Originally Posted by BandB
Might be one reason we don't have in the drink from the dink. We have a safety procedure which says the dinghy is always tied, front and back, to the platform before you board it. No dinghy floating away as you are about to step. Staples are great for tying.
We used to have 11' inflatable w/ 8 hp Nissan o/b (see avatar). It was fun but limiting as to weight of people/items carried, local harbors/places to get to quickly for partying while Tollycraft is anchored, and storage of motor and the inflatable itself. Sipped gas.
For 6 + years we've had a tow behind, closed bow, mono hull runabout... 14'8" Crestliner with 50 hp Johnson (see attached). She's fairly quick [39.6 mph with just one) as well as being comfortable, dry and can hold four grown ups as well as items. Linda and I cruise her at 25 mph... = 20+/- mpg - not bad at all!
Currently we're looking at a 1976, 16' open bow, tri hull w/ 115 hp Johnson... just as cherry as our 1975 Crestliner and its 50 hp Johnson. This (new to us) tri hull baby could make a fine tow behind runabout and should be able to get into the low to mid 40's mph top-end range with just one person. Will also be able to carry more people and items. Fuel usage will probably drop down to 10 +/- mpg while cruising - not too shabby! My high performance muscle car - 67 Wildcat - doesn't do much better... especially when I have my foot in her 4-BBL Rochester Carb - which is often!! lol