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    Default How many fiberglass boat guys dont have a dingy?

    Pro of coarse is you can get to shore and its a safety net of sorts. Cons take up space. Cumbersome. I just bout a fiberglass boat 26' and dont really have the room. Should i make room?

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    Not a glass boat, but a wood/composite boater. While it certainly is possible to go to shore without a dinghy, you'll likely find that if you enjoy exploring various locals a dinghy is a must.
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    I have a 23' trophy and normally only do day trips mostly out of Homer.I don't carry a dinghy on board.
    We have decided to try to hit Whittier this year for some shrimp,rockfish and whatever else we can find and spend some more time overnighting on the boat in general.
    I bought a cheap sevylor raft to try out for now. I know most guys say they are cheap junk. I figured it definetly saves space and it is a heck of a lot cheaper than most dinghy's. It should last me until I find a good deal on a better dinghy.I don't have a dog to take to shore twice a day so that isn't an issue for me either.
    I think if you plan to overnight on your anchor then you will want one. For day trips it isn't really neccessary.
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    Chris pretty much summed it up in his last sentence. If you are wanting to get to shore, then you will want a way to do it without having to put your 26' glass boat on the beach. maybe one of those little kayaks?
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    I have a 31' uniflite and only take my dingy if I know I'm staying over night. Otherwise, I have my emergency raft with me always...
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    A packraft is something that might work well for your situation. Deflate it and put away when you don't need it, but pretty quick to inflate.
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    To throw another spin on things..say your crusing and hit something...have ran friends and the family through drills. Takes me about 30 secs to get boat in the water, another 45secs for kids and wife along with bugout/suvival kit. (took me longer to get over the knot on my head from the boat paddle when she realized it was a drill and the boat was not sinking..lol)

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    I like the safety aspect of another boat on board. Ive got the toom for an 8'6 dingy on the front without too much hassle i may go that route. Ive got a 12' zodiac but its just to big for the front. Ill try to trade that out for a smaller one i believe. I dont think a dingy is nessecary but does open alot of doors. Thanks fellas.

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    I take my inflatable with me only on overnighters. I don't really have a place for mine either but I take it out deflated and rolled up. When I get to where I plan to stay I inflate and use it. I can put it in the back of the boat when I move from one place to another but it takes up most of the deck I just push it back into the water when I get to the new spot and just tow it if I am motoring slow.

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    I'm also thinking about the issue of a dingy. Thinking about going bear hunting this May out of Whittier in the Wooldridge. Definitely a lack of space and no need to have one to access the shore. Tides are always an issue, don't want to get stranded on the wrong beach at the wrong time. Peace of mind from having a second boat would be great.

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    I'm going to +1 my vote for a dinghy for safety's sake, if nothing else. Or gumby survival suits for all aboard (and the skill & regular drills for correctly donning quickly in an emergency). In the event of a fire or catastrophic flooding situation, without at least one of these two means of abandoning ship without entering the water unprotected, there is an excellent chance that everyone aboard will perish. Sure, you might get off a distress call in time, and there might be another vessel close enough to response quickly, or you might happen to be close enough to shore when something happens that you can swim for it and not be hypothermic by the time you get there.

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    Got a swim platform? I have davits on mine and just attach it, pull it up on it's side and away I go......

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    I bought the 13 ft fishing Kayak to use as a dingy 45# may make a rocket launcer braket to carry it on top in the future. On my 20 Ft Koffler Soft top

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    I've got a small West Marine raft for a dinghy, but I don't carry it very often, as room is at a premium. However, I always carry my life raft. As someone already noted, you don't want to go into the water.

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