I have been putz'g around with the dingy motor all summer. I runs pretty good right now and starts about the second pull when cold and first pull when warm. The motor is a four stroke 2.5HP Mercury. After I replaced the carburetor that was totally rotted out inside the machine has run well. It vibrates too much but I will take that since no lon trips are anticipated. Just back and forth from boat to shore and back.
I have been playing this evening with http://www.eboatcards.com/ and after some weeks after setup I actually have a friend - one single friend. I cannot seem to find any of the people I know via the search. I know at least a few are Active Captain members and it is obligatory to have an eboacard account. If you read this and want to friend me that would be great and interesting. AC is a real blessing to Cruisers who want to stay in touch in a nautical way. All my last seasons boat cards have disappeared. This is too bad since a couple of guys are people I want to keep track of and eboatcards is an easy way to do it - no more lost cards. Last winter we met 4 couples fro South Africa, several from Canada and many from the USA. These are people we will probably see again when we get back to the boat in a couple of months.
I have been considering an non-name brand dingy from Amazon with decent reviews but not real great ones. It is called Bestway Hydro-Force Caspian 7-Feet 6-Inch RIB Inflatable Boat. Pretty cheap for about $450. If it holds air and lasts 4 or 5 years then I can throw it away and get another. Forget Hypalon and the extreme prices. Since it will be out of the sun 6 months a year that should help the life. What do you think? Comments?