Tinnies right for a trip
SMALL, cheaper, open-style dinghies again have dominated boat registrations in the past year as more retirees join the caravan lifestyle.
A caravan adventure is not complete without a lightweight car-topper boat.
Design changes by the manufactures of Sea Jay, Stessl, Quintrex, Stacer and Blue-fin dinghies have led to strong, lightweight boats that easily can be loaded and unloaded.
The style is a matter of personal choice, with the Sea Jay Nomad and the 3.4m Stessl Edgetracker more popular models.
Despite their short waterline length, both baby boats are very safe, with the Stessl Edgetracker having a slight advantage over all other 3m to 4m dinghies with superior buoyancy.
The unique underwater hull shape allows the Stessl to spread the displacement of crew body weight which is crucial to the overall performance.
The 3.4m Stessl Edgetracker, powered with a 15 hp Mariner two-stroke engine, has proved the ideal fishing package for many and is perfect for shallow water fishing.
The snub-nose Stessl becomes a little wet motoring into a choppy sea but overall is a very stable dinghy. Another mighty midget is the Stacer Seasprite 399. This tough-skinned open boat is great for taking out in different water conditions. There is no missing the perfect catch when you are riding in one of these stable craft.
The performance on the water allows these baby boats to measure up to all tests of being a safe and economical performer in light and heavy configurations.
They also have the space to carry crab pots on the floor, as well as having safe stowage space for fishing rods, tackle box and a bucket of yabbies.
While the ‘‘Baby’’ dinghy is relatively safe for its size, it should never be used beyond a sheltered inshore environment.