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Old 05-10-2018, 03:02 PM   #1
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12' fiberglass dinghy options

I'm looking to replace the pig rubber ducky I have with likely a fiberglass 12' dinghy. Candidates need to row well (rubber duckies don't). While I will row it some, much of the use will be with an outboard. Not looking for the dinghy to plane, but it needs to be able to negotiate 1 to 2' seas.

Presently considering a Gig Harbor 12' Point Defiance. Curious what other boats might be available in that size from other stock or custom manufacturers.

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Is this going to be the primary dinghy? I'm not sure I would want to have to bring one of those into a dinghy dock all the time. I'm sure it's very doable. I'd like the idea of an inflatable and the Gig Harbor. I love the idea of something that I could row, sail, or mount a motor on.

Walker Bay makes a 10', but it doesn't look nearly as cool as the Gig Harbor.

The Dyer Dink is 10' as well.

Portland Pudgy is only 7"8"

Cape Dory's are in 10' and 14'

I can't find much that is 12'. Custom built is an option.
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I have the next size down from the Pt Defiance. It is the Navigator. I’ve been very happy with it. Rows and sails well. Runs very nicely with my Torqeedo outboard.

I can’t get rid of my RIB because my wife would capsize the Navigator as she has become used to the stability of a RIB.
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This. Great boats. Have been in rowing and power; good folks.

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I’ve always admired the Trinka 12. They used to be built in Miami and I got to know the builder, Mark Johannsen, pretty well. The Trinka 12 Yacht Tender
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Weight and rough handling ability would make Aluminum a better choice than GRP.
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We had a Gig Harbor Navigator also. It sailed great, was a pleasure to row but performance was fair with our OB. I guess two out of three isn’t bad though.

I’d try to find something that wasn’t designed as a sailing dinghy first if your primary perpulsion is a motor.
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While it's bigger than you were probably thinking, the livingston 12 that we tow/use by itself, has been a joy. I've not rowed it yet but it comes with oar locks. Ours is rated to 25hp. We've got a 20 on there and it will plane with 4 light people. The rough water abilities far exceed any other 12er I've seen. And of course, the space inside is awesome.
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We have a GH 14' Whitehall. Rows really well, not so sure how good it would be with an Outboard.
While I will row it some, much of the use will be with an outboard.

With that being the case, I would really consider an aluminum Tinnie. My choice would be a welded Tinnie like the Gregor. We used to use a 12' Valco as a tender, but changed over to a 13' Gregor (no longer available). Great to fish out of, explore with and will row.
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Tinnie’s don’t sail. Nor do Livingstons.
The Stur-dee looks like a planing dory-skiff.
Here’s my Point Defiance.
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While it's bigger than you were probably thinking, the livingston 12 that we tow/use by itself, has been a joy. I've not rowed it yet but it comes with oar locks. Ours is rated to 25hp. We've got a 20 on there and it will plane with 4 light people. The rough water abilities far exceed any other 12er I've seen. And of course, the space inside is awesome.
I have the same boat with a 15hp planes with 2 people very easy and really handles waves well
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I have an 8’ “Fatty Knees”, I think they make a larger model. It’s the nicest dink I ever had in over 60 years of boating. It is stable & rows very well and has an optional sailing adder. I think it’s also the best looking dink.
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The “Fatty Knees” also has a spot for an outboard & goes very nicely with a 3 hp.
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Indeed 1sailor,
A FD dinghy doesn’t need even 2hp. In post #10 my FD dinghy is at half throttle or less w a 4hp engine. Same engine (powerhead) as the OMC 3hp.
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