With large fixed-keel sailboats, it's common to leave the boat at a mooring well away from the dock, avoiding the handling problems of docking in a tight spot. The dinghy, or "dink," is a small boat used to travel back and forth from shore to the boat.
The dinghy is also a mobile fishing and diving platform that allows you to poke into shallows where the mother ship can't go. It's also useful for setting out a second anchor where necessary for overnights. (The anchor is lowered into the dinghy, and the rode paid out as the smaller boat moves away from the mother ship.) And there are times when it can serve as your tow boat, as well; even with a 4-horse outboard, a dinghy can tow a 40-footer out of the harbor, slowly but surely, so long as wind or current are not excessive.
-,.■■-. -i Boat Bytes y An inflatable dinghy also acts as a serviceable lifeboat in an emergency. It has the stability to survive in rough water and plenty of space to haul your entire crew to safety—something that most "hard" dinghies can't manage.
Inflatables like this Zodiac make excellent dinghies because of their great load capacity and stability, and the soft sides don't mar the surface of the mother ship. They're also light enough to hoist aboard easily.
(Photo credit: Zodiac of North America)
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