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Old 12-20-2016, 07:28 PM   #1
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Curious if anyone can comment on GIG rowing boats as a tender? I like the 10' customized a little to make it show nice and can live with the 6 knots using a 2hp OB. The option of rowing for exercise makes this these boats an interesting alternative to the typical RIB. Thanks

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Curious if anyone can comment on GIG rowing boats as a tender? I like the 10' customized a little to make it show nice and can live with the 6 knots using a 2hp OB. The option of rowing for exercise makes this these boats an interesting alternative to the typical RIB. Thanks

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John are you talking about the Gig Harbor Boat works 10'?
https://www.ghboats.com/boats/boats-.../10-navigator/

Interesting timing as I was looking at these just the other day. I have seen their boats and they are really very nice. I learned to sail in a similar boat, a 9' Minto. (Btw, there are a couple folks making those again).

My interest was renewed last week when a new patient are in the office. She is a woman close to 80 years old who had one made for herself to use as a tender on she and her husbands sailboat. She had them customize it so it would nest. That way it fits nicely on their sailboat before the mast. They tow it much of the time except if they are going to be crossing big water when they put it up on deck. She couldn't say enough nice things about her boat. She says rows exceptionally well and she loves sailing it. I figure that if an 80 year old woman can handle it, then I probably could as well.

My thought was to tow it or hoist it up on the boat deck nested. It would take up little room and give me a nice rowing boat as well as fun sailor. It would also work great with my Torqeedo electric motor.

My RIB is nice but it and the motor are not matched well enough for it to plane. So I don't go fast anyway unless I want to spring for a different motor. The RIB doesn't row well, nor does it tow well, and it can't be sailed.
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:49 PM   #3
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Our dinghy is a Trinka 10. I know nothing about the Gig boats mentioned but I will say that the Trinka is a great dinghy. It rows very nicely, it sails very,very nicely and it cruises along with our 3 hp Yamaha in style.
These are not inexpensive though. The people who build them are great to deal with and they will perform little modifications with a smile.
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Our dinghy is a Trinka 10. I know nothing about the Gig boats mentioned but I will say that the Trinka is a great dinghy. It rows very nicely, it sails very,very nicely and it cruises along with our 3 hp Yamaha in style.

These are not inexpensive though. The people who build them are great to deal with and they will perform little modifications with a smile.

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The Trinka is a very highly thought of dinghy. Are you going to use it on your American Tug as well?
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John are you talking about the Gig Harbor Boat works 10'?
https://www.ghboats.com/boats/boats-.../10-navigator/

Interesting timing as I was looking at these just the other day. I have seen their boats and they are really very nice. I learned to sail in a similar boat, a 9' Minto. (Btw, there are a couple folks making those again).

My interest was renewed last week when a new patient are in the office. She is a woman close to 80 years old who had one made for herself to use as a tender on she and her husbands sailboat. She had them customize it so it would nest. That way it fits nicely on their sailboat before the mast. They tow it much of the time except if they are going to be crossing big water when they put it up on deck. She couldn't say enough nice things about her boat. She says rows exceptionally well and she loves sailing it. I figure that if an 80 year old woman can handle it, then I probably could as well.

My thought was to tow it or hoist it up on the boat deck nested. It would take up little room and give me a nice rowing boat as well as fun sailor. It would also work great with my Torqeedo electric motor.

My RIB is nice but it and the motor are not matched well enough for it to plane. So I don't go fast anyway unless I want to spring for a different motor. The RIB doesn't row well, nor does it tow well, and it can't be sailed.
Yes, this is the boat. Interesting to hear your story. I plan to research them more. Thanks
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Our dinghy is a Trinka 10. I know nothing about the Gig boats mentioned but I will say that the Trinka is a great dinghy. It rows very nicely, it sails very,very nicely and it cruises along with our 3 hp Yamaha in style.
These are not inexpensive though. The people who build them are great to deal with and they will perform little modifications with a smile.
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Thanks for this information. I just looked at their site and the boats appear to offer a little more room inside. Things are getting interesting with this search.

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The Trinka is a very highly thought of dinghy. Are you going to use it on your American Tug as well?
We will do our shakedown cruise with our 10 year old "Bermuda" roll up inflatable. It was purchased so that after we got to Bermuda, we'd have a dinghy with us to cruise the local scene.

When we get home, we will bring out the trinka. It is a great dinghy. I will have to decide between the Trinka made teak chock system or something like Weaver stands to secure it on the upper deck but it will certainly be our dinghy.

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The eight-foot Trinka is a great one-person dinghy.

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The eight-foot Trinka is a great one-person dinghy.

I've never met a Trinka owner who did not love their dinghy...
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I have a Great Harbor 10 rowing dinghy that I can put my Torqeedo on. The Torqeedo woks well, but last summer I bought a pair of Shaw and Tenney spoon blade oars. They make rowing my dinghy a joy. I think I used the motor once after buying the oars.

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I have a Great Harbor 10 rowing dinghy that I can put my Torqeedo on. The Torqeedo woks well, but last summer I bought a pair of Shaw and Tenney spoon blade oars. They make rowing my dinghy a joy. I think I used the motor once after buying the oars.
Aaaah, that's a nice set of oars!
I'm thinking of making a set of oars next summer when we get home from the shakedown cruise. If I do, your oars will be my inspiration!
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Curious if anyone can comment on GIG rowing boats as a tender? I like the 10' customized a little to make it show nice and can live with the 6 knots using a 2hp OB. The option of rowing for exercise makes this these boats an interesting alternative to the typical RIB. Thanks

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John,
If the Gig Harbor 10 has a FD anything like my 12' GH Defiance it will not reach hull speed w 2hp or any similar engine. The 10 (probably 9'6'' WLL) will have a hull speed of 4 knots. The 10' Gig Harbor may have a semi-planing hull that would make hull speed w a 3 or 4hp OB working hard. But unless you're working the 2hp OB hard you're looking at 1hp. I have a 2hp Yamaha and the noise working hard is not pleasant.
I'm not familiar w the 10' GH boat so it may have a semi-planing hull and thus may be capable of more speed .. perhaps 5 .. or even 6 knots w a 5 or 6hp OB.
We have a yellow sailboat semi-planing hull dinghy (see pic) that ran about 7 or 8 knots cruising w a 6hp 2cyl Johnson OB. But the yellow dink is nowhere near a FD hull. Look at how the bottom of the dink aft runs upward as one goes aft. As a FD hull the bottom would run upwards to the extent that the transom would be out of the water as my 12' GH Defiance is. But my yellow dink would only have her transom out of the water at rest w no one or any other weight in the boat. But w a planing hull (having a straight run aft from ahmidships) the transom would be below the WL. The 10' GH is probably like my 10' yellow dink. A semi displacement hull.
The GH boats are great boats and you'll probably love it .. but probably at a considerably lower speed than your post suggests.
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Aaaah, that's a nice set of oars!
I'm thinking of making a set of oars next summer when we get home from the shakedown cruise. If I do, your oars will be my inspiration!
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Go long. I have 8 footers and they are a huge improvement from my old 7 footers.
So people say!
I'm sure I will post as I begin my project. Can't wait!
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I have a 14' gig harbor whitehall with a sliding seat and carbon fiber oars that I got last summer for an excuse to get out on the water and get some exercise. It is great and would make the sweetest dingy ever if you had a boat big enough to store it. Carbon oars are a huge improvement over the very nicely made spoon blade wood ones it came with. I have a 2hp Honda and it hauls ass on a comically small amount of fuel. I am convinced you could make it from Seattle to Alaska on a 5 gallon can of gas, but I can't convince my wife to try it with me.
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I just checked the Gig Harbor website and re the pics I saw the 10' Navigator appears to be a full displacement hull. So cruising speeds will be right about 3.5 knots. the hull speed of 4 knots isn't practical for a continuous cruise speed.
Call Gig Harbor and ask them. I saw a boat that I think was a Navigator and It had a 2hp Honda OB on it.
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I just checked the Gig Harbor website and re the pics I saw the 10' Navigator appears to be a full displacement hull. So cruising speeds will be right about 3.5 knots. the hull speed of 4 knots isn't practical for a continuous cruise speed.
Call Gig Harbor and ask them. I saw a boat that I think was a Navigator and It had a 2hp Honda OB on it.

They did some casual speed tests on two of their boats using a Yamaha 2 stroke 2hp motor. Their 9.5' Captains Gig topped out at 7.1 mph. The smaller 8' Nisqually reached 7.9 mph. They note that the operator had to move forward and use a tiller extension to get there and that someone heavier than the testers 165 lb would be slower. They felt a more reasonable speed with someone sitting aft might be 5.5 - 6.5 mph.

Neither of these are the 10-14' GH boats that we have discussed but I would imagine that my Torqueedo would likely push a 10' Navigator comfortably at 5.5 mph.

The 12' Pt. Defiance looks like a great boat but I don't know that it could be modified to be nested and it would likely be too big to fit comfortably on my boat deck.
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I have a Great Harbor 10 rowing dinghy that I can put my Torqeedo on. The Torqeedo woks well, but last summer I bought a pair of Shaw and Tenney spoon blade oars. They make rowing my dinghy a joy. I think I used the motor once after buying the oars.

http://hankhinckley.com/2ndpage.html

I don't suppose you know how fast the Torqeedo pushed it? Also, did you find that the Torqeedo worked well will the the dinghy in general?
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This could be a new thread but... How many folks are using a rigid rowing/sailing dinghy as a tender? If you do...

- What size and type do you use?
- How do you store it on your Trawler?
- How well does it tow?
- Do you use a motor on it and what type?
- How is the dinghy used most of the time?
- What downsides to using a boat like this for a tender?
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This could be a new thread but... How many folks are using a rigid rowing/sailing dinghy as a tender? If you do...

- What size and type do you use?
- How do you store it on your Trawler?
- How well does it tow?
- Do you use a motor on it and what type?
- How is the dinghy used most of the time?
- What downsides to using a boat like this for a tender?
  • Trinka 10
  • With our sailboat, we towed the dinghy. Obviously we left it home when we sailed offshore but we happily towed it across the Gulf of Maine 30 or so limes.
  • With its self bailing Elvstrom bailer and impeccable manners we never had any issue.
  • Yamaha 2 1/2 hp 4 stroke was primary engine until I found a pristine used Yamaha 3 hp 2 stroke. I didn't like the 4 stroke much, the angle of the Trinka transom caused it to smoke terribly when it started, much more than the 2 stroke smokes! The 2 stroke is also more tolerant of typical ethanol fuel. It sure does burn more fuel though!
  • Typical use is with the motor. We take our dogs ashore 2 or 3 times a day when cruising. It hauls dogs, people, groceries whatever is needed. In some places, we forgo the motor and row. Typically this takes place in small harbors where is is simply faster to leave the engine off and just go. We sail it infrequently but it is a blast to sail as it is sporty.
  • The biggest drawbacks to a hard dinghy are that it is relatively slow. It is a terrible boat to dive from and it requires that you have a sense of balance about you although my 84 year old father in law insists on continuing to use their 50 year old 8' Dyer dinghy (without an engine no less!) so it can be done!
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