You’ve heard the term, and you wonder to yourself “What the heck is a dinghy?”

A dinghy is a small boat that is often carried or towed aboard a larger vessel, A dinghy can act as a lifeboat in case of emergency.

Dinghies ls act as stewards when a larger boat is moored offshore. Dinghies can be row powered or motor powered, most often by an outboard motor. While some are not rigged for sailing, others can be and are considered sailing dinghies.

Dinghies usually range in size from 2 to 6 meters in length,  they come in several classifications including Whaleboats, Whitehall rowboats, and Dories. Prams are also an acceptable vessel to be considered a dinghy.