If you’re out there looking for a compact longboard for cruising and moving around, the Landyachtz Dinghy may be worth considering. It has been around for over 20 years and remains very popular year after year. Why? Because of its quality build and components, its looks, functionality, and price.
Here’s the lowdown on the Landyachtz Dinghy’s main strengths :
- Smaller at 28.5″, on the lightweight side, easy to carry around
- Very smooth ride on any surface due to the big soft wheels
- Nimble and quick turning due to its size and responsive trucks
- Versatile thanks to its kicktail, nose and light concave
- Quality deck, wheels, and trucks packed into a well engineered complete
- Attractive graphics designs that make it stand out from the pack
- Competitive price in relation to the included components
Some things to be aware of about the Dinghy :
- Fast and turny: can be hard to handle for new riders
- Some bigger or heavier skaters may find it too small for comfort
- Not as lightweight as a bamboo or composite/hybrid deck
- Small wheelbase and maple deck makes it ill-suited for downhill
At around $130, the Dinghy is very affordable – you can check out its exact price on here on Amazon.
But let’s dig in a bit deeper. First, some background about Landyachtz.
Landyachtz: the cruising longboard company
Landyacthz has been building longboards for 20 years. Started in a basement by two friends, it has grown into a 60 employee company with offices and retail space in Vancouver and Los Angeles, and a manufacturing facility in British Columbia.
Landyachtz also owns the Bear Trucks and Hawgs Wheels brands, both well-recognized in the longboarding community for their quality. All the Lanyachtz complete longboards come with these trucks and wheels.
The company keeps a strong focus on their cruiser longboard category, putting special efforts in quality deck construction and quality components. In addition to their mini-cruiser line – which includes the Dinghy, Landyachtz also has a full-size street cruiser line (ATV), a traditional pintail series (Freedom), and a freeride and downhill longboard series.
What is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for?
The Landyachtz Dinghy is a smaller commuter longboard that can easily be carried under your arm, in a backpack, on the bus or on a plane, easy to store in a locker or closet. Its main appeal stems from its attractive, practical and fun image.
The board’s narrow (105mm) topmount trucks and small wheelbase make it very nimble and turny. On the other hand, it’s also surprisingly stable, making it a nice board for cruising, carving, and riding down mellow hills.
It’s small enough to do tricks such as ollies, kickflips, and manuals, and its kicktail makes it easy to jump on and off curbs and big potholes – flawless sidewalk to street transitions. It’s also good for riding bowls and ramps at the skatepark (assuming you choose a longboard vs a regular skateboard).
It’s worth noting that the Dinghy is best suited for an intermediate rider due to its small size and wheelbase, topmount style (the board sits really high) and fast trucks. Although it’s relatively stable in relation to its size, a beginner longboarder may prefer a drop-through (lower deck) as a first board for more stability and easier pushing.
Also keep in mind that, while the Landyachtz Dinghy is a great casual mini-cruiser and “slasher” (for simple kick tricks), it’s not meant for serious freeriding or downhill speed – it’s just too small and not stable enough for that.
NOTE: since this article, I’ve published a new review of the Landyachtz Tugboat, the other ruling mini-cruiser from Landyachtz. Check it out also for the lowdown on Dinghy vs Tugboat.
Features of the Landyachtz Dinghy
As stated earlier, the Dinghy complete longboard comes with quality wheels, bearings and trucks as opposed to generic, no-name components. The deck, trucks, and wheels were designed together to ensure full compatibility and precise engineering for the complete longboard.
The price for the complete, normally around $130, is actually lower than the sum of its components (around $150 between the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, risers, hardware, and grip tape).
The Dinghy comes in 3 different sizes to accommodate smaller riders :
- 28.5″ length, 8″ width, 14.6″ wheelbase
- 26″ length, 6.5″ width, 14″ wheelbase
- 24″ length, 6.5″ width, 14″ wheelbase – for featherweight riders
Aside from the deck, all size models use the same components.
The Landyachtz Dinghy’s deck
The first thing that pops out when looking at the Dinghy is its quality directional topmount deck. If you’re like most Dinghy owners, you will probably like the strength and durability of the sturdy 7-ply maple deck layups over time.
Flex and grip
The deck is relatively stiff, suitable for popping and sliding the board. It has a mellow radial concave which allows for comfortable foot placement when turning fast, riding downhill or sliding, albeit without locking in your feet too much.
Likewise, the durable clear grip provides good foot traction, but not so much as to make it difficult to turn your feet. Some versions have a thin foam layer between the board and the grip tape for extra comfort – but not all models.
Kicktails and clearance
The ample kicktail invites you to perform kick turns and small jumps. The small nose makes it easy to pull manuals and other tricks. The deck is slightly heavier than a regular skateboard, so popping ollies requires more leg muscle.
The deck has flared wheel wells providing more clearance for carving, a must-have given the Landyachtz Dinghy’s highly turny trucks and short wheelbase. The wheel wells and risers help avoid wheelbite for those tight turns.
While the maple construction gives the Dinghy strength and durability, it also has its downsides. For one thing, maple decks are not as water resistant as bamboo or hybrid ones and absorb water over time, thus making it heavier.
Wooden decks also tend to chip faster. Nevertheless, many Dinghy owners reported their boards hold up for an unusually long time without signs or wear and tear.
Finally, the Landyachtz Dinghy’s deck can suffer from speed wobbles early on at faster speed because of its stiffness and short wheelbase (read about overcoming speed wobbles). But of course, speed is NOT what the mini -cruiser was built for in the first place.
Landyachtz Dinghy’s trucks
The Dinghy comes with 105mm, traditional kingpin Polar Bear trucks with enlarged bushing seats for more turnability. That’s quite a narrow truck, not as stable as a bigger one, but that’s to be expected given the small size of the Dinghy’s deck.
Bear trucks have very high tolerances to minimize slop. The hangers are machine faced for increased strength and the axels are heat treated and reinforced to keep them spinning straight.
The trucks baseplates have 8 holes, which allows you to customize your board by using leveraging either the old school or new school hole pattern. The trucks also come with 0.25″ risers to reduce the risk of wheelbite.
Some riders find the bushings initially a bit squeaky, though that’s the case with most new bushings until they get broken in. You may choose to replace them with other quality bushings such as Venom bushings (Amazon link) matching your weight and style.
Landyachtz Dinghy’s wheels
The Dinghy complete comes with Hawgs Fatty 63mm wheels – Landyachtz owns the Hawgs brand, as mentioned earlier. Hawg wheels are made of proprietary urethane, tested downhill under freeriding conditions.
The Hawgs are the same wheels that come with the high-end Landyachtz downhill / freeride models, so they boast superior quality, as confirmed by most Dinghy owners.
Smaller but very smooth
While the 63mm diameter wheels are adequately small to match the Dinghy’s size and fast turning trucks, they have great roll speed for their size. With their soft 78A durometer, they feel somewhat squishy yet still firm. The Fatties strike that sweet spot between smooth rolling on all kinds of terrains and easy breaking into slides.
You’ll find the wheels to be buttery smooth – you can barely feel the bumps even at higher speeds. The wheels can really run over almost anything – including sidewalk cracks and even metal chunks, without easily getting chipped.
Grippy yet slidy
These wheels’ small size and proportionally wide contact patch (50mm) make them very controllable for slides while still being grippy enough. Their very rounded lips on both sides also greatly facilitate kicking into slides.
Another feature of the Fatties that makes them quite versatile is the offset positioning of the wheel cores. With this positioning, the core (hard material inside the soft urethane) is placed somewhere in between the inner side of the wheel and the center – as opposed to centerset and sideset cores.
Offset positioning results in a balanced mix of grip and slide. The Fatties’ very wide and supportive cores are actually “very offset”, reflecting the Landyachtz Dinghy’s focus on sliding and tricks when carving the streets.
Landyachtz Dinghy’s bearings
The bearings that come stock with the Dinghy are Bear Spaceball bearings. Here again, not your typical generic, no-name, low-quality component. These are very decent, ABEC7 bearings (though ABEC does not mean much for longboarding).
The built-in spacers help the wheels stay aligned and wiggle free, make it easier to change the wheels, and let you tighten your axles to your liking without messing up the setup.
As a Dinghy rider you’ll find these bearings allow your wheels to roll for a long time, and are strong enough to withstand a lot of popping tricks without getting damaged.
Although most Dinghy owners agree these bearings are pretty good, you may still choose to upgrade to even better ones such as Bone Reds for more speed (for more info check out this post, the section upgrading your bearings).
One of Landyachtz’s latest additions to the Dinghy tribe is the Dinghy Turbo, a premium model that’s more lightweight than the others thanks to the new titanium Polar Bear trucks (titanium axles and hollow kingpins) and some fiberglass layering in the deck.
The Turbo also has new wheels, the Rocket Hawgs – a shrunk down version of the famous race wheels Biggie Hawgs.
One of the things skaters really love about the Landyachtz Dinghy is its really cool choice of graphic design – some of them engraved in wood.
The Dinghy Emboss (Amazon), for example, with its very sober looks, has been a top seller in Landyachtz’s mini cruiser category. Some Dinghy owners actually order a second Dinghy just to hang it on their wall!
If you’re looking for a cruiser small and light enough to take anywhere, yet stable enough to ride comfortably AND agile enough for slides and kick tricks (in short, you’re looking for a unicorn) then you’ve found it with the Landyachtz Dinghy (check out its price on Amazon).
The mix of features and component quality you’ll get for the price is hard to beat. And the graphics are just plain awesome, with plenty to choose from.
Just remember though, no single board can be everything to everyone. So if you’re a total beginner, the Dinghy may be too small/fast /high riding for you. Also, if you’re a downhill addict, the Dinghy will probably not give the stability and confidence you need at high speeds.
If you’re an intermediate level skater looking to carve the streets, you can probably fine tune the Landyachtz Dinghy to suit your specific needs, tightening or loosening the trucks to make it more stable or faster, upgrading the bushings and bearings, etc.
Overall, most Dinghy owners agree you can’t go wrong with this board, provided you have the right skills for it.