I've been looking for a boat that's well suited to travel of longer distances around the Great Lakes. In addition to that I have a few creature comfort requirements. The boat that seems to fit the bill the best for what we want to do would be the NC series.
The NC 9 would be a good fit, but they don't appear to be made in the U.S. so supply of them seems a bit low (like almost 0).
The NC 895 is made in the U.S. so better supply, but since it has outboards there isn't a swim platform. I don't need the platform for the usual things (swimming, grilling etc.). But I really need to bring a dinghy along on longer trips. For that matter I need a dinghy on weekends on the lake around home as our dog won't do her business on the boat.
I saw a Boston Whaler this weekend that had a rack/platform over the outboard. I asked the owner and he said it was called an activity tower. It was like a wake tower but straight up instead of slanted. And it had a piece of Starboard on the top. My first thought was that I could put a 8 foot soft bottom dinghy upside down on something like that.
Short and long of it, I'm looking at dinghy options for the NC 895.
If anybody has found a way to accomplish this I'd be interested to hear how you did it.
Welcome to the forum. We have an NC895 and an Achilles inflatable dinghy. Most of the time it’s kept stowed in the cockpit locker. When Inflated I store it on the roof lashed to the roof handrails on each side. It’s small And lightweight (around 7 1/2 feet) so easy to get up and down. Of course this wouldn’t work with a heavy or non-inflatable and not with an engine.