Are you thinking of buying a used dinghy ? Would you be interested if you saw a used dinghy for sale sign? Plenty of used dinghies are offered for sale though one must be careful when buying a dinghy just as you would be if buying any small boat.
What looks great on the outside may have Recesses That Are Practically Inaccessible and therefore very difficult to examine, the Void under the Floor Would be one possible instance, so if you’re considering buying a used dinghy you need to make a very thorough examination of it especially in the area of the internal hull below the waterline.
If the dinghy is to be used as a tender and it comes with a small outboard it would be worthwhile finding out the service history of the outboard, when was the gearbox oil last changed?
The condition of the impeller and salt water pump? these things are fairly critical. If the dinghy comes on trailer then it is important to check that the wheel bearings are in good condition as well of course the main structure of the trailer as boat trailers are very prone to rust and corrosion.
If buying a used dinghy from eBay or any other auction website, beware as it is pretty easy to get caught up in the bidding for a dinghy that is too far away to be easily examined, it may look great in the photographs on the website, but up close could have major problems. It is wise to only bid on dinghies offered for auction that are in your local area and easy to check out.
If considering buying a used sailing dinghy there will of course be a lot more equipment to make an examination of, this will of course include a mast the rigging, sails and a rudder.
One of the most popular class of small sailing dinghies is the world-famous “Mirror” an incredible number of budding sailors and especially children have learned to sail in the “Mirror”
if you are interested in finding a good used sailing dinghy, you may find a dinghy for sale at your local sailing club, were of course you will also get some pretty good advice.
Many people have started their boating journey in dinghies of one sort or another, so buying a used dinghy may be the start of a passion for boats, sailing and the sea that could be with you for the rest of your life.