Choosing a dinghy that’s perfect for you, your crew and your boat depends on a variety of factors. For example, some tenders look cool but lack space for groceries. Other tenders are inexpensive but lack in stability.
The objectives of using the Boat Owners: Choosing A Dinghy are to…
- solidify your main goals for using the dinghy
- gain an understanding about the varieties of dinghies available
- create a simple specification for a dinghy that best suits your requirements
- know what to look for when purchasing a used dinghy
Examples from the Boat Owners: Choosing A Dinghy guide:
Variations to consider section
- Capacity requirements – how many people will use the dinghy regularly? If it’s just you and your partner that will be using the dinghy on a regular basis, get one that suits the needs of two people, not six. It will only be two of you that have to pull it up a beach, hoist it out of the water and maintain it. Bigger is not better. When family or friends visit you can always take a couple trips if need be.
- Is there a forward locker? Is it lockable? Within your locker you might want to store an anchor and rope, First Aid Kit, and pump (if you have an inflatable). Some days you might want to throw loose items like your sunglasses, sunscreen or hat in the locker…plus 12 more
Used dinghy section
- Ask what the service history is and if there’s any record of it
- Make sure the plug is present and in good condition…plus 13 more
Dinghy tips section
- Covers can be purchased that go over the whole boat or there’s the option of affixing a cover onto the upper tubing area which will prolong the life of a tender up to 5 years by reducing UV deterioration
- Boats made form Hypalon will last up to 10 years whereas boats made from PVC will look rough even after a few years…plus 12 more
Consider the cost of getting the WRONG dinghy…and then consider the cost of this guide. Which one would you rather pay for?
As with all my guides if you don’t find that the information provided in the Boat Owners: Choosing A Dinghy guide is valuable, I will happily refund your money.
Total pages: 10 US letter pages. Includes checklist on dinghy uses, variations checklist, a dinghy specification sheet, things to look for during a used dinghy inspection and tips and other related dinghy information.
If you’re getting a new or used dinghy in the not-so-distant future AND you don’t have massive amounts of experience with dinghies you need to buy this guide! And remember, if you don’t find value in the guide I’ll return your money. No questions asked. Buy it now 🙂