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Re: Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?
We started out with a 9 ft roll-up dinghy with a 4 hp, 2-stroke motor. The dinghy weighed 110 lbs and the motor weighed 29 lbs. If we were going any distance, we would stow the motor on the stern pulpit, haul the dinghy up on the foredeck, deflated it and secure it to minimize interference with the genoa sheets.
However, that dinghy was WET when the wind kicked up in harbors. We subsequently (in our old age) switched over to a 10 1/2 ft RIB that weighed 154 lbs empty and put a 9.9 hp 4-stroke motor (95 lbs) on it. It was a lot drier and more comfortable, but we towed it everywhere, as we don’t have davits (and didn’t want the 300 lbs (loaded) hanging off the stern.). We have been pleasantly surprised that we’ve never shipped water when towing in winds up to the low 20’s—and that’s with the motor attached.). The larger dinghy can get on plane with 2 people and is great for covering distance. We’ve used it for excursions up to 5 miles (one-way), where the old dinghy was not suitable.
So, to the OP’s question: your intended dinghy is not too big. You might even consider going up another foot. If you can, go for a hard bottom—either fiberglas or aluminum—if you have davits or don’t mind towing.