up into manageable bundle, will track well with detachable skeg, can be paddled well into a headwind and will hold 850lbs. What other dinghy can do all that without a motor? The only drawback is that, though it is very tough, I don't yet feel ok about dragging it over barnacle and mussel encrusted rocks. Smooth beach rocks, no problem. Hmmm, photos not posting so here is a link:

1962 Columbia 29 hull #37

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