help with dinghy

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Hey guys need some help with whst kind of dinghy to take around australia I have atm a boat rack on my camper and I would like somethimg 3.6 to 4m in size but deep if you kno wat I mean any help would be great if need some sort of more info just say

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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:05

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:05
This question has been asked a number of times.....my summary of the previous responses seems to be the following three manufacturers. Have a look at:

ezytopper.com.au
quickboats.com
crossxcountry.com.au

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Jeffrey B2 - Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:11

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:11
I would probably go for a 375 Quintrex Dart. Good boat for most uses,
goes well in the rough stuff, needs 15-18 Hp. Motor. Not too heavy to lift when necessary, very seaworthy.
Or a 355 Quintrex dart, just under 12 feet, 15 Hp. Motor, bit lighter.

Have fun Haji-Baba.
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Reply By: John E - Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:24

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:24
We have the Quintrex 375 Dart with 20hp Yamaha . Have found it excellent for bays, rivers and dams even in some rough weather.
Carry it on top of vehicle.
John
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Reply By: Robert O - Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:50

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:50
G,Day Debbie
I went through this process some time ago, I went through brochures and ordered the deepest 3.75 tinnie that I could find, it is a 4 Seasons Sea Sprite Have had it around Australia twice (and used it), it's a great tub, the 4 Season badged boats are difficult to track, I purchased mine from Burleigh Marine Qld. I was told they are a rebadged Stessco, looking at the Stesco website it appears to be the Bream 365, it is quite a heavy boat I had it built for a short shaft motor which means it has a deep cutout in the transom, in hindsight a longshaft would have been more suitable I also had the bow handles fitted flush on the gunnel and flat chequreplate fitted to the bow, these changes allow a flat top surface which makes it easier for loading on the Custom Boatloader
Hope this has been helpful
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Reply By: gbc - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 06:39

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 06:39
I wouldn't worry about 'deep' too much. The deep bits are out of the water catching wind.
Have a look at the Finn spindrift range of cats. They are small, extremely stable and extremely good in the ocean for what they are. I got the smaller version - 2.4m and run it with a 9.8 which is more than a tad overpowered. You're not going to flip/sink/damage one, and being flexible plastic they are 10 times easier to tie onto a roof rack than a tinny. They are also tougher. You seriously wouldn't want any bigger than 6 h.p. on one.
If it's crocs you're worried about, I think your perspective is a bit skewed thinking about using a cartopper, but then thinking one with sides a bit higher is going to be of any kind of benefit?
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Follow Up By: gbc - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 06:44

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 06:44
P.s. I got rid of a clark 3.66 clipper to get this, and also had a quintrex 375 explorer. Personally I think I made the right decision - the cat has a lower top speed on flat water but then keeps trucking through the rough stuff where the tinnys need to be driven continuously. The explorer was not happy at all in anything but sheltered water.
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:52

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:52
I did the research and came up with a Bluefin dingy, very well made, all welded and have been very happy with my decision.

Cart it around on the roof with a Custom Boat Loader and have a collapsible Mangrove Jack trailer (Licensed)

weight, sturdiness of construction and reputation was a big factor in these 3 purchases
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:53

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:53
I did the research and came up with a Bluefin dingy, very well made, all welded and have been very happy with my decision.

Cart it around on the roof with a Custom Boat Loader and have a collapsible Mangrove Jack trailer (Licensed)

weight, sturdiness of construction and reputation was a big factor in these 3 purchases
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Reply By: Member - bill f (QLD) - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:23

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:23
Hi, Went to the Emerald 4x4 & Outdoor Expo yesterday & saw a light weight dinghy there. From "Enlightened Boating". Way lighter than ally. A 12 ft open hull weighs only 30kg. A google search should find them. Bill
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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 12:24

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 12:24
I understand Enlightened Boating is the new business name for two of the businesses I mentioned in Reply 1 above.
Quote from website "CrossXcountry boats + EzyTopper boats have been integrated into a new company called ENLIGHTENED BOATING"
I have inspected the CrossXcountry range and was very impressed with them.
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Reply By: MickMew - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 20:29

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 20:29
When we did the Big Lap in 2007 we took an Allycraft 3.7 on top of the camper which was good but in my then ignorance I relied on boat wheels attached to the stern of the boat. I incorrectly thought that I could access the water from private facilities but this was rarely the case. As some of the posts have stated a collapsible trailer which lets you get to boat ramps on public roads is a must.

MickMew
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Follow Up By: Brian 01 - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 21:10

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 21:10
I went down a different path.
Rather than carry a trailer, I made a set of removable wheels and a drawbar for the boat, fitted a set of submersible lights on the back and got it approved and registered as a trailer as well as a boat so that I can legally tow it on a public road.
All up weight of the trailer modification is about 20kg, which is much lighter than a portable trailer, and because it can be carried assembled to the boat on the roof rack, I don't need to find anywhere to carry the bits.
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Reply By: MickMew - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 23:03

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 23:03
Have a look at this web page. Scroll to Boat n Easy.

http://www.flipneasy.com.au/

A great solution to the trailer problem.

MickMew
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