View Full Version : which type of dinghy is best for spearin'?
05-09-2007, 12:38 PM
I plan to get a dinghy to launch from the surf and go 1 to 2.5 miles from the shore to hit the kelp beds. I have seen the inflatable keels, roll up hard floors, slat floors, and rigid hulls. I really like the rigid hulls but I am not sure why. I plan to put it on top of the bed of my truck for the 3 mile drive to the launch site. Which type would be best for this?
I have a 10' Caribe rigid bottom that is stored on a float in front of the big boat at the dock. Its fairly heavy (about 130lbs) and if you planned on sliding it into the back of the truck you would probably want at least another guy along to help out. I bought a 2 stroke 15hp Mercury for it about 5 years ago out of state (they dont sell them in Cali). The reasoning for the 2 stroke was the weight savings (77lbs for the 2 stroke compared to 111lbs for a 4 stroke) which I wanted for taking it aboard the sailboat to Catalina. Rigids are very nice, fast and comfy but for beach launches and only 1-2 mile jaunts you might consider an inflatable keel or roll up bottom and maybe a lighter weight 10hp outboard.
05-12-2007, 02:09 AM
Seen these (fishing)guys use these $499 10' tubs from West marine and put $1000 yamaha 4hp 4 strokes on them. Say it runs 12 hrs on a gallon of gas.
Just a thought ...Though a RIB on plane would be hella lot more fun.
05-12-2007, 03:29 AM
up here in the small waters of NY lakes we use a large row-boat.... but yet we have no waves to contend with unless we get buzzed by the %$&% who are wondering what we're doing out so far in a row-boat
That probably didn't help... sorry
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