I had do quite a bit of research back in 1994-5 to find out what was the best size and type of dinghy to take with us. At that time the RIB was still very new and cost thousands of dollars, so that was out. I read a ton of books and articles about dinghies and the whys and what-fore's. There were lots of opinions and I had to sift through them all and in the end like everyone else decide for myself what I could afford and what would work.
Some people swore by a rigid, wood or fiberglass, plank built boat. It made some sense to me but I felt that it would be too hard to get on and off Mouse Pad's deck. I also have a lot of reservations about beaching that type of boat.
It was not an easy or quick decision to make...
Some of the questions I had to answer were...
- What size should it be?
- Seal type?
- Floor material?
Some of the answers I cam up with are...
- 13 ft. or better, but no more than 15 ft. as that was the max I could get on the foredeck.
- welded seams, not glued
- Neoprene was best but it was also expensive
- again welded not glued
I ended up purchasing a new Avon for the following reasons...
- Material - rugged and resistant to the Suns rays
- Construction - welded seams that will not leak easily and resist scruffs and scrapes
- 10 year warrantee - no one else offered anything over 5 years
- Size - so it could be beached without tipping over
Avon dinghy stowed on foredeck ready for a trip
Avon in side for cleaning - shows solid aluminum floor for diving equipment
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