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Old 04-08-2017, 11:21 AM   #1
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Jet skis?

I just did a search on here and found nothing about them. How practical or impractical would it be to use one like a dinghy?
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Old 04-08-2017, 11:38 AM   #2
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Only you can determine that.

Carrying things like groceries, bicycles, friends, setting a kedge, etc could be done...but worth it to you?
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There are a few prior dingy threads, see what people see in dingies and apply to a jet ski if you are familiar with jet skis.
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A PWC wouldn't work for us as a dinghy. We tow a 13' Whaler and, while it sometimes is a PITA when we're docking, a PWC would be pretty much the same PITA.


It would be much harder to carry stuff on a PWC than just about any other kind of dinghy.
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I just did a search on here and found nothing about them. How practical or impractical would it be to use one like a dinghy?
I've not really seen them used in place of a dinghy. Larger boats often carry them but in addition to tenders of other types.

If just wanting to explore, they would work fine. However, carrying things not so good. Also, one thing to keep in mind, is that more and more places are restricting and/or banning them.

We don't carry them but carry jet RIB's. Jet ski's aren't small and compared to most dinghies carried by members here, weigh more. A Yamaha EX Deluxe, among their smaller models, is 10'3" by 3'7" and weighs 599 pounds. You can have a very nice RIB that weighs that or less, same length, and not that much wider.
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Is there anything more annoying?
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A Jet ski would be like like any other water toy, fun but not really functional as a dinghy. I would put them in the same class as a kayak, paddle board, and even sailing dinghies only heavier, louder, more expensive, smellier, and a whole lot faster.

Nothing wrong with toys. I have carried kayaks on my boats and I have a sailing dinghy complete with the sailing rig on my boat. Sure I have tried to justify my sailing dinghy be being able to row it, put my outboard on it, and it can hold a few people, but it really is a toy.
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Yes....
In their element they are fun....

Wrong place or wrong time, annoying.

But so can many things in life be if at the wrong place or wrong time.
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Don't believe they would work well as a substitute for a normal dinghy.

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About three years ago 5 guys rode jet skis from Washington to Sitka in just a few days time. No need for a dinghy.
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jet skis are not really that practical for use as a tender. For a number of years we alternately carried a jet ski or a moderate sized RIB and the jet ski was pretty limited. For the most part you get wet, cold and have limited passenger capacity, the ski is tippy and not suitable for pets, groceries, going slow or just drifting. They are great at going fast and the 3 place 4 stroke units can tow a skier , a tube and are pretty quiet without smoke or slicks on the water.
The Ribs are much more universal in what they can do....
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My boat had two when I bought it. Never rode them. Groceries and supply runs are hard enough in a dingy. I'm in the PNW. Maybe it doesn't rain in Florida?
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Thank goodness they are banned in the San Juan Islands.
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About three years ago 5 guys rode jet skis from Washington to Sitka in just a few days time. No need for a dinghy.
Rather, no need for a trawler?
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I am considering a canoe. more stable than a kayak, can carry wife, dog and groceries. places that moor are close to shore so I shouldn't need power. outboards can be a pain if neglected, need attention and are popular with thieves. nobody is stealing a canoe.
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I have seen jet skis being used for fishing with pretty good sized coolers on them.

Certainly large enough for a couple days to week of groceries for a couple.

They can be very stable depending on model but are heavy compared to an inflatable of similar size.

Good dingy? Definitely depends on your needs...out of the question? Surely not, unless you just hate them like some.
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Supercharged jet ski is the best fun an over 50 yo male can have with his pants on
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Supercharged jet ski is the best fun an over 50 yo male can have with his pants on
...and driving a fire truck!
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