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Old 11-05-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Flotation collar for dinghy

I have about had it with my inflatable dinghy, but have had some bad experiences with hard dinghies not being very stable. A friend suggested a "floatation collar." Frankly, I have never heard of such an animal. Anyone have any experience with them? Do they do the job? I would prefer a hard dinghy if I can get into it from the swim platform without first taking a bath.
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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Walker Bay makes a hard dinghy (maybe two) to which an optional inflatable tube arrangement can be fitted around the gunnels. Have a look at their site to see how that works... Looks reasonable, on paper...

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Old 11-05-2014, 05:58 PM   #3
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Walker Bay makes a hard dinghy (maybe two) to which an optional inflatable tube arrangement can be fitted around the gunnels. Have a look at their site to see how that works... Looks reasonable, on paper...

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Actually, I was thinking of building a dinghy from a kit, mostly just for the experience, and was curious as to whether or not the flotation collars actually work as well as advertised.
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:59 PM   #4
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Here's an aussie collar system. The videos of the tinny in the surf are quite astounding. I know this particular brand probably isn;t much good to a US resident, but at least you can see how a collar product performs.

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Old 11-05-2014, 06:21 PM   #5
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One nice thing it will keep the hard hull of the dinghy from banging on your boat or when visiting other boats.
I did see an Aluminum skiff the owner had fatened small fenders , 3-4" dia, end to end all the way around. Sounds horrible but it didn't look bad at all.

or this, seems huge, Dinghy too tippy? Add Dinghy Dogs
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Actually, I was thinking of building a dinghy from a kit, mostly just for the experience, and was curious as to whether or not the flotation collars actually work as well as advertised.
John you could buy my Walker Bay cheap and add the flotation collar
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So, what's wrong for you with a functional, plastic-tub Walker?
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I drilled holes near the gunnel of Algae and attached fenders along the sides. It's a low-cost alternative, and offers stability to my 7' hard dink. But it's not pretty. I suspect if you had newer, spiffier fenders yours will look much better than mine does.

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For the record, I can stand inside (at the bottom) and the boat does not flip. It's always fun watching folks watch me -- waiting for the splash. Hasn't happened yet.

Oh yes, and when it rained and the dink fill to the gunnels, the boat did not sink. She would not have supported my weight though.
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Been debating with myself to add flotation collars to my 8-foot Trinka. Having a poor sense of balance, think they would be beneficial. Thinking of contacting the manufacturer for its recommendation.
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Janice's picture is like what I mentioned in post,#5
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John you could buy my Walker Bay cheap and add the flotation collar
Problem there is that I am in Florida, and you are in Tennessee. Now, I am going to be in Charleston, S.C. this weekend, with a U-Haul trailer (my sister is donating some furniture to my bachelor self to brighten up my doublewide) so if that resonates let me know. :-)
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So, what's wrong for you with a functional, plastic-tub Walker?
Hey don't knock the Walker I'm trying to sell it here .
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Problem there is that I am in Florida, and you are in Tennessee. Now, I am going to be in Charleston, S.C. this weekend, with a U-Haul trailer (my sister is donating some furniture to my bachelor self to brighten up my doublewide) so if that resonates let me know. :-)
At $350 it might be worth the extra miles.
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Hey don't knock the Walker I'm trying to sell it here .
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I have about had it with my inflatable dinghy, but have had some bad experiences with hard dinghies not being very stable. A friend suggested a "floatation collar." Frankly, I have never heard of such an animal. Anyone have any experience with them? Do they do the job? I would prefer a hard dinghy if I can get into it from the swim platform without first taking a bath.
Have you tried a small RIB? To me a rib is very much like a small dinghy with an inflatable collar. I have both a small inflatable and a small Achilles RIB and there is no comparison in comfort and stability even though the RIB is just about the same size.

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Here's an aussie collar system. The videos of the tinny in the surf are quite astounding.
Kapten Boat Collar - works like a hot damn! (Contacted them once by email about shipping, but a tad pricey to Canada for my frugal tastes)

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Been debating with myself to add flotation collars to my 8-foot Trinka. Having a poor sense of balance, think they would be beneficial. Thinking of contacting the manufacturer for its recommendation.
Here's what the Mini-Coot needs.



BTW, I delivered that "package" to your boat. It's hidden under the towel in the cockpit.
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We have an Eastport Pram built from a Chesapeake Light Craft Kit which we really like. It will transport me, my wife, and our dog, very satisfactorily. We row it instead of using a motor.

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Actually, I was thinking of building a dinghy from a kit, mostly just for the experience, and was curious as to whether or not the flotation collars actually work as well as advertised.

Yep, didn't mean to suggest buying the WB hard dink -- although I tend to like 'em, in theory; the optional sailing rig looks like fun for passing some time at anchor.

But it might be that their attachment system -- and maybe even their collar -- could be fitted to whatever you end up with.

We shopped pretty hard on the 10' WB hard model, but I just couldn't make the beam work on our transom mount.... which already carries our dinghy aft in a cantilevered system. (Ended up with the WB Genesis RIB instead, which has many useful features of it's own.)

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I have about had it with my inflatable dinghy, but have had some bad experiences with hard dinghies not being very stable. A friend suggested a "floatation collar." Frankly, I have never heard of such an animal. Anyone have any experience with them? Do they do the job? I would prefer a hard dinghy if I can get into it from the swim platform without first taking a bath.
these guys made collars for dinghies but I didn't see them lately...they even make tube for jet skis...

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