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Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

There's a 10' Walker Bay dinghy with the sail kit available nearby on Craigslist. I'm new to sailing and would love to have a dinghy to practice in. I'm wondering, though, if 10' is too large for my main boat which is 31'. Any suggestions, insight?
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Re: Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

Too large for what purpose. I sometimes tow my 10 foot Walker Bay RID behind my 19 foot sailboat. It will steal about a knot of forward speed from your travel, so if you are already in light air, you may have to motor.
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Re: Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

Is it too large to comfortably keep on deck, tied to lifelines when travelling?
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Re: Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

Probably. You would find that a 10 dinghy would be a lot to hoist. We used the spinnaker pole as a "jib crane" and brought a 9' RIB onto the foredeck of a 40' (15 ft "J" ) boat. Have swapped that for an 11' roll up RIB with removeable floor. If I make a passage, will strike the inflatable down to it's bag and lash that up on deck. Otherwise just tow it as needed for any local use.
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Re: Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

If its longer than the width of the transom I wouldn't put it on davits out any of the brackets that go athwartships, other than that there's no limit. If you want to store it on deck obviously it has to fit. Towing any dinghy will show you down some, but that's as much about hull shape as length.
Those are pretty good boats for the price, I've had two of the 8 foot version, one with the sail kit, and it sailed pretty well. Their light enough that if it will fit on deck it's not too hard to get it up there.

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I (we) carried a WB 8 on the front deck of my Oday30 10 should fit.. but can one person lift it? no.

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Re: Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

As I remember the eight footer is 71 pounds, so the ten is probably 100. Lighter than most ten footers but not a one person job without a lifting rig of some kind. I use the spin pole and a halyard.
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Thank you everyone! You've all told me everything I needed to know. I'm going to pick it up tomorrow.
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Re: Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

Unless you use it one up in fairly flat water get the inflatable tubes that go round the gunnels.

It is possible to swamp a Walker bay in rough conditions.
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Re: Is a 10'dinghy too large for a Hunter 31

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Unless you use it one up in fairly flat water get the inflatable tubes that go round the gunnels.

It is possible to swamp a Walker bay in rough conditions.
Expect to pay 800 bucks US$. But one you put them in the boat is virtually unsinkable, and it increased the carrying capacity to 563 pounds or so---basically three people, or two and a good bit of gear or a big outboard. I love mine.

Way too beamy for fun rowing though.
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