Polyethylen dinghy

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Igor Stropnik, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. Igor Stropnik
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    I am looking for manufacturer or dealer of yellow dinghy on the picture. I took a picture as I loved the boat.

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  2. Mr Efficiency
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    It's tiny, 2.5m possibly. I wonder how the colour holds up in harsh sunlight conditions, some say black is the only one that holds its appearance, but must be too hot for comfort.
     
  3. Igor Stropnik
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    It was owned by cruising boat from Swiss and the picture is taken on USVI. So the boat had to be on the sun for a while and still looked very good.
     
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    Probably less a problem away from the tropics, but I notice the green ones get a washed out appearance over time. Handy little thing, getting quite complex shapes with the roto-moulding method, the material is very abrasion resistant, unlike a painted hull.
     
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  7. clmanges
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    It seems a little silly to me for anyone to emulate the shape of a RIB in poly. Wastes an awful lot of space in its length and width. The Whaly 210 makes more sense. Not sure if they couldn't give it a more efficient hull shape while they're at it. Those oar clips on the inside look painful.
     
  8. Barry
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    Bullfrog makes one out of Washington. They foam fill the tubes and attach an aluminum floor. White or white are the color choices, so no color fade.
    Perhaps a little heavier to manhandle but the half round tube profile increases the inside width and space tremendously. You can see that advantage here
     
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    I sorta agree about emulating shape of inflatable in non-inflatable application. However, I've noticed that swamped inflatables seem very seaworthy with big ring of distributed buoyancy VS conventional "shell" boats. Also, the RIB shape is better for casual seating, and boarding from the water from the side.
    What bothers me about the red faux RIB is protruding side rope mounts. Igor's yellow faux RIB has them more recessed, so you would slither up into boat from water without gouging ribs.

    PortlandPudgy boat seems nice. But every Life Raft has big box shaped self-filling ballast units on the bottom, because no doubt many abandon ships happen in rough weather. Should be a feature of any Life Boat. Could be added on to a Pudgy with rows of 1gal jugs and rope run through handles along the sides.
     

  10. clmanges
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    I took a close look at those not long ago, and I don't think they'd need any ballast. For starters, the shape of the boat makes it pretty hard to flip, but if it does it can be righted by means of the handles built into the keel, and it comes up dry.

    I went on a long search for bad reviews of it (something I do first with any new product I take an interest in) and couldn't find much.
     
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