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Old 06-18-2014, 12:17 PM   #21
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Lightness is probably the most important feature of a dinghy.

And the best boat for lightness is an aluminum skiff.

The best engine for lightness is an older 2 stroke OB.

Eventually I'll get an 11 or 12 foot al skiff w an 8 hp OB for my 30' boat. It will carry more, weigh less, go faster and probably cost less than most all other dinghys.

But if your'e too lazy to hang fenders then a rubber duckie may be for you. The duckie will be more stable simply because they are wider. But why would one need more stability than an al skiff?
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:18 PM   #22
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Speed is really nice, it opens up a lot of uses you may not have thought of. We use ours for exploring, sometimes 10 to 20 miles from the boat. Much faster to run at 20 mph than 7knts.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:40 PM   #23
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Speed is really nice, it opens up a lot of uses you may not have thought of. We use ours for exploring, sometimes 10 to 20 miles from the boat. Much faster to run at 20 mph than 7knts.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:48 PM   #24
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Speed is really nice, it opens up a lot of uses you may not have thought of. We use ours for exploring, sometimes 10 to 20 miles from the boat. Much faster to run at 20 mph than 7knts.
+123558827 when going place to place with the sink we usually do 26kts. Like when we were in boat harbour we it took 10 mins to hop over to hope town for lunch.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:18 PM   #25
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The duckie will be more stable simply because they are wider. But why would one need more stability than an al skiff?

Lubbers who didn't grow up on small boats often appreciate greater stability, at least in their learning years.

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Old 06-18-2014, 03:26 PM   #26
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Lubbers who didn't grow up on small boats often appreciate greater stability, at least in their learning years.

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Quite true. Water vets like Eric probably have a built-in small-boat confidence from all those years of fishing and coping with wakes. For me, even sitting on the tube of my Caribe feels unsteady.
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Inflatable stability isn't fool proof, of course. We know, for instance, that a 90-lb First Mutt leaping off one end could launch an Admiral off the other.



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Old 06-20-2014, 06:54 AM   #28
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With advice gathered here (and there) We are probably going for a 9' RIB made by AB, with aluminum bottom and Hypalon fabric. The AB brand weighs 79 lbs. Also, we like the Lehr propane fired 9.9 hp. Which weighs about 90 lbs. and has electric start. Don't want to clutter the swim platform so we'll keep it on the flybridge. Going with the advice of Nic at the local inflatable store. He seems to really know this business.
Thanks to all of you for your advice, it really has helped to sort this out.
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Sounds like a good choice.

There are two versions of the Lehr 9.9 electric. One is a conventional electric start with a remote battery and the other has a lithium battery under the hood. If you're not going to try to run lights or electronics on the dinghy, the internal battery set up is very nice.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #30
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....... We are probably going for a 9' RIB ......
Is there anyway that you can get a test ride with the admiral in a 9' RIB with a 9HP 4 stroke? I urge you to do this because once you buy it, you are stuck with it.

That is what I presently have and it is really small even for 2 people. Neither myself nor the admiral are large people. The well under 90lb weight of my 9.8 Tohatsu still really keeps the stern down so balancing load is critical.
There is also the tiller handle space required to deal with.

I am looking for a 10' something or other in the way of a RIB or something like the Livingston 9' if only it had more freeboard.

Best of luck in whatever you buy.

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Please pardon me for my possible misunderstanding, but did you mean "or an aluminum skiff"?
Yes "or". My mistake.
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