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Do It In A Dinghy!

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Do It In A Dinghy!
They all look alike...or DO they?
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Ever wonder how to get ashore from your anchored boat? How do you take your dog on shore patrol? Do it in a DINGHY!! But just buying a dinghy is not that simple. What is the mission of the dinghy and how will you store it aboard?

Your dinghy is the Lunar Rover to your mother ship when you are at anchor. And, it can be your weekend sports car when you just don't want to take the big boat from the dock. Speaking of big boat, the size of your boat will often determine the size of your dinghy. 

You have quite a few more choices to make besides will it fit. Whether going ashore to explore the local landscape or making the mandatory grocery run, your dinghy must be the right tool for the job at hand. So this significant decision should consider how you plan to use your dinghy the majority of the time. Will you go fast with a large horsepower outboard or dawdle slowly with a light weight small horsepower?

What about gasoline? Here in Florida we enjoy REC 90 (Recreational) gas,  90 Octane without that nasty ethanol additive. We even have REC 90 available at automotive gas stations making it easier to gas up your trailer boat or lawnmower at home.

Instead of reading more, take a look at the video below where we meet a real cruiser in her dinghy full of groceries. Then follow along as we scan the dinghy dock and check out the different state registrations. For another perspective read one more dinghy article on our website with additional photos to give you food for here.

And don't forget our Dinghy Seminar at Trawler Fest.

Where can you store a dinghy on your boat?
Is your upper deck or aft deck roof strong enough to hold the weight of your planned dinghy? And do you have a davit already installed?
Consider this SeaWise davit on your swim platform. They say that the closer you store your dinghy to the water the more often you will use it. Just who is THEY that say it? OOPS! the gas tank is upside down and could leak.
Don't forget the oars. This trolling motor is battery powered, is quiet but will only go slow. Make sure you have enough charge in the battery to get back home.
If the Coast Guard stops you with 4 people aboard this dinghy...what can you say?
REC 90 gas is the preferred fuel for all small engines.
Make sure your outboard is secured on the dinghy. This locking device slides across both of the screwed down clamps to prevent theft. The key hole on the padlock should be pointed down as shown to keep salt and dirt out.
Our navy canvas chaps not only protect our dinghy from the sun's rays or barnacles on a piling but also make ours stand out from a crowd of similar colored dinghies at the dinghy dock.

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