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Question Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?

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I'm looking at purchasing a 7 year old, 9 foot AB inflatable, with an aluminum bottom. We have a 35 foot hughes sloop with a 25 HP diesel engine. It's less than 100 pounds, but am wondering whether this is too big a tender for what we need. We have a dog, and wanted to have a more comfortable and stable dinghy for when we are cruising and under anchor so we can explore more by dinghy. Would appreciate the communities thoughts on the appropriateness of this size and type of dinghy for a sailboat of our size.
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Re: Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?

size is fine
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Re: Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?

Size is fine , towing it will get old in cruising unless you have a plan for putting it in Davits or on the foredeck .
Also will need an engine hoist unless you are using a Torquedo.
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Re: Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?

We have a similar sized aluminum floor zodiac 310 with 5 hp propane outboard. It can deflated a rolled up. We use it a lot mainly because it’s kept on davits and is easy to drop and go.
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Re: Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?

With my small outboards, ive found it faster and safer to manhandle the outboard to the side deck and back to stern if moving on for a while.
I dont like the engine hoist method...for my use.
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With my small outboards, ive found it faster and safer to manhandle the outboard to the side deck and back to stern if moving on for a while.
I dont like the engine hoist method...for my use.
You must have small two strokes.

Many have 5 hp engine 60 lbs and it is not a small outboard imho. Hanging over the boat, muscling and contorting. Why I ask when you can use a 6:1 mechanical advantage. Keep doing it your way when your 65 like me you’ll have back problems for sure

I know it can’t be safer or faster as we can hoist ours to the back rail in a couple minutes using the hoist. But we do it all the time so you get good at it. Harness stays permanently on the dinghy engine. So it’s as simple as clipping to hoist and lifting. Body mechanics are safer. Why risk it for you health or risk dropping it in the drink. No chance we will😄🌪🤘


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Hi all,

I'm looking at purchasing a 7 year old, 9 foot AB inflatable, with an aluminum bottom. We have a 35 foot hughes sloop with a 25 HP diesel engine. It's less than 100 pounds, but am wondering whether this is too big a tender for what we need. We have a dog, and wanted to have a more comfortable and stable dinghy for when we are cruising and under anchor so we can explore more by dinghy. Would appreciate the communities thoughts on the appropriateness of this size and type of dinghy for a sailboat of our size.
BTW 7 year dinghy which hasn’t been covered to protect it from UV may not have much life. Check it carefully. Spray with water and look for leaks.


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Re: Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?

The cadet we have with the aluminum floor is very stable like aRIB . We had air floors which were good, but this aluminum floor is great. And it’s stowable if necessary


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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.
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Re: Dinghy for a 35 foot sailboat? Is this the right one?

not a good idea to tow with a motor.... raise it up with a halyard or a demountable crane.

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