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10Ft - 12Ft Rigid Dinghy


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Hi

Can anyone recommend a 10ft or 12ft rigid dinghy that can be transport on the roof of my car.

Roof loading capacity is 100kg but I would prefer something lighter.

I want to be able to row the dingy or use a 5hp outboard engine (which I have already).

Also when driving with a dingy on the roof will it cause excessive wind noise?

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Derek

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Thanks for the links.

Just wish I had the time to attempt a self build.

2012 Bailey Pegasus 2 Verona + 2013 Kia Sorento KX-2 Auto

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I very nearly bought the Nestaway, it is beautifully constructed,

and easy to transport. I seem to remember it was around £1k

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A Mirror, designed to go on the roof of a car. I don't know if they are still made, but there were at least 100 000 of them, and they can be bought secondhand for peanuts.

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From my experience of having boats all my life your biggest problem is getting a boat on the roof . A 10-12ft boat being lifted to above your head and to head height is not easy unless you have a couple of Russian weight lifters to hand . I would not recommend a 10ft boat for off shore and 5hp engine again currents and wind .

An inflatable is lighter and easier to lift and can be stowed if needed for the winter or not used in the shed/garage.

 

I use a 10ft inflatable with a rigid floor and 6hp on inland waterways which I just take the flooring out and roll up in the boot to transport with the caravan.

 

Dave

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Dave, our first boat was a Mirror, in about 1967. We went to, I believe, Peterborough to pick it up, at the factory. My father bought the roofrack- two poles- from them, as well. I asked how it went on. The gentleman showed me how it was done.

 

That is to say, he explained how I should do it. I was 11, and averagely average. Nót a Russian weightlifter. Í managed it. .....and subsequently.

 

And nó, I would not take the thing offshore!

 

Tim

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A Mirror dinghy still weighs 50kg which is okay if your young enough to lift it above shoulder height onto a roof but I have lifted dinghys 40 yrs ago onto roofs but it is something to consider if you are on your own . My inflatable has wheels fixed to the transom to take the engine and stern weight but moving it is any distance can be a marathon carrying the front .

 

 

Something else to consider is when a engine is laid down a small amount of fuel is left in the carb usually and it will stink the car out with fumes if in the boot area . I put my engine and fuel tank in sealed black plastic sacks to help reduce the fumes in my car .

 

 

Dave

Edited by CommanderDave

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Isuzu D- Max Utah Auto

Elddis Crusader Storm 2000 Kgs, Unipart Royal Atlas Mover .

 

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Thanks for all your input.

I currently have a Honwave inflatable, I am just thinking about a change to a rigid dinghy.

2012 Bailey Pegasus 2 Verona + 2013 Kia Sorento KX-2 Auto

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