Ranging from sleek wooden skiffs to ungainly folding
corracles, one sees many kinds of rigid dinghy being trailed behind
passing yachts or used to make trips ashore.
days, computer-generated designs allow the creation of purpose-built
craft, planned for the best compromise between fore-deck space,
cargo capacity (bags of shopping and other objects) and ease of propulsion without a drenching.
Still, a great many rigid dinghies are difficult to stow and heavy to
lift. We were recently loaned a dinghy which came in two halves,
for ease of stowage. A brilliant idea but we had a great deal of
difficulty managing it on the water.
Probably our inexpertise was at
fault and we were truly grateful for the loan as, without it, we would
have been completely stuck. It had the advantage of a large capacity for
people and shopping without requiring much room on the fore-deck
and we probably would have become accustomed to using it in time!
The world seems to be fairly evenly split between lovers of the
traditional wooden yacht tender and the more modern low-maintenance
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