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I would not consider inflatable boats. They usually sail poorly and have serious maintenance issues. And terrible resale value. I'm not a big fan of these little nesting dinghies either. They are very tippy and not at all easy to sail and learn on. I would get a proper dinghy that is wide bodied, unsinkable and sturdy, on a decent trailer. Lots of them for sale really cheap these days.

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If you are looking for a small cheap sailing dinghy that you can use for a ships boat later on down the road, I wouldn't discount a Walker Bay 10.

I sail a Walker Bay 8 all over the place and they are very forgiving boats and they sail pretty well too.
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Thanks for the suggestions, unfortunately my current living arrangement make an inflatable or nesting dinghy a necessity.

Does anyone know of any manufactured nesting sailing dinghies? So far all I've found are kits and while I think the Spindrift N10 or N11 would be ideal I don't think I have enough space to build one in my townhouse.

Are there any particular websites where I might find used dinghies for sale?

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Some marinas and yacht clubs have parking lots where you can leave your dinghy fully rigged on a trailer ready to launch. It costs some money each month but might be worth your consideration and saves lots of time on your sailing days.
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After almost two months of searching and reading I decided on building a Spindrift 11' nesting dinghy/tender from B&B Yacht Designs.
http://bandbyachtdesigns.com/spindrift/

I drove down from DC to NC to pick it up this weekend from the designer Graham Byrnes who probably has forgotten more about sailing then I'll ever know. It was a real pleasure to meet him.

It's going to be a tight fit building it in my 3 motorcycle garage but where there's a will there's a way. I don't know if it there's an appropriate place or interest in a dinghy build on sailnet but I'll post pictures of the major milestones here.
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Made some progress on the Spindrift. It's stRting to look like a boat.
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Well there you are: that is starting to look like a boat. Good work.
I'm glad that Alexandria sailing place panned out for you, at least for a while.

I can picture you sailing around some of the quieter creeks of the Potomac in your nested, cat rigged dinghy. Once you are out there then everywhere you go, there you are.

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Made some progress on the Spindrift. It's stRting to look like a boat.
Come on your in a garage and you were worried about having room? Don't you know you are supposed to build it in the basement, then not be able to get it out?

Looks good, I have thought about a stitch and glue dingy, simple made from hardware store ply.
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Made some progress on the Spindrift. It's stRting to look like a boat.
In the end, you can use the frame for a waterbed

different kind of sailing....



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