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Offline CapnK

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The "car"
« on: November 07, 2020, 08:09:00 AM »
Cruisers often refer to their dinghy as their 'car', and I've been on the hunt.

I've had/have inflatables, they are OK but are pretty much just motor boats. I'd like one that could sail as well, maybe even row half-decent, so it's a hard dinghy for me.

I had a Walker Bay 8 and got good service from it. Not very stable but fun to sail, it rowed & motored OK, and being plastic was tough and won't scuff the boat. But I decided a while back that as good as it was, there was probably better and I would have to build it.

I've been looking and looking for a while, and I think I have found the answer at last  - the Duo. They are 10' LOA, lightweight, nestable, quick and easy to build, and cheap what with needing only 2 sheets of ply. Sure sounds like it is only lacking 'free beer' to be perfect. ;D

Here's a link, and if you search there are some videos of it on YouTube.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2020, 09:27:14 AM by CapnK »
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Re: The "car"
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2020, 11:26:26 AM »
That looks pretty good. I wonder if it can be assembled in the water?

My porta-bote is ok; but kind of gets in the way when lashed to the lifelines, and is a real chore to assemble. And you can't board from the water. And there can be trouble towing it. I was considering an inflatable, but don't really want to go that way. I hope you build it. I would love to hear how it works.
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Re: The "car"
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2020, 04:10:48 PM »
Don't know thing a about the boat in  question, but I've towed dinghies both inflatable and hard for over 12,l00  miles- twice across the Gulf of Mexico and twice across the Gulf Stream,,3months in the Bahamas with no difficulties at all

All things considered I prefer the infllatables
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