I had my heart set on using Swift as my tow-behind dinghy. She is a beautiful boat but a very large, cumbersome and very heavy boat. The more I tried to get even her sections up on Shallow Minded, the more frustrated I became. I just couldn’t seem to figure out how to get her to the launch site, let alone deploy and manage her.
I hope I won’t be judged too harshly for succumbing to the inflatable urge. This boat, a Saturn 8′ 6″ dinghy with inflatable keel and floor seemed the best compromise. At just under 80 lbs it is far more doable. I can deflate and stow it below. Notice I said “it” when referring to this dinghy. It is not a her because it is so utilitarian that “it” will sport numbers and a Georgia sticker with no name.
Alas, an inflatable is actually what I need. I am more interested in enjoying Shallow Minded than I am in accommodating another personality in the form of a wooden dinghy.
I’m sure this keel will help the boat track much better.
There is also a lot of rear buoyancy which will support me and my 6 hp motor with 3 gallon gas tank for nice forays up rivers creeks and around the everglades and keys. I don’t plan on leaving the dingy out for long periods in the sun or towing it for long distances. My 12 volt high speed inflater/delfater will make quick work of putting it to bed and waking it up.
I also plan to take my inflatable Innova Sunny for more intimate paddling and for quick runs to shore for exploration. If I need to carry the bike to shore, it’s out with the Saturn.
If anyone wants a really nice 11 foot Spindrift dinghy ready to convert to sail, Swift is for sale at the cost of the paint I have into her.