- 16/06/2007 at 8:36 pm #6467
I have a small 3 person inflatable dinghy designed for lakes, that I was thinking of using in the sea for short periods, initially only going15/08/2007 at 6:35 pm #8425
Not that safe. Especially if it is a soft hull.
Keep it to calm sheltered water near the shore and you would be fine. Unless playing in the surf I would not take it into any wave.
The problem is, if you get into a a decent offshore current you might not be able to paddle fast enough to get back to land. These things often have very inefficient hull designs.30/01/2008 at 6:12 pm #10113
As miliwolf says, not a very good idea – certainly could be problematic or dangerous unless you know the tidal area/current spots very well, as if you are caught by a good current you will struggle to get ashore.
Some dinghies come with a transom plate which can take up to a 2.5hp engine, but even then I would stay close to shore.
Best to hire a rigid boat with engine and VHF in case things go wrong.
Don’t forget the lifejackets – here in Guernsey most boaters would not venture out without them.
I certainly wouldn’t take my fisher/cruiser out without setting an example myself and making sure everyone has theirs on.
A lake is a very different scenario to the sea – be careful.
Spongebob30/01/2008 at 6:15 pm #10114
Just seen the time date on Boogers submission – guess I’m a bit late there guys!
Hope it all worked out for Booger without incident!!01/02/2008 at 4:05 am #10126
I decided it wouldn’t be wise to use it in the sea at all.
Thanks for the reply
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