What is a dinghy?


Features of a dinghy



The term dinghy is of Indian origin, meaning a small boat measuring between 2 and 5 meters long.. It can be propelled either by an outboard motor or by oars and accommodates up to 5 people. Depending on the model, it can be inflatable, made of aluminium, fibreglass, or plywood. In the open motor boat category, the dinghy is the ideal first boat for learning to sail or for short coastal day trips.



You can also use your dinghy as an appendix to a larger boat for various purposes. It is used by boaters to:


  • reach the mainland if they choose to anchor at a mooring;
  • navigate in shallow waters - the flat bottom makes it ideal.

They can also be used as lifeboats.



The term dinghy originated in India to refer to a small boat with a raised and pointed bow and stern. The British Royal Navy then adopted the term to name the smallest boats in its fleet. The word dinghy is now used worldwide.



Depending on the country, the term dinghy may have other meanings: for example, in English, dinghy will also refer to a small speedboat, while in France, a small outboard motor with a platform at the bow will also be called dinghy.


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What are the pros and cons of a dinghy?


The dinghy is very versatile thanks to its main advantages:


  • super easy to use;
  • more affordable than other boats;
  • manoeuvrable small spaces;
  • easy to store.





Although perfect in certain cases, the dinghy does have its downsides:


  • no amenities on board;
  • no cabin, so there's no way to protect yourself from the elements;
  • not suitable for long outings.





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