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Old 07-05-2014, 08:45 AM   #1
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Composite Dinghy

Any recommendations for a composite or lightweight FG dinghy that can take a 15 hp? 10-12'.
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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Have you thought of using an aluminum boat? Cheap, light weight and strong.
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I like the little 12 foot Alumicraft T-12 but it's only rated for 10 hp.

I've been thinking about building one of these, but again limited to 10 hp.
Why 15hp.? Do you already own the engine?
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The "lightweight" part is where the problem lies.

If you could handle the 200+ lbs of a 10' Livingston, I think that would be a good choice. Stable with lots of interior space and a 20" freeboard.

BTW, u make it to Pickwick yet?
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The "lightweight" part is where the problem lies.

If you could handle the 200+ lbs of a 10' Livingston, I think that would be a good choice. Stable with lots of interior space and a 20" freeboard.

BTW, u make it to Pickwick yet?
The 10' Livingston will only take up to a 9.9 HP outboard....I believe, as that is what they discuss on their site, although only in vague terms.

As a recent purchaser of a new Livingston 10', c/w 9.9 Yamaha and a seawise davit system, I would be happy to discuss this with anyone interested, via PM.
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I didn't know whether the 10HP max. was based on average weight or on HP stress itself. It seems like since the 4-strokes came out, weight became a big factor in dinghies and in some cases more so than HP rating. Might be interesting to find out if a 15HP 2 stroke would be acceptable on the Livingston 10'.

I just decided that it might be a little heavy for my boat even though I don't know for sure. The 9' would have also served me well except for the 10" freeboard.

I was thinking about soft bottom inflatables again and a 12 footer came up on craigslist and I nailed it.
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I didn't know whether the 10HP max. was based on average weight or on HP stress itself. It seems like since the 4-strokes came out, weight became a big factor in dinghies and in some cases more so than HP rating. Might be interesting to find out if a 15HP 2 stroke would be acceptable on the Livingston 10'.

I just decided that it might be a little heavy for my boat even though I don't know for sure. The 9' would have also served me well except for the 10" freeboard.

I was thinking about soft bottom inflatables again and a 12 footer came up on craigslist and I nailed it.
Good points; ours is a 4 stroke 9.9 which is the Livingston recommended motor for their 10'. But if you have 400 pounds or more in the dinghy you cannot plane; there is more than enough power but the motor (propellor actually, I guess) cavitates.

And there is a huge difference between the 9' and the 10'.
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It's coincidental to me that this topic should come up now. For the last month or so I have been hot to trot for a new dinghy as witnessed by my other posts on here and 3 or 4 other forum sites.

I have a new 9.8 Tohatsu and that will be fine for any dink that I was looking at. Planeing is nice but not essential. My priority is more about weight, physical size and the ability to carry myself +3 more adults. No matter how hard I looked, I kept getting back to soft bottomed inflatables. Not very roomy, but I can legally shuttle and play with 3 other adults - like when my kids or the admirals kids come by to visit.
Oftentimes, the dink is more fun than the Mainship.
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Check out Highfield 3.1 meter (10 ft.) aluminum hull inflatable. 95 lbs. and carries 4 adults.
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Everything looks great. Except..........................When they don't publish a price it's usually because they are afraid of scaring people off. Guess what? It worked!
the old adage probably applies here: "If you have to ask for a price, you probably can't afford it:.

Thanks for the link though.
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sometimes I wonder if I should just carry 2-2 person (but the smaller kind) kayaks and develop a 2x6 cross brace system to rig a small outboard and a panel to carry cargo.

I could manhandle each one, bolt/strap on a couple braces and a small engine and have a 4 person dingy with carrying capacity....or just have 2 nice kayaks for the day at anchor where people want to come and go.
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I also have considered that as an option.
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Any recommendations for a composite or lightweight FG dinghy that can take a 15 hp? 10-12'.

Probably depends on what you mean by "lightweight."

In any case, I think Walker Bay makes a lighter version than the 10'2" 135-lb model we have.

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I have a 10' bullfrog tender - aluminum hull but looks like a regular RIB. 15 hp four stroke. Rows well too. Rated for 3 adults plus gear though although quite sturdy and stable. I carry on electric Lester Davits. I like its toughness.
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Thanks both,

Aluminum would be fine.

Yes, I just bought a new 15 for my old deflatable.

I am also considering building one of plywood.

Sorry for the delayed response. Cruising down the Tenn Tom and signal is occasional.

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I am guessing weight is the limiter on these dingy's but what is the limits to carry something a little bigger like a Flats boat is it size?
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That's a cool looking boat. I like the aft sponsons for buoyancy and easy planing.

What make of boat is that?

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To all others, when I replied earlier from my iPhone, I only saw the two responses, I now see that there were several. Thanks all. I have some internet surfing to get busy on..
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That's a cool looking boat. I like the aft sponsons for buoyancy and easy planing.

What make of boat is that?

Thanks.

To all others, when I replied earlier from my iPhone, I only saw the two responses, I now see that there were several. Thanks all. I have some internet surfing to get busy on..

It's called a Tango Skiff.
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Here's a pretty skiff with a practical motor well....
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