To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Dinghy Death and New Life

Our 2012 Walker Bay has finally become more liability than asset.

Here she is, waiting to get rolled up and ready to be unshipped.

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The high-pressure air floor finally sprang a leak.

We talked with repair places and they were not optimistic.

So we started looking around and dinghy's.

The big vendor in this space is Zodiac, and they make durable, reliable products. And have made them for years.

They're also expensive.

A friend had seen information about lighter-weight Takacat dinghies. This "catamaran" design has smaller tubes and an open transom. In our limited experience pottering around the coastal US and Bahamas these are not limitations.

It folds into two small bags: one the the shell and one for the floor and accessories. We'll see how well this works. Our sales rep mentioned that it's a tight fit. But other owners manage it.

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You can't quite see that the bow is open and the floor sweeps up. (I'll try again to get some better pictures.)

You can see the steel tubes for the transom. There's a two-part wooden frame there to hold the outboard.