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Inflatable Dinghy for the Houseboat

by Carlo

Fishing on a Dinghy.

Fishing on a Dinghy.

An inflatable dinghy would be my favorite accessory for the houseboat. I use it almost daily to go out for quick spins, or I take it out to go fishing with it.

It's an 11ft dinghy with a 9.9hp Mercury 4 stroke, and I have outfitted it with a small 12v sealed battery. This way I can run a depth sounder - fishfinder which really helps in finding the largemouth bass.

Those bass like to hide behind rocks in fast deep water, so the fishfinder helps me judge the depth so I can use a jig and not get snagged on the bottom.

I love the dinghy because it's small enough to be towable behind the houseboat, yet big enough so that two of us can go out comfortably. An 11ft inflatable boat with a 9.9hp can get two of us up on plane, which is important because we get to our fishing holes very quickly.

You'll see in the picture that I'm bring in a 2-3 pound largemouth on a jig, with the fishfinder showing 30ft and 69 degrees (water temperature).

The last thing that I love about the dinghy is that they are very safe and stable, especially in rough water. I find it's better than my buddy's small 11ft aluminum boat. His aluminum is so narrow, that I felt we would flip over in it, yet in the dinghy, two adults can stand on one side, and we don't feel in any danger. Just my thoughts though...

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Hi Carlo, I totally understand what you mean about a dinghy being an important addition to a houseboat. The dinghy also allows us to go for quick rides ro to go exploring different anchorages.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their related houseboat dinghy experiences and tips.

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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I love my dinghy also...
by: Frank

You're right, those inflatable dinghies can be so much fun, especially on those hot summer days. We use it to go swimming, fishing, and exploring the shoreline.

I like your idea of the 12v battery, I guess it could be used to power a small bilge pump, since it's amazing how fast that the rain can accumulate.

Now, all we need is some of those HOT SUMMER DAYS!!!

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