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Old 03-07-2018, 11:03 AM   #15
Dougcole
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City: Carrabelle, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Morgan
Vessel Model: '05 Mainship 40T
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We have a Caribe Light 11 with a 20hp Zuki which we keep on the swim platform via modified trick davits. I know a ton of people have posted to your thread with lot's of good options, but since we both have the same big boat, I figured my experience might be relevant.

The Caribe has been good, ours is a 2007, it holds air great (I treated it with a pour in sealer 2 months ago and haven't pumped it up since), but it is starting to look pretty rough.

I'm a few years off, but I will likely go with either a 12' Aluminum AB or a 12' aluminum Highfield. I like that AB leaves the aluminum bare. I'm concerned about the long term durability of the powder coating on the Highfields. We are hard on a dinghy, dragging it onto beaches frequently.

12' will stick out a little wider than the transom so I'll have to be careful docking.

I don't notice much performance difference in the big boat with the dinghy on or off.

Hope that helps.
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