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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 03:58 am
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So is this the dingy you're talking about?  http://www.livingstonboats.com/boats_75.asp 

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 04:05 am
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If the link in my previous message doesn't work, copy & paste into your browser and it should.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 02:56 pm
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I've been struggling with the dinghy issue too. I took one to SC on my last trip and ended up leaving it behind because it was too big to mess with at sea or to tow (an 8' Achilles LEX w/a Honda 2hp). By the end of the week I would have payed a lot  for a beat up kayak to get to shore instead of swimming. You got to think about what your going to use it for. A lot of boats out there are carrying sit on top kayaks for shore access. I traded my 8 footer for a much smaller and easier to put together 7 foot Achilles LT-2. It folds up to about the size of a suitcase. That's nice on a small boat. On another note: that little Honda 2 horse has got me through some tight spots. I use it mainly on my 16' sailboat here but it's also great little dinghy motor. A very reliable, lightweight 4 stroke.

Get one of Jerry's cruising guides. They are a valuable resource in many ways.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 15th, 2007 02:11 pm
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So, 2 HP Honda outboard is enough to move your 16' sailboat?  Makes me feel it would easily cover a dingy used as lifeboat and shore access.  I appreciate you referred to a kayak for shore access, I'd been considering that option.  Wouldn't think I'd want a kayak to rely on for lifeboat needs, but how about a kayak for shore access and then a lifeboat specific as well?  Are there lifeboats that are uninflated and then auto self or easily self inflate in panic situations?

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 Posted: Fri Nov 16th, 2007 01:43 am
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There are probably life rafts out there that come equipped with sat phones and espresso machines, and I bet they cost more than my sailboat. If your gunkholing your way around the SoC I think a kayak would work fine for shore access. I wanted a motorized dinghy to get to and from the marina to save on slip fees. Your right about a dinghy being a better life raft for sure.

If your going solo, I'd definately invest in a harness, tether and jackline. I wear a harness/inflating life-vest type rig. I can't imagine a worse predicament than watching my boat sail away while I'm treading water.

 

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