Dinghy & Outboard Motor - Part 3
|Our new dinghy tied to the floating dock at Hartge |
Yacht Harbor where we took delivery.
|The Yamaha 9.9 seems to be a perfect engine for this lightweight RIB. |
It easily gets up on a plane with two of us on board.
APEX A-10 Lite Aluminum RIB
The aluminum hull on this dinghy is approximately 1/8-inch thick--it certainly appears very substantial. The transom is nearly 1-1/4-inch thick and is made of two or more plies of aluminum. Even though there is not a flat floor in this RIB, the inside surface is covered with rubber treads for maximum traction on the sloping floor.
|The gray rubberized treads really provide good traction on the sloping |
floor of the dinghy. When the dinghy sits in the hot summer sun for a
time, the aluminum floor gets very hot--too hot for bare feet!
|The lifting lugs are 7/16-inch thick!|
Yamaha 9.9 HP 4-stroke Engine
The new Yamaha 4-stroke engine seems so much tighter (you might call it stiffer) than our old Johnson 2-stroke outboard. My impression is that it is a little quieter too. The throttle controls and steering are both stiffer than our old Johnson outboard.
|The gearshift (circled in red) is well forward on the steering arm of |
the engine. This makes maneuvering in tight spaces much easier.
Three-gallon Portable Gas Tank
We selected a 3-gallon portable (plastic) gas tank for use in the dinghy because it was relatively light weight and easy to handle. It should provide us with ten to twelve hours of motoring.
|We have two 3-gallon portable plastic gas tanks.|
Using Ethanol-free Gasoline
Rather than deal with the ethanol in gasoline and its negative impact on small engines, particularly outboards, we just filled our two red Jerry jugs with ethanol-free gasoline from Lee Airport, just south of Annapolis. The cost of the ethanol-free gasoline was $5.50 per gallon (about twice that for normal road use) and it's 100 octane, intended for small airplanes.
|There is an excellent website used to find sources of ethanol-free |
gasoline all around the U.S. and Canada--it's called Pure-gas.org.
We have only had our new RIB for a little more than a week but it will have a real test on our upcoming month-long sailing trip in the Chesapeake Bay which will have already started (June 20) by the time this blogpost is published.
|While cruising, this dinghy will be like our car (or pick up truck) carrying |
groceries, taking us to remote beaches and far away snorkeling spots.