|Sea Gem's Current Tender|
Because the floor is inflatable, the dinghy flexes over waves rather than cuts through them, and because it has so much wetted surface (surface in contact with the water), it needs a lot of power (heavy outboard engines) to move even slowly, and any efforts to row or paddle it are inevitably graceless and futile. So, big outboard engines are the only means of propulsion, and we have come to detest big outboard engines. We don't like having to carry around an extra type of fuel (Sea Gem's engines run on diesel fuel and outboards use gas), they are a hassle to lower into the dinghy, and they require more maintenance than they are worth. We'd love to row the dinghy or use a small electric outboard, but neither method works with the inflatable, which is just too power hungry.
|Our Current Dinghy's Outboard Engines|
One feature we saw on many of the RIBs that we will definitely be adding to our next dinghy is a folding bimini top. Because our dinghy offers no shade, we bake in the sun while going from place to place, a problem that is exacerbated by the fact that our dinghy is slow. Watching people in RIBs zip around in the shade with smiling faces was enough for us to quickly conclude that it is time for a new dinghy. But if not a RIB, then what? More to come.