> > > I'm interested in the Walker 8 dinghy but I'm puzzled by the way
> > > capacity is calculated. Supposedly, it can carry over 400 lbs. but the
> > > capacity drops to 235 lbs. when using a 2 hp motor.
> > > Since the 2 hp motor weighs only 17 lbs., where is the lost capacity
> > > going to?
> > > At any rate, all I want to do with it is use it as a fishing platform
> > > 500 yards from shore with my wife and I on it. Collectively, we weigh a
> > > grand total of 350 lbs.
> > 500 yards off what kind of shore? A small lake's shore? The Atlantic Ocean's
> > shore? Will you be subject to large wakes from passing boats?
> > Have you taken a look at the two little Dyer dinghies? They are just a little
> > larger, but might have more freeboard and capacity, be less tippy and less
> > likely to be swamped. They also were designed by Philip Rhodes, and are classic
> > looking.
> Apples and oranges, Harry.
> I hadn't heard of the Dyer, but after looking at the website, they seem very
> similar to the Davidsons we have around here. Beautiful boats, but:
> - twice the weight,
> - four times the cost, and
> - infinity-times the maintenance
> of a Walker Bay.
> If you want a quality, seaworthy, good-looking dinghy, and you're willing to
> pay for it, get a Davidson (or a Dyer). If you want an inexpensive little boat
> to play in, get a Walker Bay. (BTW, the Walker Bays ARE "full-flotation")
> And wear a life-jacket (in either case!)
Perhaps just a different perspective. I know how tippy dinghies are, and from my
experience, the Dyer is the least tippy of that size and style. I saw a Walker
Bay at a nearby boat supply store. The Dyers are minimalist enough for me, in
terms of safety. If the fellow who originally posted really wants to fish 500
yards out in the Potomac in a tiny boat, he probably should go for an Avon or
Common redneck household phrase: "Somebody jiggle that."