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Brian
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I need a bit of help in finding a little dinghy / tender.

It needs to fit in the back of my pickup truck
which is 4ft wide ( 1220 )  and max 3mts long.

The Dinghy needs to fit approx 2 adults and two children ( MAX )

I will be getting a little outboard for it.


Does anyone know who stocks these ?
I need to view one to make sure it fits.

Second hand one is fine if anyone knows of one for sale.

Many thanks in advance
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Brian,

We chose an inflatable tender.
They are easy to store (particularly the "air-deck" types), and very stable on the water which is no small consideration if you have a family.
Also, why not consider an electric outboard - totally quiet when slowly exploring side waters, no fumes and cheaper river tolls too.
We gently overtook a sailing cruiser (that was leaving Sth. Walsham Broad under sail) and the crew were astounded that they couldn't hear a thing.
We had so much in reserve that we could have left them in our wake.
The only downsides are storing, manhandling and charging the battery, but it beats storing petrol on board hands down.

Cheers,

E/boat Steve

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Many thanks for your reply Smile

I hadn't thought of a electric outboard.

Sounds far better than pulling a pull start every time.
To navigate other water ways ( in which outboards are not permitted)  would make a rather good adventure.



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May-21-2007 @ 10:31 AM                           Permalink
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quote:"......
I hadn't thought of a electric outboard.
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Better still, why not a sail. Another dimension to your boating holidays.

Robin
www.robin.me.uk

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Hi Brian,

How about this one?

Featured in the June edition of Classic Boat, it seems to do everything you want, and according to the article if you bought the wood tomorrow (Tuesday) you could be afloat by Friday!

Will take a 2-3 hp outboard too, and it would seem you can steer her just by leaning from side to side.

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May-21-2007 @ 11:24 AM                           Permalink
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Wo, slow down guys, before this goes too far.

No sail craft please. Far too much hard work for me LOL

Im still in two minds with this.

Dingy versus inflatable.

I need to Launch and revover by myself.

There are wheels you can for Dingies to enable you to push them about...

mmmmm  might pop over to Wroxham to browse Norfolk Marine and Fareway Leisure ........



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hi Brian will this suit your need not bad price outboard as well
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F120221/

what was that you said son "you just riped the rubbing strip of the transom" Mad  

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of you could try this not bad price and is on the broads as well
http://www.boatshop24.co.uk/ZndvODAzNzE0MH5wdnQ%253D%3D-AVON_2_50.html

what was that you said son "you just riped the rubbing strip of the transom" Mad  

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Walker Bay, advantage of a hard shell, inflatable collar for stability, row, sail, outboard. Check out the wbsite.
If you want real stability and security though, an airdeck inflatable is the way to go, we have both and the Walker Bay is good for a bit of fun sailing but I prefer the Airdeck inflatable as a working tender, electric outboards are OK but you can't beat the real thing, Our QS 270 will plane with one on board using a 4hp but will take up to a 10 hp so goodness knows what it would go like with one of those Gasp

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Many thanks for all your replies, in which i made many notes and then made a trip to wroxham.

First stop was Norfolk Marine, they had a good stock of Inflatables, but were over my budget and would not fit on the Pick up truck.

So then went to see Steve at Fine Way Smile

He had something just right.

It wont take the whole family at once, but i wanted to be able to move the boat and for it to fit in the back of the pickup...

So bought this...  ( pic soon )

and this to make it go .....  ( pic soon )



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