Asymptote, on 07 Jan 2015 - 10:33, said:
So, what ever happened to the good old-fashioned actual dinghy?
I tow a 9' fiberglass dinghy that rows like a dream and can carry three adults, plus gear bags or groceries. All at once.
You can put on a trolling motor or row at a nice steady clip with actual oars for great distances.
You can go fishing in it and anchor it.
It tows like a dream sitting on the face of the second stern wave and has been towed in 30 knots without shipping any water.
It tucks up nicely in a mooring slip.
It pulls up nicely on to beaches.
You can literally jump into it from on deck, or more gracefully just step on board from the rail or a ladder.
You will never fall off of it.
It will sit nicely on the foredeck for long term storage or for a really lumpy passage. Two people or a halyard lift.
In other words, it surpasses all of the kayak, SUP options by almost any test.
Nothing wrong with actual hard dinghies, but that's not what this thread is about.
If you don't think a Kayak or SUP isn't the appropriate tender, don't get one, but why bitch when others do?
SUP's and Kayaks have a different 'fun factor' that may sway some decisions. Ever surfed your hard shell boat? Ever had to avoid landing because of breakers?
Storage is different for everyone. I'd lose the whole foredeck on my 28 footer to a hard dink, but an inflatable can be rolled and stowed. If I could store it under the boom, I'd reconsider (gonna need a bigger boat).
For that matter, I can stow a kayak or two inside for passages (or when away from the boat). Or even put both on the foredeck and still open the hatch for air.
Personally, I've never been big on towing a dinghy, it can get pretty rough where I sail... or maybe it's my old racer roots showing.
And finally, "Rows like a dream" means something different to everyone. I googled that phrase, and got long shells, whitehalls and tubby little boxes all on the same page.
Same goes for "light and easy to haul onto the boat". One person can easily ship a plastic kayak.
Guess that's why there are so many different types of boats.