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Landyachtz Dinghy Skateboard Review: What Riders Say About It

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Landyachtz Dinghy Skateboard Review: What Riders Say About It

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If you’re out there looking for a compact longboard skateboard for cruising and moving around, the Landyachtz Dinghy cruiser board is definitely worth considering.  It has been around for over 20 years and remains uber-popular year after year. 

Why? Because of its looks, quality build and components, high-performance shape, and affordable price.

If you want to know what Dinghy owners say about it, jump to this section . The following is a quick summary of the Dinghy’s top strengths :

  • Small with length 28.5″, easy to carry around
  • Super smooth ride on most terrain thanks to its soft wheels
  • Nimble and quick turning thanks to its small size & responsive trucks
  • Versatile due to its kicktail, nose, and light concave
  • Quality deck, wheels, & trucks packed into a well-engineered complete
  • Attractive graphics designs that make it stand out from the pack
  • Very affordable given the quality of its components

A few cons to be aware of when considering the Dinghy :

  • Fast and turny/twitchy: can be hard to handle for new riders
  • Bigger or heavier skaters may find it too small for comfort
  • Not as lightweight as a bamboo or composite deck
  • Shorter wheelbase makes it not so great for downhill

At around $140 (depending on version), the Dinghy is quite affordable.

See the Dinghy’s price and versions here on Evo or Amazon .

UPDATE: also check out the new Dinghy challenger, the Loaded ballona mini cruiser (full review)

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Landyachtz Dinghy skateboard owner feedback: pros and cons

Here’s a rundown of the Dinghy’s main strengths and weaknesses according to Dinghy owners:

Landyachtz Dinghy pros

  • Riders love the Dinghy’s dimensions, quality parts, and awesome designs. Phenomenal product, best board out there from a top brand in the $150 price area
  • The Dinghy has the feel of a longboard but the control of a skateboard
  • The Dinghy gives a very smooth ride. Most riders feel the wheels are soft and good at going over cracks and uneven pavement (though some disagree, see Cons below)
  • The Dinghy is a perfect little shredder for anyone with experience. You can do all sort of tricks and still have the cruising ability of a well-designed longboard.
  • The Dinghy’s stiff flex gives the board good stability
  • The Dinghy has very functional kicktails for doing ollies here and there
  • The Dinghy is very lightweight to carry around, perfect for campus, fits in your backpack. Exceptional board for cruising around campus and the city.
  • The Dinghy is strong enough for doing tricks, including for a 200-pound rider
  • The Dinghy’s bearings are phenomenal out of the box
  • The Dinghy is precisely engineered. probably the best quality setup for the price.
  • Sidewalk-to-street transitions on the Dinghy are smooth
  • The Dinghy can be taken down hills if you’re experienced enough
  • Compared to a Penny board, the Dinghy is lighter, wider, and stiffer
  • The Dinghy carves really well
  • The 63mm 78A Fatty Hawg wheels are perfect for doing little slides.
  • The Polar Bear trucks on the Dinghy allow for deep and fluid carves even at higher speeds.
  • The Landyachyz Dinghy has absolutely gorgeous artwork e.g. the Dinghy Blunt Meowijuana or Wild Cats , Dinghy Ibiscus , Dinghy Emboss

Landyachtz Dinghy cons

  • If you’re a heavier rider, you may feel a bumpy or sluggish ride on bad pavement with the Dinghy’s original wheels. Fitting some Orangatang Stimulus with Dime bag wedged risers can improve things significantly.
  • The Dinghy’s stock wheels quickly get dirty and bad-looking
  • The Dinghy is sensitive to poor foot placement or bad balancing, especially if coming from a longboard – you’ll need to up your skills
  • The Dinghy sits up quite high and the small wheelbase makes it a little tricky
  • The Dinghy’s artwork is just too nice to scratch, hindering your motivation to try tricks!
  • The Dinghy’s stock cone/barrel bushings are high quality but may be a bit soft for a heavier rider. Higher duro bushings e.g. Venoms (Amazon) are recommended.
  • The Dinghy may scratch up quite easily if you do heavy tricks
  • Make sure you have risers on your Dinghy setup before going down a hill – else you may risk a nasty crash

So that’s what the Dinghy owners have been saying. Now let’s dig in a bit deeper and look at what the Dinghy is capable of.

What is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for?

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.

See the Dinghy’s versions on Amazon or here on Evo .

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

The Dinghy complete longboard comes with high-quality components including Hawgs wheels, Polar Bear trucks, and Spaceball bearings – 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 :

  • Landyachtz Dinghy 28:   28.5″ length, 8″ width, 14.6″ wheelbase
  • Lanyachtz Mini Dinghy 26 : 26″ length, 6.5″ width, 14″ wheelbase
  • Landyachtz Mini Dinghy 24:   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

landyachtz dinghy 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.

See also: can you ollie on a Penny board?

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.

Some caveats

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.

See the Dinghy’s price and versions on Amazon or here on Evo .

Landyachtz Dinghy’s trucks

landyachtz dinghy polar bear 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 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) matching your weight and style.

Landyachtz Dinghy’s wheels

landyachtz dinghy for beginners

The Dinghy complete comes with Hawgs Fatty 63mm wheels – again, Landyachtz owns the Hawgs brand.  Hawgs wheels use proprietary urethane and rigorously 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 ).

Dinghy graphics and designs

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. View the Dinghy graphics on Amazon or here on Evo .

landyachtz dinghy for beginners

The Dinghy Emboss , 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!

Other popular Dinghy versions include the Red Dragon, Crown Peak, Burger, Coffin, and Blunt.

landyachtz dinghy for beginners

The Dinghy Skeleton features a really cool white skeleton character on a black background:

landyachtz dinghy for beginners

The Landyachtz Dinghy Blunt Meowijuana stunning artwork shows a cat mad of green leaves texture cuddled up on a pink background with small yellow tulips:

landyachtz dinghy for beginners

Questions about the Landyachtz Dinghy’s size

Longboarders considering the Dinghy sometimes wonder about the board being too small. As discussed, whether it’s too small for your needs first depends on the kind of riding you want to do. The Dinghy is a great size board for city commuting, cruising, and easy transportation on sidewalks and around campus, being super nimble and portable.

Besides usage, though, you should also factor in your weight, height, and foot size when deciding whether the Dinghy is a good match for you. Some riders with larger feet may feel a 8″ deck is a bit narrow for comfortable riding – you may get “ footbite ” in really tight turns. Also, if you’re a taller rider, you may have a shorter stance than usual on the Dinghy because of the short length.

In short, the dinghy may not always be the best match for bigger riders. Here’s an excerpt from a helpful comment from Steve, one of my readers (see the comments section):

I’m 6ft and about 195lbs, size 10 (UK) feet. I snowboard and love to ride my loaded dervish Sama. I’ve has fun in various cities but find carrying it less convenient than it could be. I’ve not really ridden for about 3 or 4 years but fancied getting back out in the streets when I’m working away. So I just bought a Dinghy and have been learning to ride it for a few days. It does have its challenges! Foot placement is tricky for me, there is very little room for error. I have ridden 2 longboards, Sama and a Landyachtz Switchblade which are both low and long, easy and forgiving to push, I found a preferred foot position on both boards but it was adaptable, with the Dinghy I am almost hanging 5 and it teeters on the edge of my comfort zone. The higher deck on the Dinghy has given me a couple of sketchy foot braking moments and I’ve accidentally stomped on the kicktail a couple of times. The Dinghy is very nimble and at lower speeds is super comfortable. Today though I found that upping the speeds and looking to cruise around a wide curve it just didn’t behave as I was expecting. it was almost like I was leaning back with pressure on the toe edge to make the turn. weird! Summing up my few hours of riding experience on the Dinghy so far, there is a lot to love, its massive fun. riding the Sama now comparatively feels a little dull and predictable. It will be a steep learning curve and I expect to eat dirt regularly along the way, but I don’t think the challenges are insurmountable. I will find where my feet are best placed so my pushing and braking skills will improve. I hope to improve my skills so the Dingy becomes easy and fun for getting around cities 3 to 4 miles at the time, much faster than walking and much more fun than taking the bus. Most of all, I know it always fits in my suitcase so I never have an excuse not to have it with me.

Landyachtz Dinghy weight limit

While the Dinghy doesn’t have an official weight limit, riders above 250 pounds / 110 kilograms should probably choose a bigger or thicker board. The Dinghy’s 7-ply maple construction may not withstand that much weight, especially if riding hard.

Cruising & commuting on the Landyachtz Dinghy

The Dinghy is meant for city cruising and convenient urban transport. Its short size and wheelbase and the directional shape make it super nimble for weaving around people and things in tight spaces. The narrow turny Polar Bear trucks are very quick and turny  for sidewalk navigation.

The ample kicktail adds to the maneuverability and allows for easy curb and crack hopping. The Dinghy can easily be stashed into or onto a backpack, and painlessly carried around a store or a school building.

In short, the Dinghy really is a fast and nimble city slashing board. You can ride it pretty much everywhere on short trips around town instead of driving or taking the bus, and have a great time doing so. It does take a bit of skills to handle the Dinghy for commuting – see the section about beginners below.

Freeriding & downhill on the Dinghy

Short answer: not so much due to its small wheelbase. When going fast you need stability, which typically comes with a longer wheelbase and/or a lowered deck (e.g. drop-through trucks or a dropped platform). The Dinghy’s 14/14.5″ wheelbase is a bit short for real speed beyond small hills on your city commute path.

That being said, some experienced freeride and downhill riders are able to ride the Dinghy quite fast because of the deck’s stiffness and the Hawgs wheels nice grip. The mellow radial concave does provide a bit of foot lock-in at higher speed – albeit not as much as a true freeride board. At moderate speeds, the Dinghy’s topmount reactiveness and turny trucks allow for tight carves and easy breaking into slides.

To summarize, while the Dinghy is a a bit short for real speed, some experienced longboarders have some serious fun sliding on moderate hills.

Pumping on the Landyachtz Dinghy

With the righ trucks, the Dinghy can be made into a cool pumping board. Swapping the Bear trucks for some good surfskate trucks, e.g. Carver CX/C5 trucks, Slide trucks, or the Yow surfskate adapter, can turn the Dinghy into a small pumping machine. Although narrower than a typical surf skateboard (8″ vs 9″+), it can still pump very nicely on sidewalks, parking lots and garage driveways.

Check out my post on surfskate trucks to learn more about which truck to use.

Skatepark & street tricks on the Dinghy

is the landyachtz dinghy good for skatepark

Many riders love hitting the skatepark, ditches, and pools on their Dinghy. The responsiveness and tight turns make it a great board for park riding and street tricks such as kick tricks, manuals and slides. The Dinghy’s carving ability and smooth rolling on its bigger wheels (compared to a street board) also make it super fun for pool and ditch riding . Optionally slap some surf trucks on it and you’ll be really surfing the concrete on that awesome mini-cruiser.

The Landyachtz Dinghy is not for complete beginners

Due to its small size and responsive trucks, the Dinghy is quite twitchy – again, it’s designed for nimble city cruising and slashing. If you’re a beginner, you’ll normally want a more stable board, one with a lower turn-to-lean ratio, which means the board will turn less for the same amount of lean onto the edge.

A longer wheelbase, a wider deck with wider trucks, harder bushings, larger wheels, all these factors contribute to making a less twitchy longboard. Also as mentioned earlier, a drop-through or drop deck longboard will ride closer to the ground compared to the Dinghy and thus give you better stability for learning to kick push and ride confidently on flat ground.

Some new riders, however, have better than average balance and may get used quickly to the Dinghy’s responsive topmount ride. You may just fall for the coolness factor of the Dinghy and decide to learn on it no matter what! That may be easier, however, for a smaller rider than for a bigger one.

Landyachtz: the cruising company

I’ll wrap up with a quick word about the Landyachtz brand. 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.

Wrapping up

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 – Amazon or Evo .

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 also 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.

*** Photo credits: Product shots and ditch courtesy of Landyachtz

Shawn isaiah

Thursday 21st of May 2020

Hi, I have been skating on my penny board for years and I wanna try something different as I have grown larger. But I wanna still have a bard that I can carry behind my bagpack with a clip.

Does a landyachtz dinghy have that function?

28 inch does seem abit bigger.

Whats your advice?

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Hi Jessie, I'm writing to you from Italy, and I would like know if also the Dinghy - as the Tugboat - has "the wedged risers on the front trucks", that "improves the board’s carving ability" and "helps to make the Tugboat much “surfier” and more pumpable than a regular longboard". I'm asking to you because I prefer ride without pushing with a surfskate in my flat land near Venice (not hills at all). Scuse me if I annoied you with this question, but at anyway thank'you very much for your work and your know-how.

Hey Michele,

I don't believe the Dinghy comes with wedged risers out of the box, however you can definitely fit some onto it for slightly improved pumping. If you really want to pump, however, you can mount a surf adapter like YOW on top of the Polar Bear trucks - see the YOW kit here on Amazon or the Waterborne surf adapter here. You can check out this post for in-depth info about surfskate adapters.

Alternatively, you may want to take a look at Slide surfskates (see Amazon Italy page here). Slide makes quality and affordable surfskates that work very well for pumping and carving. You can also check out my review of Slide surfskates here.

Hope this helps. Ride on! Jesse

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

I'm looking for a longboard suitable for a pumping track and after some research I've decided that Dinghy may be a good candidate. I'm 65 kg and 185cm (144lbs, ~6ft). I don't have almost any experience with flat longboarding but I'm able to keep balance/speed on the pumping track so I'd call myself intermidiate. Is Landyachtz Dinghy a good choice for me?

Thanks, Tob

Hey Tob, are you referring to pumping TRUCKS? What kind of trucks do you mean? Surfskate trucks like Carver or Yow? Bennett truck for LDP? Do you want to pump for surf-style carving or are you looking more for long distance pumping on flat ground? Depending on your goals the answer is quite different! Aloha

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

I snowboard and have recently got into longboarding. I'm learning on a tan tien (39" with 27" wheelbase), which I can use pretty well on bike paths.

However, when I'm on sidewalks, I can't manage a 90 degree turn, even with proper bushings for my weight. I suspect it's just too long a wheelbase.

Looking at shorter wheelbase options, would you recommend something like a landyachtz dinghy (15" wheelbase) or something in the 20" wheelbase range (like a loaded poke)? I've never used a street skateboard so I have no preference for 15", but I'm not sure if 20" is small enough to handle sidewalks corners well.

Thanks, Vinay

Hey Vinay, yeah the reason you're having trouble handling tight corners is probably the size and drop-through design of the Tan Tien which is best-suited for distance riding/pushing and speed. I myself ride a Poke as my main board for everyday riding including city sidewalks. Not only is the Poke shorter than the Tan Tien with a smaller wheelbase, as a topmount it's much more responsive due to the increased leverage on the trucks. I use the 2 different setups depending on my mood, the carving setup with Paris trucks and Stimulus wheels or the surf setup with Carver CX trucks and 4Prez wheels. See the details for both setups here on the Loaded page. Both are awesome and super nimble, they let you make very tight turns - I can actually do U-turns on pretty narrow paths quite easily. The Paris setup is lower riding and super responsive, better for slides and hills, while the Carver setup is great for pumping and surf style.

The Dinghy is a great little sidewalk cruiser but it's a bit twitchy and harder to handle if you're a newer rider and/or if you're a bigger rider. The Poke may be a better option, being just the right size and lightweight with the composite bamboo construction (like most Loaded models).

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Setting Sail: My Landyachtz Dinghy Review

Landyachtz Dinghy with Birds graphic, sitting on a stump.

Okay, okay.

My first skateboard was a Walmart board when I was 12 or so. It was slow, hard to use, and, frankly, I never even learned to ollie on it. I think my parents sold it at a garage sale.

My second skateboard was a longboard from Sector 9. It was huge. I fell while trying to learn to push it. I never learned how to push right, so not pushing mongo took some time to get used to. I got the huge Sector 9 Meridian because I figured it would be big and make learning easy. I was wrong. Plus, it was too awkward to carry around, so I didn’t feel like skating it.

So, I bought a Landyachtz Dinghy. Small. Nimble. Light. What could go wrong?

It… it did not go well at first.

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I Got Knocked Down

But I got up again. Then I got knocked down again, again, and again. My first time out on my Dinghy, I fell on the sidewalk in front of an old man. He smile at me and said, “Don’t worry, you’ll get it, you’ll get it.” He was right. Of course, I would have scraps, scratches, and scars on my arms, knees, legs, and ankles by the end of that summer, but I got it.

I kept getting back up and on that board for two reasons. First, the financial investment of now two skateboards was just too much for me to give up on. But secondly, and most importantly, was the fact that it was fun. Skating is so much fun. I found it helped me feel better when I was depressed. When I was getting over someone I was dating moving away and our relationship ending. When I was having a frustrating day at work. Or, when I’d just be bored. I’d put wheels to the pavement and feel better. Getting anywhere felt like an accomplishment, and I felt better for having done it. I still feel better on days when I skate.

Beginner Killer

The Dinghy is not really a board for beginners. As a complete from Landyachtz, it has hard quarter inch risers and the bushings are very soft. You’re learning to balance on one foot while and likely shifting your weight between your feet. That’s often how beginners skate, and the distance between the deck and the ground is too much for a stable transition. For the record, new skaters, bend the knee on the board a lot so you can swing your pushing foot and balance on the board better. Still, you’ll have to bend your knee a lot with that riser, which can be a bit uncomfortable uphill or over long distances.

I’ve since replaced the stock riser with a thinner, soft riser, and I added harder bushings (Orangatang Knuckles insert barrels and and Riptide Krank street cones), which made the ride much easier. But by the time I did that, I already was comfortable on the board. It took a month or two to make it to and from the train without falling or stumbling, but I did it.

The stock setup is rigid, the deck is stiff. It’s short, a little more narrow than your average street deck these days. There’s almost no nose, making ollies a little trickier, but it’s not too difficult. This is a deck that seems set up to be more difficult. If it’s your first time on a skateboard, you will fall. A lot. That’s true of any board you get, but it’s especially true of the Dinghy.

Should you get a Landyachtz Dinghy if you’ve never skated before? Sure, if you’re prepared to get knocked down a lot. The risers and soft bushings make for a delicate balancing act, but you’ll get it. Once you do, you’ll realize why the Dinghy is worth the steeper learning curve.

The Sum of its Parts

Not my Landyachtz Dinghy, but one you can buy now. It's in black

Let’s break down the parts that come with a Dinghy complete, and, from there, we can talk about the complete package.

Dingy up against a support at a train station

The Dinghy deck is lightweight. It’s about 28″ long, if you got this particular model. There are other models in other sizes, but this is the one commonly discussed when referring to the Dinghy. At its thickest point, it’s 8″ thick. It tapers slightly to the rear, and comes to a pointed nose in the front. The nose is upturned ever so slightly, and there’s a big kicktail in the back. There are carved wheel arches. You can use the nose and tail to find your place on the board, right above the trucks. This is handy in skating, as well as landing off of curbs or ollies.

Thanks to that kicktail, you can ollie. Sure, the weight of the wheels and that small nose make it more difficult, but it can be done. One of my proudest moments was tackling a surprisingly large, about 6″ drop during a commute at the beginning of the summer. I was going quite fast, and didn’t know if I could stick it. But I did. What a great start to the day that was.

While the deck is shorter than a street deck, it won’t feel like it, thanks to the wheelbase being slightly larger. There’s enough space to comfortably maneuver on this. In fact, after spending a month on a 22″ Penny board, for travel and practice, it felt like an actual yacht.

The deck has a nice, subtle concave. Not too deep that you feel like your feet can’t move around a little, but enough to find a reliable spot for your feet. The concave flattens out by the tail and nose, which is one of my favorite parts of the deck. It gives your feet a small pocket that you can use while riding to make the deck feel like an extension of your feet. Slide your front foot forward into the lip of the concave, at about a 45º angle, and your rear foot right up against the tail, and you’ll find pockets where you can comfortably put your feet. I’ve even rode the Dinghy at surprising speeds (over 20 MPH) for a mini cruiser with narrow trucks. Once you’re locked in and you’ve got your weight up front, you can turn it into a more stable platform than you’d expect. You can even slide your rear foot up on that tail and keep only the balls of your feet or the side of your foot on the flatter parts of the deck at speed. Still, it’s a short, narrow deck, and it uses traditional kingpin trucks. I don’t recommend downhilling with it.

A Dinghy on my legs

The Bear trucks are sturdy. I’ve gone downhilling on this board thanks to these sturdy traditional kingpin trucks. I’ve hit speeds over 25 MPH going down a hill. Sure, it felt like I was trying to kill myself, but I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even stumble or wobble. My Dinghy was held in place. For a bit, I forgot I was riding a cruiser, not a downhill board. I actually tucked to drop wind resistance and speed up.

Do I recommend it? No, I’m an adrenaline junky with a death wish. But, I’m surprised to say these trucks are surprisingly reliable with the right bushings. Put your weight forward and low and you’ll greatly reduce speed wobbles.

Ugh… the Bushings…

But good luck getting the right bushings. The stock bushings are a bit soft if you’re going to be doing anything faster than a nice cruise. I replaced the ones that came with it with some firmer bushings that have a bit more rebound. That’ll be personal preference. Now I have to commit to turns a bit more while I’m commuting, but I appreciate the bounciness.

The bushing setup for these trucks won’t match what you’ll find in traditional Paris Street or Independent trucks. In fact, it’s incredibly hard to find a replacement. The bottom is just under 0.6″, and the top is 0.15″. This is a less traditional barrel/cone setup, but you can find bushings that will fit.

The boardside bushing is the height of a standard barrel bushing if you forego a washer. If you do want to use a washer, you’re going to have to shave the bushing down. The closest size are Venom street bushings or Thunder Trucks bushings. Riptides are a bit wider, and the bushing seat on the Polar Bear trucks is incredible restrictive, but it can work. Streetside is easy, it’s a short street cone from Riptide, or other such short cone. I like to use Riptide’s Krank formula there, since the strange size of the boardside bushing means there’s less customization, while Krank bushings become far more stiff with a few turns of your kingpin nut.

You can use Venom’s double cone street bushings, but I don’t like the feel as much with them. It’s just a little too easy to turn and hit the edge of your turning capabilities abruptly, sometimes with wheel bite. I really prefer this with a barrel/cone setup.

I found that you can use a short street cone (I love Riptide’s), along with an Orangatang Knuckle barrel bushing. However, it’ll still be a fraction of a millimeter to tall. You can use sandpaper to shave it down, but you risk messing up the geometry and having a less stable ride. You could alternatively just keep the stock bushing in place, and go with a far stiffer bushing on the roadside.

I also recommend swapping out the pivot cups. In every Polar Bear truck I’ve used, the pivot cup becomes a squeaky mess after just a few days, especially if you’re trying third party bushings that aren’t quite the right size. Use Riptide’s WFB pivot cups and you’ll have the quietest trucks in town. Or keep them in, and put either a drop of bearing lube or some soap shavings in there every week.

Honestly? This is a frustrating mess. Grab some Indy 109’s instead, and throw in Riptide’s Street Barrel and Short Street Cone bushings. Your Hawgs will stick out about 2mm more on each side, but at least your bushings will be dialed in properly.

Fatty Hawgs, by Landyachtz

They’re offered in a 78A durometer. It’s comfortable. However, we can’t forget that this is a 63mm wheel. It’s still going to be a little rough, and you’re going to have to learn to tackle cracks and bumps with speed or a little hop. These aren’t beginner tactics, but you’ve got to learn them eventually, so why not right away?

I like Hawgs wheels, especially in this durometer. They slide smoothly, and that wider shape makes them just a bit better at tackling cracks and rocks.

Setting Sail

If you’re comfortable on a skateboard already, the Landyachtz Dinghy is a delightful little thing. It’s certainly more than the sum of its parts. The wheels might be a little rough and make sliding to cut speed a little tricky for beginners but more experienced riders will note that they have a smooth and predictable slide. The trucks can feel a little mushy with the stock bushings. The deck is short and narrow.

But my god it’s a blast. It’s lightweight, nimble, and agile. I hop up and down curbs, fly down roads, dodge traffic and phone-distracted pedestrians, and can commute faster than a car, bus, or even train! It, to me, feels like freedom. On a day when I can take up the whole road, I can fly. On a day when it’s packed and busy, I’m as nimble and delicate as I am on my feet. Dodge a car by hopping up on a curb, dodge a pedestrian by hopping back down. It’s fast, convenient, and I rarely feel out of control.

To me, the perfect cruiser board is one that feels sturdy, you can go fast on it, it’s agile (TKP trucks), it has a kick tail, and it can comfortably fit under a desk, table, or bar. It’s something you can take just about anywhere with ease. That’s the Landyachtz Dinghy in a nutshell. It’s not the only board in my quiver, but if I ever had to save just one, it might be the one I save (but you’re going to have to fight me pretty hard to get me to leave my other boards behind).

Other Setups

Landyachtz Dinghy with Bennett Vector trucks and Orangatang Fat Free wheels.

I loaded it up with some old school Bennett Vector trucks (4″), and Orangatang’s Fat Free wheels, great for freeriding and cruisers. Some small soft risers and hardware I had laying around, and I was off. The board has a super carvy feel. It’s not fast, and going fast on it would be dangerous, but it’s fun and chill. Go out on a hot day, pump a little, take up the whole road, and just enjoy swaying in the breeze. It’s a chill yet slightly unstable setup, and I absolutely love it. Those Fat Free wheels (65mm, 80A durometer) are playful, sliding a little when I want them to and gripping when I need to push off. They’ve got a fun bounce to them.

You could also go for Paris’ wonderful 149mm trucks, which are taller and don’t need a riser. I have them on two of my other boards, and I’m happy with them. The Frankendinghy actually started out with them. Their height and responsiveness give it a snappy, surfy feeling.

The Dinghy is versatile, and it’s a fun deck platform to go off of. Can you use it as a beginner board? Yes, but only if you’re willing to dedicate yourself to skating. If you’re not willing to get a lot of bumps, scrapes, and bruises, you might be better off with another board. In fact, I might recommend the Pantheon Pranayama, Trip, or Ember for beginners who don’t want to fall much. But, if you’re willing to grow, the Dinghy is a board you’re only going to grow more fond of as you improve. The better you skate, the more you’re going to love this setup. There’s a reason skaters rave about the Dinghy, almost to an obnoxious level. It’s a ton of fun in a small package.

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Landyachtz Dinghy Review – Arguably the Best Cruiser Money Can Buy  

  March 4, 2021

By James Mason

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Our Verdict:

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  • Compact and portable
  • Designed to provide versatility
  • Stable ride
  • Endless options to choose from
  • Good value for money
  • Perfect for cruising
  • Attractive deck graphics
  • Uncomfortable for bigger sized riders
  • Maple wood soaks in water
  • Not suitable for beginners

If you are in the market for a compact longboard to cruise on, the Landyachtz Dinghy is worth considering. If you wondered why......well, the dinghy was designed to provide a combination of features that make for the ideal cruiser longboard. 

From an excellent build quality and convenient deck design to high quality specs on the trail, this is just a fraction of what you get from this great-looking board. 

Not to mention that the manufacturer has been in the game for more than 20 years, boasting a reputation for producing top notch products with superior functionality. 

So, why do some people consider the Landyachtz Dinghy as the best cruiser board in the market? Let us explore that in the following in-depth review of the Landyachtz Dinghy longboard. 

 Landyachtz Dinghy Review

The Dinghy was built to be the go-to cruiser for riding through the city streets and around campus. It boasts a versatile functionality that allows you to do almost anything you want. 

To proclaim the Dinghy as the perfect city board, the manufacturer designed it with a small and lightweight frame to enhance its maneuverability. Despite the small size, the board is equipped with longboard wheels to bring about versatility over different riding surfaces. 

So, let us delve deeper into the features in this Landyachtz Dinghy review:

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Source: landyachtz.com 

The Landyachtz Dinghy is available in three different sizes to suit smaller riders. These include:

Landyachtz Mini Dinghy 24:  24-inch length, 6.5-inch width, 14-inch wheelbase

Landyachtz Mini Dinghy 26 : 26-inch length, 6.5-inch width, 14-inch wheelbase

Landyachtz Dinghy 28:  28.5-inch length, 8-inch width, 14.6-inch wheelbase

Apart from the deck size, all the Dinghy boards use practically the same kind of components. Another aspect you’d like to note is that there have been more than 20 editions of the Dinghy over the years. The ones I’ve listed above are just the main sizes you’ll find the boards in.

While the major difference between the boards lies in the graphic design art, some have a small variation in size. For instance, the Dinghy Handstand is slightly bigger than the rest with dimensions of 29 x 8.5 x 14.4 inches for the length, width, and wheelbase respectively.

Some people find themselves struggling to choose the ideal board with so many options on the table. Overall, you’d be wise to go with the bigger version with a graphic design of your preference if you are of standard height. The smaller sized boards are better suited for a kid or smaller rider. 

 After all, all the Dinghies come with similar components. All the wheels, trucks, and bearings are produced by Landyachtz and deliver the same type of quality performance. Let us review the individual parts and see what their impact on the ride is:

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One of the most praised features on the Dinghy has to be the deck! It is made out of strong and durable 7-ply maple wood to make for a stable performance on the trail. When it comes to size, the Dinghy comes in sizes of 24-28.5” x 6.5-8.5” x 14-15” as earlier mentioned in this Landyachtz Dingy review. The unit is generally short and the wheelbase is small.

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The maple board on the Dinghy is pretty sturdy and has no flex, which is something you’ll need to get used to if you’ve been cruising on a flexible board. The maple is much stiffer than a bamboo deck. 

You might assume that a flexible board would be a more suitable choice but that’s not the case for the Dinghy board. Testing the board tells you it was built for fun. The sturdy deck even allows you to do ollies, flip tricks, and maintain your stability on rough riding surfaces.

While other materials tend to be a little lighter, they are also limiting to the rider. 

 Grip Tape

A notable feature that you don’t find on all boards in the market is the clear grip tape. This helps to keep you stable when you stand on the board, ensuring that you remain on your twos when the ride gets wobbly. 

Landyachtz used high-quality tape on the Dinghy, and this can last for years. While the tape offers enough grip to keep your feet planted on the board, it still lets you move your feet around comfortably when handling the ride. 

But not all versions come with clear tape on the deck, and the Dinghy Summit is just one of the exceptions. 

The board is also designed with wheel wells that help to prevent wheel bite. These prove to come in handy for riders who prefer loose tracks and deep carves. You won’t have to worry about the wheels touching your skateboard. 


The Dinghy’s deck is built in a mellow radial concave shape. The side of the board is slightly elevated to make the Dinghy more responsive, which makes it a decent choice for pulling off tricks. 

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But you should note that the concave design is not for everyone. This is because it tends to eat into the stability you get on an entirely flat deck like a penny board, although it’s a nice design for playful riders. 

Furthermore, the shape enables you to perform sliding movements much more easily, and you’ll appreciate that the concave design is perfectly balanced on the Landyachtz Dinghy.

The board also features a directional deck, which means both the nose and tail are elevated. The nose is a little pointier than the tail while the shape of the tail lets you ollie or hop over curbs and patches of grass. It helps you to maintain your balance as you lean back. 

The kicktail ensures that you can hop curbs with relative ease as you cruise while the soft wheels make for a pleasant landing. They don’t bounce a lot like on some boards. Another benefit of the kick tail is that it allows you to perform kick turns if you are up to it. 

Given the stiffness of the deck and the shorter wheelbase, you might experience some wobbliness when cruising around at top speeds. 


The Dinghy is equipped with 105mm traditional Polar Bear trucks, featuring enlarged bushing seats for enhanced turnability. This is relatively narrow for a truck, which may not be as stable as a larger truck. However, it is expected given the small size of the board.

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Source: landyachtz.com

One attribute of Polar Bear trucks is their high tolerance level to minimize slop. Meanwhile, the hangers have been machine faced to boost strength, and axels heat-treated and reinforced to make sure they keep spinning straight. 

The baseplates of the trucks come with 8 holes to let you customize your Dinghy by leveraging the new school or old school hole pattern. The 0.25-inch risers on the Bear trucks also help to reduce the likelihood of wheel bite. 

Some riders claim the bushings are a little bit squeaky when you start to use the board, but that’s pretty common with new bushings. The noise tends to stop when you finally break into them. Anyway, you can upgrade to higher quality bushings if required.

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A closer review of the bushings on the Dinghy reveals that the top bushing is cone-shaped whereas the bottom one is barrel-shaped. The variation in shape offers different qualities while riding. The combination of the two adds stability, as well as maneuverability to the ride.

For perspective, bushings are typically shaped differently to suit a certain style of riding or improve the ride in some kind of way. For instance, cone-shaped bushings enable the rider to make quick turns and other agile maneuvers whereas barrel-shaped bushings help you to maintain stability, particularly during long turns. 

As you start to ride your newly acquired Dinghy, you might want to consider changing the bushings, depending on the weight of the rider . 


The Landyachtz Dinghy comes with 63mm Hawgs Fatty wheels- a brand that Landyachtz owns. The Hawgs wheels make use of proprietary urethane and are tested rigorously on downhill slopes under freeriding conditions. 

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This makes for a superior quality of wheels that most Dinghy owners swear by. These are also the same kind of wheels that Landyachtz uses on higher-end freeride models of longboards it manufactures. 

 Small but Smooth

I my opinion, the 63mm soft wheels are slightly small when you consider the size of the Dinghy and the fast turning Bear trucks it comes with. However, they deliver great roll speed that I didn’t expect at their size. 

Their 78A durometer feels kind of squishy but remains firm when you are riding. Overall, the Fatty wheels strike a sweet spot between rolling smoothly on various types of terrains and breaking into slides easily. 

The wheels are smooth and you barely feel the bumps even when cruising at high speeds. These remain steady when running over all kinds of surfaces. Whether you’re cruising on a sidewalk with cracks or metal chunks; they just won’t get chipped. 

 Grippy yet Slidy

The small size of the wheels mixed with the proportionally wide 50mm contact patch makes them controllable for slides and they still manage to offer just enough grip. Their rounded lips also help to significantly support kicking into slides. 

The other feature to note about the Hawgs wheels is the offset positioning found on the wheel cores. The core is placed between the inner and center of the wheel instead of the side-set or center-set cores. 

The offset positioning leads to a balanced combination of grip and slide. The wide and supportive cores on the Fatty wheels makes the longboard ideal for sliding and performing tricks on the Dinghy when carving through streets. 


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The Dinghy uses Bear Spaceball bearings. These are not your typical generic, low-quality components. The bearings are pretty decent and help to enhance the performance of the board. They have built-in spacers that help the wheels to stay aligned and wiggle free. 

This allows you to change the wheels much more easily and tighten the axles to your preference without interfering with the setup. The result is that the Bear Spaceball bearings enable your wheels to roll for hours on end without getting loose and can cope with popping tricks.

While the consensus among Dinghy owners is that the bearings are quite good, you can still decide to upgrade to better ones if you’re looking for something with more speed. 

How Does the Landyachtz Dinghy Perform?

The Dinghy performs impressively on all kinds of surfaces. It boasts a versatile design that allows it to hold its own in the city streets, as well as the on rougher off-road trails. Let us look at what the board is good for?

 Is the Landyachtz good for Cruising?

The Landyachtz Dinghy is a great choice if you’re looking for a cruiser! In fact, it was designed specifically for cruising through city streets and sidewalks in urban areas. The small size and overall design of the wheels allow the board to accelerate pretty fast yet still manage to roll smoothly.

boy on the Longboard

The short length of the board allows for enhanced maneuverability and agile turnability, enabling you to swerve in and out of crowds with relative ease. Don’t worry about the occasional potholes and curbs you’ll come across on the road; the kick tail design of the Dinghy makes it easy for you to hop over obstacles . With this board, you can look forward to a full urban commuter experience in whichever city you find yourself in.  This is just what the manufacturer envisioned when designing the Landyachtz Dinghy!

 Is the Landyachtz good for Freeriding?

The Dinghy wasn’t exactly designed for freeriding. Nevertheless, you can still pull it off and enjoy yourself while at it. Generally, freeriding boards are notably longer than the Landyachtz Dinghy. So, if you’re buying the longboard primarily for freeriding , I recommend you look elsewhere for a more suitable option.

But if you just want to experiment with the Dinghy, you may manage to pull off some nice slides. With the concave design of the top, sliding becomes easy as you can lock your feet. Furthermore, the Fatty Hawgs wheels won’t prevent you from sliding. 

 Is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for Pumping?

The Dinghy can be used for pumping. However, it does necessitate experience and you’ll only be able to perform the maneuver if you know what you’re doing. While the Polar Bear trucks may not be the ideal choice for pumping, you can still pull it off with the right experience. 

 Can it Perform Tricks?

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The Landyachtz Dinghy allows you to performs tricks such as ollies, manuals, kickflips, as well as a bunch of other old school moves. Despite being capable of pulling off more technical tricks that a skateboard would, I wouldn’t recommend the Dinghy as a go-to option. 

This is because the board wasn’t designed for tricks’; you’ll be better off going for a regular skateboard. Only experienced skateboarders can perform tricks with the Dinghy, so don’t take your board to the skatepark if you don’t have the skills. 

Admittedly, the Dinghy can easily handle very tight turns and carves, which comes in handy for pools/bowls, but the Hags Fatty wheels are very soft. You may be able to do slides, manuals, and plenty of other tricks but they won’t be as perfect as they should be. 

Unlike regular skateboards, the stock wheels on the Dinghy are big and soft, which allows for smoother rolling but landing the trick might prove to be slightly unstable. Riding a bowl is possible but you’d still be better off with an alternative setup meant for that purpose. 

 Is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for Riding on Rough Roads?

The Dinghy rides perfectly on rough roads. It is fitted with large Hawgs wheels that have an easy time rolling over stones, twigs, small rocks, and other debris on the road. Although it was designed for cruising around the city streets, you can still have a fun time with it on the off-road tracks. 

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However, you still need to get acclimated to the board before you take it on the rough terrains, unless you want to be left with egg on your face. 

 Downhill Riding?

When you review the setup of the Landyachtz Dinghy, it is easy to conclude that the board isn’t suitable for downhill riding. The package is relatively small and its narrow trucks will get unstable when you achieve the high speeds associated with downhill riding. 

The wheelbase is also small and does not favor you downhill. A smaller wheelbase reduces your stability, which is not something you want on a downhill slope. Furthermore, you can’t reach the type of speeds you can achieve while riding a downhill longboard. 

After all, city riding typically doesn’t involve a lot of hills, so the design of the Dinghy doesn’t embrace downhill riding. 

 On the flip side, the stiff maple construction of the board, as well as the Hawgs Fatty wheel, can allow you to catch some speed downhill as you maintain your balance. Additionally, the mellow radial concave shape ensures that your feet will be planted securely when moving at a fast speed. 

Still, it comes with a level of risk you wouldn’t want to take . There are much better boards available for downhill riding. The Landyachtz Dinghy is more suited for cruising. 

 The Dinghy is the Perfect Commuter Board

The Landyachtz Dinghy features a compact build that you can easily carry around whenever you’re not riding it. It will comfortably fit under your arm or you can strap it on your backpack for easy portability. 

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The 24” version of the board is small enough to fit inside the bigger backpacks in the market, allowing you to go with it practically anywhere your schedule takes you. This means you’ll have no problem hopping onto public transport when you grow tired of skateboarding. 

 Is the Dinghy Too Small for You?

Looking at the Dinghy, it is easy to see that it’s a lot smaller than the majority of boards in the market. You may be wondering whether it will accommodate you if you decide to invest in one. 

Well, it all comes down to two aspects: rider size (shoe size and height) and the kind of riding you plan on using the board for.

If your shoe size is above average, there is a possibility you’ll have a hard time getting comfortable on the board. The deck is only 8” wide, so you’ll want to try standing on the board first to see if it can accommodate your foot size. 

This also means that on tight turns, you will experience a level of instability since your heels or toes will be sticking out. 

 Considering the short length of the Dinghy, taller riders will have a hard time finding a good stance. But if you are under 6’4”, it shouldn’t be a challenge for you. Overall, it’s a matter of preference. 

There are tall riders who shine on small boards and shorter riders who ride on large boards; find what works for you! 

When it comes to the type of riding, the Landyachtz Dinghy was meant for cruising. The small design comes in handy when you have to weave in and out of crowds in the streets and the kicktail allows you to hop over obstacles on the ground. 

So, don’t buy the longboard to go free or downhill riding!

 The Landyachtz Dinghy is not a Board for Amateurs

The small size of the board and the responsive trucks makes the Dinghy very twitchy. It is designed for agile city riding and slashing. The board doesn’t offer the kind of stability a beginner skateboarder would require. It turns relatively faster when you lean and this can bring about major stability issues for a learner. 

If you want a more suitable option for a beginner, find a unit with a wider deck, longer wheelbase, wider trucks, larger wheels, harder bushings, etc. All these factors help to make the longboard less twitchy and keep you steady when you ride. 

Also, look for a board with a drop deck design ensures you are able to ride closer to the ground, resulting in improved stability as you learn to kick push.

 Multiple Designs for the Landyachtz Dinghy

If you are looking to get a Landyachtz Dinghy, you’ll be glad to know that there are numerous designs of the board for you to choose from, in fact, more than twenty versions of the Dinghy in the market and three different sizes. 

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With such variety, you can rest assured that there is a Dinghy somewhere that fits your preferences. In case you’re wondering what your options are, some examples you may be interested in include the Emboss and Beach Party, which are quite popular with riders.

The Dinghy Emboss comes with particularly sober graphics and is a top seller in the company’s mini-cruiser category. Other popular Dinghy models that you may want to consider include the Dinghy Turbo, Burning Sky, and Summit.

 What Did We Like?

The Landyachtz features a versatile design that combines the feel of a longboard with the agility and controllability of a skateboard. It is pretty stiff with no flex and the medium concave deck allows you to pull off tricks on the board. The kicktail also ensures that you can do moves such as ollies and manuals.

The Hawgs Fatty wheels used on the Dinghy enable you to slide easily. 

Even though the board was built for cruising, you can still manage to ride downhill with it if you have some experience.

The board is also compact and portable, allowing you to carry it pretty much anywhere you want to go. The smaller versions of the board can even fit inside a large backpack when you are not riding the skateboard. 

The Dinghy is also available in more than two versions with three different sizes. This provides you with endless variety to choose from, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Thanks to the versatile design of the longboard, you’ll have a fun time riding it on the city streets but you won’t have a problem riding on the rough off-road trails if you have to.

For a board that costs less than $200, the Dinghy boasts a host of high-performance features ensuring you get a bang for the buck when you buy one!

What Didn’t We Like?

If you have bigger than average-size feet, you might have a hard time riding on the smaller deck of the Dinghy. Tall people may also struggle to find a comfortable stance on the board. 

The maple wood used on the deck is not adequately water-resistant and tends to soak in water over time, resulting in a heavy skateboard.

The Landyactz Dinghy is not suitable for beginners who have no experience in skateboarding. It is best fit for intermediate of pro riders. 

Pros and Cons

  • Wheel wells
  • Can perform some tricks

Is the Landyachtz dinghy good for beginners?

If you are a beginner with some skateboarding experience but never tried riding a longboard before, then a Dinghy shouldn't pose much trouble for you. However, if you are completely new to skateboards, you shouldn’t choose the Dinghy for your first skateboard ride. It is just not stable enough for a beginner rider.

 Is the Landyachtz dinghy good?

The Landyactz is a remarkable cruiser and a favorite in the market. It comes with a top notch design that combines an array of quality features to deliver superior performance on all kinds of surfaces. Furthermore, it offers great value for the money considering that you can get for less than $200.

 Can you Ollie on a dinghy?

You can pull off an ollie on the Dinghy if you know how to! The stiff deck and the kicktail design allow you to perform an ollie without much trouble. You won’t need to use your hands to get the board in the air; the kicktail enables you to pop up the board with your feet!

 Can you do tricks on a Landyachtz?

The design of the Landyachtz lets you pull off a couple of tricks if you have the right experience. Thanks to the kicktail on the board, you’ll be able to perform tricks such as manuals, kickflips, and ollies. 

However, the wheels on the board are a little heavier and stickier, so the board may react slower when trying to do an ollie. As such you’ll only be able to perform basic tricks with the Landyachtz; not the complicated skatepark tricks!


From the above Landyactz Dinghy review, I can conclude that the board is an ideal choice for those looking for a mini cruiser that is compact and light enough to carry anywhere, and agile enough to perform tricks yet stable enough to offer a comfortable ride.

The board boasts a versatile design that mixes a host of top notch features and components to deliver the ultimate cruiser experience. It is the perfect choice to swerve through the crowded city streets as you commute to school.

Unfortunately, you’ll only realize the joy of riding the Dinghy if you have some skateboarding experience. So, whether you are looking for a skateboard to cruise, commute, or simply have fun with, look no further than the Landyachtz Dinghy !

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Landyachtz Dinghy Review

October 9, 2021

Landaychtz dinghy review honey island graphic

This week’s article is a Landyachtz Dinghy review. This is easily one of the most popular cruisers on the market, and one of the first boards many own. However, it doesn’t have the greatest of reputations amongst the “core” crowd. Check it out below to find out what I think.

Table of Contents

  • Length : 28.5inches
  • Width : 8inches
  • Construction : 7plys of Maple
  • Concave: Mellow
  • Shape : Single kick
  • Gritpape : Fine Landyachtz grip
  • Trucks : Bear 105mm/7inch TKP trucks
  • Wheels : 63mm, 78a Fatty Hawgs 
  • Bearings : Bear Spaceballs Bearings
  • Accessories : 1/4inch riser
  • Graphic : Honey Island

Big thanks to SkateboardersHQ for helping me out with this board!

And yes! I am a sponsored Landyachtz rider. That will not affect the review. I will be unbiased. I will be honest and critical where I need to be.

Is the Landyachtz Dinghy good (summary)?

Yes, it is a good board, I’ve really enjoyed using mine. However, one or two things aren’t the best. And whilst it does a lot of things well, it suffers when it comes to being focused and great for one discipline – for example, tricks or sliding. Truly a jack of all trades, master of none sort of board.

Landyachtz Dinghy review Honey Island

And at the end of the day, it is simply a mini-cruiser – it’s been designed with portability as being its main strength and greatest fatures. Whilst a mini-cruiser is excellent for somethings, it isn’t the best for others.

One thing is clear though, this board is a lot of fun.

Check out my guide to the best mini cruisers

The Dinghy is super nimble and agile

The Dinghy reacts quickly to your input and changes direction on a dime. The bushings in the Bear TKP trucks are surprisingly soft, and this allows you to get the trucks to quickly shift direction.

However, how much you can turn and how quickly feels limited by the wheels – they start to slip when you turn too quickly. The Chubby Hawgs are good wheels, but they lose grip if you dive too quickly into the turn and the board wants to slip out from under you. I can see the Plow Kings (which come on the Dinghy Turbo King and Turbo) to be better suited for gripping turns and changing direction quickly – slaloming between objects and that type of thing. 

If you have no desire to slide or just want to dive into and take those turns with confidence, the Dinghy Turbo or Turbo King are the better options for you – they come with the grippier Plow King wheels.

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The trucks are quite “loose feeling”

As I said earlier, the bushings are quite soft. Most people are not going to feel totally comfortable on the board with the bushings the way they are. I recommend you tighten the kingpin down a little bit (maybe a full turn or two), to give you a slightly stiffer and easier to control ride. You’ll also feel a bit more comfortable and confident.

If you weigh about 130lbs and less, I expect that you’ll be happy with how the bushings feel out of the box.

Check out my my indpeth guide to the best mini cruiser longboards here .

You don’t get wheel bite with the Dinghy

As loose and as soft as the bushings are, you don’t get wheel bite at all on the Dinghy. At least I didn’t haha. If you’re heavier than 150lbs (or 70kg), which is how much I weigh, you MIGHT get bite on the setup. I don’t seeing it being an issue for most people to be honest.

The no wheelbite thing is because of the tall risers and the wheel wells drilled into the deck.

The turning is smooth

I didn’t expect the bushings to be as soft as they are on the Bear TKPs. Despite this, the TKPs turn smoothly. However, the TKPs tend to “flop” into the turn. By this I mean they tend to lean more than they turn.

I didn’t enjoy this flop to turn feel, and it actually made riding the Dinghy not that enjoyable. I had to make some slight changes to make it feel perfect.

In order to get them to turn more than they lean, I flipped the washer on the front truck, and tightened the back truck a little bit. This gave the front top bushings more freedom and allowed the truck to turn more – atleast that’s how it felt.

After doing this, the board had a forward biased turning. It felt more stable, had more control and it was easier to dive in and out of turns. I really liked how it felt. I recommend you do the same to your Dinghy.

The Landyachtz Dinghy is comfortable to stand on

At 8inches in width and 28inches in length, the Dinghy doesn’t have the most room to stand on. Thankfully, the concave is mellow and doesn’t get in the way of your feet at all. The concave features are near non-existent and aren’t worth mentioning at all tbh.

Landyachtz Dinghy concave

So yeah the Dinghy is comfortable to stand on and it is a comfortable board to ride.

Not comfortable for long rides

However, like all mini cruisers, after about 10minutes your feet start to ache and get tired. Mini Cruisers aren’t the best for skating longer than 10minutes – they’re small, agile and because of this your feet have to work hard to keep the boards going straight. It gets tiring quickly.

If you’re skating longer than 10minutes or long distances, wider, longer and lower boards like the Landyachtz Drop Cat are gonna be better suited for you.

It’s easy to push

The Dinghy is super easy to push. The board is rather lightweight and the wheels are small. Smaller wheels tend to accelerate quicker, and the Chubby Hawgs get up to speed fairly quickly.

It’s not the best for skating longer distances

However, whilst it does accelerate quickly and is easy to push, the wheels don’t hold on to their speed very well and don’t coast for very long – simply because of their 63mm size. 

They do still coast a bit, but I found myself pushing quite a bit to keep the boards speed up.

For longer distances, bigger 70mm+ wheels are more desirable. They have a higher top speed and coast for longer.

Is the kicktail usable?

The kicktail is very usable. It’s great to use when going up and down curbs and when picking up the board.

Can you do tricks on the Landya€chtz Dinghy?

Yes, but not really. I could do Ollies, Pop shuvits and one or two easy tricks, but more complex things were harder to do. For example, I couldn’t kickflip the Dinghy very easily. I didn’t feel comfortable doing so or even trying.

Landyachtz Dinghy ollie

Can you learn tricks on the Dinghy?

You might be able to, but because the Dinghy is small and has relatively heavy wheels – the Chubby Hawgs are considerably wider, taller and meatier than proper skateboard wheels. There is gonna be a steeper learning curve. In fact, some might find it too difficult.

If you already know how to do skateboard tricks, then it is easy to apply them to the Dinghy. But if you don’t, learning is a tough task. If you want to learn tricks on a cruiser, an all-around hybrid like the Landyachtz ATV or the Stoked Ride Shop cruiser would be better options.

Can you slide on the Landyachtz Dinghy?

Yes you can. The Chubby Hawgs break out into slides pretty smoothly. I do think they have a break in period though, because at the beginning of trying to slide them they weren’t super smooth, but they got smoother the more I tried.

They do honk a lot though, and that might be an issue for some.

Landyachtz Dinghy toeside slide

Can you learn to slide on the Dinghy?

Yes and no. Again, the Dinghy is not going to be the best for learning to slide mainly because of it’s small size and really just how it rides. If you choose it to learn to slide on it you’re going to have a very steep learning curve.

There are better options for learning to slide and I recommend you get those instead. You’ll have an easier time learning.

Is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for downhill skating

No, not really. It can handle some light hills and you likely can take it up to 20mph, but beyond that you’re asking for trouble. If you want to skate fast, get a board built for it.

And it’s not that the Dinghy specifically is bad for skating down hills. It’s just that mini cruisers are inherently bad for skating fast and speed. Their tiny wheelbases, bushings, TKP trucks and narrow sizes just make them awful for skating fast. You’re likely going to wobble out.

Yes I know I skate mine fast and I know other riders do so too. But I skate downhill primarily and I’m used to speed – I’ve been doing this for the last 4 years. The average rider or beginner can not do the same and you likely will get hurt.

Is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for learning to skate?

Yes and no. Mini Cruisers are generally not beginner friendly boards. They react a lot to your input and this isn’t good for a beginner finding their balance on a skateboard. So yeah, they have a slightly steeper learning curve.

But yeah with some effort you can learn on them. Of course there are sharper tools for the job out there and a board like the Drop Cat 33 is gonna be more beginner friendly. It is more stable, easier to push and easier to balance on.

However, for kids, I’d say they make excellent beginner boards. The Dinghy is the perfect size for kids.

What changes did I make to mine?

The only changes I made was tightening the kingpin a little bit and flipping the top washer in front so that the front truck turned more. I kept it pretty much stock otherwise.

Landyachtz Dinghy front bear truck

This is what the back truck looked like (the picture below). Just to illustrate the difference for ya.

Are the components high-quality?

The components on the Dinghy are great. The trucks, wheels and pretty much everything else is high-quality.

Are the trucks good?

The trucks are great. They have a smooth, controllable turn. They don’t suddenly twitch or fight you to stay straight.

They come with high-quality bushings and pivots – which aid in that smooth, controllable feeling. Finally they are pretty strong and are made with heat treated aluminum, with any unnecessary material cut away. The trucks have an excellent finish and look great,

For the technical TKP people, I think Bear trucks are built more around cruising and sliding stuff, rather than behaving like the average TKP. Where the average TKP would be good for skate park stuff … I think … idk. I have limited experience with TKPs if I’m being honest.

Bear 105mm tkp trucks for Landyachtz Dinghy

One issue though is how they turn. As I highlighted before, they sort of flop into the turn. Flipping the top washer one the front truck solved this though.

Are the wheels good?

I was surprised by the Chubby Hawgs! These wheels roll fast and pick up speed quickly. They also providing a comfortable ride and roll over cracks, pebbles and other muck in the road fairly well. Pretty smooth wheels I gotta say.

Chubby hawgs 63mm for the Landyachtz Dinghy review

Pebble avoidance system

Because the wheels are large (63mm) and soft (78a), they can roll over pebbles and cracks with ease. A big pebble will stop you though, but if you got enough speed/momentum and weight the board properly (shift like 80% of your weight to the back) you can power through almost anything.

The bearings are decent too

The Bear Spaceballs are great bearings that roll smoothly and quietly. Starting out, they leak a bit of oil, but this is just the excess lubricant leaking out. I recommend you wipe them down after this happens or your bearings and wheels will get dirty. Other than that, they work great. No issues so far.

Bear spaceball bearings

Is the price of the Dinghy fair?

You’re looking to pay anything from $130 to $160 for a Dinghy. It is quite expensive, especially for a mini-cruiser. However, you are getting a complete that is pretty great straight out of the box. 

Other mini cruiser completes I’ve tried have had one or two things wrong with them and they made me want to change or modify them slightly. Though I did change the washer configuration, I haven’t had to buy anything for the Dinghy.

And given I expect the Dinghy to last me about two years and more, I think the price is reasonable. This board is an investment that gives me enjoy, allows me to have fun and gets me from place to place. I use it fairly frequently (like almost every other day) so it’s worth it in my eyes. 

It might not be worth it if you don’t use it as frequently as I do tbh. And I’m also of the school of thought of “cheap is expensive” and “buy once or buy twice” so …

However, not everyone has $130+ to spend on a cruiser, and if you’re part of that group, below are some alternatives.

Where to buy the Landyachtz Dinghy?

You can buy the Dinghy here on the Landyachtz website. Use the code – “ AroniSkate&Explore15 ” for 5% off.

You can buy the Landyachtz Dinghy here on the Stoked ride shop . 

Or you can buy the Landyachtz Dinghy here at Amazon.com.

Landyachtz Dinghy alternatives

  • Stoked ride shop complete – great budget cruiser with great components about $90. Check it out here on the Stoked ride shop website.
  • Fireball cruiser -Great complete about $110. Check it out here on the Stoked ride shop website.
  • Magneto mini cruiser – budget cruiser, poor components but only costs about $70. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

What I didn’t like about the Dinghy?

There’s not much I didn’t like about the Dinghy. Of course, there’s a lot I don’t generally like about mini cruisers and there’s a lot I can say about that. But as a mini cruiser, the Dinghy is great.

One thing I didn’t like was how the trucks turned. But with the light modification I did, it wasn’t an issue anymore.

What do I think the Dinghy is best for (best use)?

  • Best for skates under 10minutes long. After 5-10minutes, the Dinghy and other mini cruisers tire you out. You have to actively work to keep them going straight and have to also work hard to keep the moving.
  • Not the best for longer distances – best for rides less than 3miles/5km long. 
  • Best for short skates. Eg. When you get off the bus and are going to work.
  • Excellent for messing around on.
  • Excellent for storing and being portable.
  • Not the best for tricks, sliding, downhill or going fast.
  • Great for kids.

Landyachtz Dinghy honey island details

Who should get the Dinghy?

  • A kid wanting a beginner board.
  • Someone looking for a comfortable mini cruiser.
  • If you’re looking for a portable, easy to store board.
  • If you want a board that is fun to mess around on when you have a few minutes to skate each day.
  • You need a transportation option to quickly get you over a mile or so.
  • You want a board to quickly get you across campus.
  • If you want to buy someone an awesome present etc.

Who shouldn’t get the Dinghy?

The Dinghy isn’t right for you if:

  • You primarily want to do downhill skating, tricks, or sliding.
  • Learning any of the above is what you want to do with it.
  • You want a board to commute over 3miles/5km with.
  • You have huuge feet – I have size 9.5US/10UK feet and the Dinghy is borderline comfortable. Anyone with bigger feet might not be comfortable.

What y’all think? Is the Dinghy the right board for you?

The Dinghy is a pretty great board and I can say I’m happy with it. I really had my doubts – mainly because of the influence of other riders, but having tried the real thing I’m stoked. Of course, it does have its limitations, but hopefully, I’ve done a good job of highlighting what it’s best for and what its not good for.

Big thanks to my SkateboardsHQ for lending me the board and big thanks to all my patrons for the support – Jed, SuperbadJuju, Mowgii, Bryan, Andrew, Jan, Jay, Owen, Samil, Daniel, Alex, Kasajja, Leah, Helge, Jackson, DeLacoste and Justin. I couldn’t write articles like this without you guys’ support. I used the money from my Patreon to buy this grip.

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Nice review! Have you tried Pilsner or Pocket Rocket from Arbor, former is of similar size as dinghy but with 129 Paris street trucks. Would love to know what you think of it.

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I haven’t tried it, but it is a great board. Great components too. It should ride good 🙂

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How To Ride A Landyachtz Dinghy | Complete Guideline!

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy?

The Landyachtz Dinghy is one of the well-known cruiser boards out there. It offers good quality and is a great choice if you want to do some tricks while cruising.

Now, that being said, knowing how to ride a landyachtz dinghy can be difficult for beginners and newcomers who just started with skateboarding.

But don’t worry, because, in this article, we will break down everything that you will need to know about how to ride this cruiser board. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the steps, shall we?

Here Our Complete Landyachtz Dinghy Review article. we discus about 2 best Landyachtz Board.

Riding Landyachtz Dinghy: A Step-by-Step Guide

Here are the basic steps that one should follow when learning how to ride a landyachtz dinghy –

Step 1: Getting the Appropriate Footwear

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy: Getting the Appropriate Footwear

Wearing proper footwear is the first step of riding skateboards and cruisers in the first place.

Skate shoes are the best option when selecting footwear to ride a landyachtz dinghy. Now, if you don’t have a pair of skate shoes, then your regular sneakers or running shoes will do the job perfectly.

But don’t select any flip-flops or sandals because you will need to move your feet easily and smoothly, and these sandals don’t offer that while skateboarding.

In a worst-case scenario, you may end up hurting your ankle in the process if you are not careful with picking footwear for yourself.

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Step 2: wear your safety gears.

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy: Wear Your Safety Gears

If you are a beginner or trying cruise skateboards for the first time, then it will take a few tries for you to get the hang of it.

As learning from your mistakes is how you get to understand balancing on a skateboard . So, you can be sure that you will fall from time to time when learning how to ride.

In order to be safe in this sort of scenario, it is best to wear your safety gear until you figure out how to maintain your balance on your landyachtz dinghy .

But even then, we suggest that you keep your safety gears on as it is better to be safe than getting hurt.

So, wear your helmet correctly, and don’t forget to add pads before starting to practice.

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Step 3: Find Your Dominant Foot

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy: Find Your Dominant Foot

A key part of skateboarding is finding your dominant foot and learning how to use them. The foot you will use to put your weight over the skateboard is the dominant foot. This foot is used to balance your body during skating.

There are two types of dominant foot in skating – regular foot and goofy foot. When someone uses their left foot as their dominant foot, it is regarded as a regular foot, and the opposite is the goofy foot.

Finding whether you are a regular foot or a goofy foot is quite simple. Most of the time, the foot that you naturally move is your dominant foot. So, you can either go with instinct or do a small test to find your dominant foot.

Just ask someone to give you a small push on the back, and the foot that naturally moves forward to stop the pushing force is your dominant foot.

Remember, the opposite foot of your dominant foot is the one you will be using to push forward when riding your landyachtz dinghy.

Step 4: Stand on Your Landyachtz Dinghy

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy: Stand on Your Landyachtz Dinghy

Once you have settled on your dominant foot, put your dominant foot on the board first. Be sure to balance your body with your other foot.

And once you have placed your dominant foot on the board, you can check your balance by putting your other foot on the board too.

It would help if you kept in mind that your dominant foot or front foot should be placed slightly forward from the middle of the board, and your other foot should be placed near the edge of the board.

Step 5:  Pushing the Board with Your Feet

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy: Pushing the Board with Your Feet

After you manage to perfectly balance yourself (note that you may have to do multiple tries), then use your pushing feet to push forward gently.

Make sure that your pushing foot doesn’t touch the ground afterward. Lean your body a little so that you can easily gain the much-needed momentum.

We don’t expect you to nail it at the first attempt successfully. So, be prepared to lose balance when you try this.

If you feel like you are losing your balance, put your pushing foot on the ground to regain your balance.

Try this a couple of times until you feel like you are not losing your balance easily or at the beginning of the attempt. And just like that, now you know how to start moving with your Landyachtz Dinghy .

Step 6: Maintaining Balance During Motion

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy: Maintaining Balance During Motion

Here comes the most challenging part of skateboarding, keeping your balance while you are in motion. The core concept of maintaining your balance is to use legs and waist.

A pro tip is to just move your waist and legs towards the direction you lose your balance.

As you are just starting out, we suggest that you don’t start your balance practice with a strong push. Start with a low pace at first and then slowly increase the speed.

Step 7: Coming to a Stop

how to ride a landyachtz dinghy: Coming to a Stop

Once you have completed all the other mentioned steps, the final step that you need to learn is how to stop your board. This process is very similar to starting your board for movement. It would help if you used your pushing foot again.

When you are in motion and need to stop, just put your pushing foot on the ground slowly. It would be best if you didn’t use instant force as you might end up losing your balance and can come down to the ground with increased momentum.

So, slowly put your foot on the ground and start to apply pressure. And due to this resistance, your speed will start to decrease, and soon you will come to a stop.

And that’s it. This is how you can ride your landyachtz dinghy .

How to Ride A Landyachtz Dinghy: For The First Time Ever!

Final Thoughts

Landyachtz dinghy is one of the best cruiser skateboards on the planet. And if you don’t know how to ride a landyachtz dinghy , then you are missing out on a lot of excitement and adventure.

But, if you have come this far in the article, then you know every necessary steps to ride on this board.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your landyachtz dinghy and start cruising!

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9 Best Mini Cruiser Skateboards – Tested & Approved

By: Author Ruben Vee

Posted on Published: November 17, 2021  - Last updated: December 7, 2023

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best mini cruiser skateboards

The great thing about mini cruisers is that they are suitable for commuting without having to carry a huge and heavy board around. Mini cruisers have big soft wheels and despite being smaller, they still allow for carving.

Cruising is also a great workout, you have to push more often compared to cruiser longboards, but they ride way more aggressive assuming you pick the right board.

Lets dive into a list of the best mini cruiser skateboards!

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1. Landyachtz Dinghy

2. magneto mini cruiser (budget), 3. arbor oso (old school cruiser), 4. arbor pilsner (winner), 5. comet cruiser, 6. globe big blazer (best for beginners), 7. arbor pocket rocket, 8. santa cruz flame dot shark 28′, 9. custom cruiser (cheaper option), don’t forget a skate tool, best mini cruiser skateboards & longboards.

These decks are loved by cruiser boarders for their looks, performance, and quality of the components. This is not your typical list post just summing up pros and cons.

I tested all of the cruisers myself, no fake stuff but my personal experience may differ from yours. I tested even more cruisers, you can find the link at the bottom of this page.

Landyachtz Dinghy details

One of the best mini cruisers is the Landyachtz Dinghy.  The Dinghy is the little brother of the Tug Boat and the parts are high quality and are very well-tuned. The Dinghy is the favorite among cruisers and works extremely well out of the box! Check out the test drive I did with a friend. I did an in-depth review recently if you want all the details, this board is a rock star.

Landyachtz has been building boards for decades and produce their own wheels and trucks. Their cruisers are well known for their quality and durability.

The Dinghy is the perfect cruiser/commuter board that you can easily carry around. The smaller versions can even be stowed away in a backpack but this version needs to be strapped on. Some airlines even allow these boards as a carry-on, as long as you abide by the rules.

The small wheelbase and trucks (105mm) make it responsive and turns but it easily snaps back into position meaning it’s also surprisingly stable for its size, but you need to tighten the trucks a bit. Don’t tighten the nuts on the kingpins right away.

Ride it about one hour or rock and carve for about 30 minutes before you do, otherwise, you might compromise the integrity of the bushings. I tightened them a little bit which made a huge difference.

It’s the perfect balance between cruising, carving and small enough to do some basic tricks (though for that I recommend a regular skateboard).   

The Dinghy has been around for a while and the design changed a bit over the years. Still, it’s the number one mini-cruiser out there. Mini cruisers aren’t exactly cheap, at least a decent one isn’t.

The problem with many cheap cruisers is that they are made of poor quality components. Sure you can get a cruiser for around 70 bucks but the bearings are usually of low quality and the wheels consist of a cheap polyurethane (plastic) mix.

Anyway here’s why this cruiser is the most popular:

  • Easy to carry around, it’s small (28,5”) perfect for commuting (there are also even smaller versions)
  • The kicktail allows you to do some tricks or hop curbs
  • High-quality wheels that are great on rough surfaces, the big soft wheels give a butter-smooth ride
  • It has a mellow concave which makes the board more responsive
  • Price quality the best choice, durable components that last a long time
  • It’s just a really fun ride and it’s very silent.

You can either get harder bushings or take your time to get used to it, but there’s an alternative.  I was told larger and tall or riders with big feet will have a harder time learning to cruise on this board. I don’t think this is true but you could go for the Landyachtz Tugboat instead. It’s a bit more expensive.

Some people claim this isn’t a board for beginners, but I let a few beginners ride this board and they really liked it. One person said it felt heavy but was surprisingly stable, she actually did a fine job riding this thing. It probably has to do with the fact that this board is very stiff.

Anyway, this is the ultimate cruiser that allows you to do basic tricks and can take you everywhere. Landyachtz is an excellent brand and they know what people want, you won’t be disappointed.

Check for prices on Amazon.

Landyachtz Dinghy parts

Board (or Deck)

The board consists of 7ply’s of maple wood ( 7 layers pressed and glued together) which is the best quality wood when it comes to skateboards. Because it’s a smaller board it isn’t very flexy. The board feels stiff which ads stability and has a mellow concave . The concave is perfect for carving as it allows your feet to get more grip when you lean.

Maple wood is perfect but it requires you to take care of your board. It’s organic material and you need to keep it dry. Don’t leave it outside when it’s too hot, this is bad for the epoxy resin that holds the ply’s together. Same for rain, the glue can resolve and the board will start to delaminate.

As for grip tape, this version has clear grip on top (which can get dirty) but there are also versions with dark grip tape. The grip isn’t annoyingly rough and it isn’t hard to move your feet around.

This board also has wheel wells that help to prevent wheel bite (your wheels coming into contact with the board when you carve).  The tail is slightly elevated ( kicktail ) and allows you to hop curbs and even some ollies.

The trucks are rather narrow (105mm) but that’s to be expected on a board this size. Smaller trucks are less stable in general but fine for cruising around. Landyachtz produces its own trucks so you don’t get any crappy off-brand stuff. They come with Polar Bear trucks and reinforced axles and quality material hangers. the bigger bushing seats increase turn ability and the riser pads help to prevent wheel bite.

The baseplate has 8 holes so you can decide if you want to ride an old school or new school trucks (that’s a subject for another time).

They may feel a bit loose or turny at the beginning but your bushings need so time to break-in. You can tighten the nut on the kingpins once you cruised for a couple of hours. Don’t do this right away or you could crush the bushings.

Wheels & Bearings

The Dinghy comes with big soft wheels and is crazy fast. The hardness is 78A on the durometer scale and they have a diameter of 63mm. The wheel size and hardness (or softness) can deal perfectly with small rocks, cracks, and twigs meaning objects won’t block the wheels when you’re cruising.

Try to avoid glass when you spot some, it may get stuck in your wheels which is really annoying, even though the wheels are made high-quality urethane, you don’t want to get anything stuck in them.

Bearings are often overlooked but they make your wheels spin. Good bearings will let your wheels spin for minutes and bad ones less than 5 seconds. You can imagine the effort it would require to push a board with bad bearings.

The Dinghy comes with Bear Spaceball bearings which are fine. The bushings are protected by spacers which are attache to rings and keep out dust and dirt from entering the bearings.  Try to maintain them by cleaning them once a season, they’ll last much longer.

I’m not 100% convinced of the bearings just yet, so I’ll update this post and share how they hold up. UPDATE : so far they are holding up fine. Testing new bearings soon! Update 2: New bearings are so much better. Keep on reading though, because I tested a cruiser that you can’t possibly regret buying.

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magneto mini cruiser

This is the cheapest on this list but can still be considered a decent mini-cruiser if you’re willing to ignore its flaws. I tried my best to find a board that’s a bit cheaper and still provides somewhat of a cruiser experience.

The bearings aren’t great, but you should be able to fix this a bit by applying some silicone lube. This will make them spin faster but you could also consider getting a set of high-quality bearings once you get comfortable cruising around.

Sometimes the deck is a bit warped so make sure to check it properly before you ride it. They are mass-produced and sometimes a faulty board slips through standard quality checks. Mine is perfectly fine and I’m still impressed by what you get for the money. For a detailed

I actually paid more than double because I needed to import and show you some decent images. It looks a lot like the Dinghy, to be honest, I wonder why… Anyway, I just wrote an in-depth review and found some interesting facts you won’t read anywhere else. In short, a decent budget cruiser but it has some issues.

magneto cruiser side view

I think this cruiser is fine to start with if you’re on a budget. The bushings are soft and the trucks feel very loose. Ride it for an hour or so and adjust the tightness of the trucks. You could also you to save a little extra and go for something of higher quality. It doesn’t compare to the other boards listed here.

You really need to push often to maintain speed which would be frustrating for a more experienced rider. If you can save some more money and get a better board.

Beginners seem to like this board and I think it’s a good choice if you’re new to riding but it doesn’t provide the ultimate cruising experience. I think that’s just too much to ask for considering its price. It definitely has that ‘WOW new cool board, must ride now’ feel. Still, you get what you pay for. 

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arbor dinghy and magneto cruisers next to each other

The Arbor Oso Foundation cruiser is much wider and more beginner-friendly than the Dinghy or Magneto, and it just looks rad. High-quality board and parts! I just did my first test ride and this may be my new favorite cruiser.

Be aware that this board is really hard to come by these days, they are usually out of stock because of the global mess we are in.

It’s rather wide and less nimble compared to the Dinghy but it’s such a calm and relaxing experience when you ride this board. It’s fast, stable and has no issues with gravel, cracks or rough surfaces.

arbor pilsner

If you’re in doubt about the Dinghy’s size, this one is probably a good alternative . I recently tested and reviewed this board and am pretty much in love. In short, this board is rad, super stable and comfy!

I fell in love at my first push, it just feels so stable. The wide trucks provide a stable ride and if you place your feet incorrectly you’ll notice but it won’t feel uncomfortable. The thing about narrow boards is that you need to place your feet exactly right, this board is pretty forgiving and you can slowly adapt to find your perfect stance.

It’s fast! I didn’t expect this board to go so hard when you push its limits but it doesn’t care. No matter how hard you push, this cruiser just goes on without wobbling. I think this guy can be even used to ride bowls, the wheels aren’t too big and they offer lots of grip.

Arbor Oso Foundation bottom view design

  • Length: 31.5″
  • Width: 9.5″
  • Wheelbase: 14.5″
  • Concave: Radial – Depth: Medium
  • Griptape: Clear, Spray-On
  • Flex Level: Stiff
  • Wheels: 78A – 61mm – 36mm contact patch
  • 7 Ply Maple | Premium Wood Topsheet

Buy this board  if you’re a beginner, heavier or taller,  and want a stable cruiser versatile cruiser. This board just rocks but make sure to loosen the trucks a bit, they are rather tight out of the box which makes turning a bit harder.

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It also takes some time to break in the bushings. If this board is too bulky for your taste, check out smaller the Arbor Pilsner at further down this page.

Arbor Cruiser

This is a beast of a deck and it’s impressive. I ordered a bunch of stuff for this blog and the arbor Oso was in the package which resulted in a huge box. The deck is huge, I mean almost 10 inches wide is pretty impressive. It looks solid and provides a lot of stability. Huge kicktail which is freaking awesome.

Arbor Oso foundation trucks

The 169mm Paris trucks are no joke, the stability they offer is something I really like but I needed to tweak them because they are pretty tight. The loser you tweak them, the more playful this board becomes. Reminder to beginners, if you don’t adjust the tightness you’re going to have a bad time.

The bushings are pretty hard I guess and as a beginner, you really need to be able to correct minor balancing errors. If you don’t loosen up the trucks you will eat shit. My friend (while testing) told me it felt sluggish and I experienced the same thing, once we adjusted the tightness of the kingpin nut, it made a huge difference.

Paris trucks are one of the best you can get when it comes to cruisers but you really need to make them work for you. You could consider swapping the bushings to make it more playful but it’s not really needed if you are a tall or heavy person.

Arbor Shakedown wheels

I was impressed at first but later realized the wheels are a bit of a compromise between pool/park skating and cruising. The Oso Artist version board for example, has 61mm/77A wheels which is a huge difference compared to 58mm/80a wheels.

I had to replace the wheels to make it a solid cruiser. I now ride this board with OJ super Juice 78a 60mm wheels and Bones Swiss 6 balls. It made a huge difference.

UPDATE: The Oso now comes with the softer Arbor Easy Rider wheels which is a huge improvement!

Great bearings for a complete, sure you can get way better bearings but this would only make the board more expensive. Not top-notch, but pretty fast nonetheless!

Arbor Pilsner mini cruiser

I think this mini cruiser is even better than the Dinghy. For just a bit more you get top-quality Paris Trucks, great wheels, and slightly wider board. I picked the Foundation version because it matches my Arbor Oso and its really a rad board.

OK dang, I think if you are looking for the best mini-cruiser, this is the absolute winner.  I had the honor of riding this board on a beautiful spring day which makes you appreciate the little freedom we have left (over here) at the moment. Check out my full review here and see why I think this is the best mini cruiser.

I am allowed to ride boards with my kid but it’s strongly advised to stay 2 meters away from others. Can do, I respectfully went out of my way if I was about to come too close to cyclists or pedestrians, but anyway this board man, it’s perfect!

Nimble, fast, agile, stable, beats longboards (my kid was challenged to a ‘downhill’ ride-off and the Pilsner made the longboard kid eat dust!). The wheels are superb and the Paris trucks are awesome. It’s very stable at a high velocity which surprised me, to be honest.

I’m just learning as I go and I get to test all this stuff and I was in awe of the Dinghy at fist but, this board really is the best complete cruiser you can possibly get (until I find a better one, which I doubt). You’ll notice the first time you step on this board, riding on clouds, super-fast, super nimble but I’m repeating myself.

If you are in doubt choosing between the Dinghy and the Pilsner, definitely go for the Pilsner , (link to Amazon).

  • Deck: 8.125″ x 28.75″
  • Trucks: Paris Trucks
  • Wheels: 61mm/78A Easyrider Bogart Wheels
  • Bearings: ABEC 5 Bearings
  • Wheelbase:15″

Available in many different colors /prints on Amazon

comet cruiser longboard from different angles

To be fair, this is not a mini cruiser but it’s also not a longboard. Let’s call it a cruiser.

The Comet Cruiser an okay cruiser but it has its limitations. Comet builds custom boards so you don’t get stock bushings, cheap wheels, crappy bushings, or anything mediocre.

  • Powell Peralte Snakes – 69mm/77A
  • Venom SHR bushings
  • Zealous precision bearings
  • Flexy CNC’d deck
  • paris trucks

At first it’s a super fun cruiser, but it’s pretty limited and unstable. Better to avoid if you’re looking for a versatile board.

Globe Big Blazer side

I promised my wife not to buy any more cruisers but alas, I couldn’t resist this board and I’ve been eyeballing the Globe Big Blazer for a while now. I don’t regret buying this board because it’s pretty awesome. Less agile and nimble compared to the Pilsner and Dinghy but a very stable and fast board.

In short, this cruiser is great for beginners, and heavier or taller riders. Check out my detailed review to learn more.

It’s the tallest board listed on this page and wider than the mini cruisers (with the exception of the Oso Foundation). It’s a very stable ride because of its dimensions but still pretty good at carving though it doesn’t turn as fast as the smaller cruisers. This one is also pretty stable on slopes as long as you keep going straight, speed wobbles tend to occur when you want to correct your path.

Globe Big Blazer bottom

They come in various sizes and the one displayed here is the 32″ version which is the same size as a regular skateboard. I let my son pick the graphic so I ended up with some psychedelic mushroom graphic but I must admit that I like it. Don’t worry there are many different graphics to choose from if this isn’t your thing.

I like how to colors of the wheels and trucks match the design and even the wheel wells match the colors. Gotta love the bottle opener which I noticed when unboxing the board. I had a good chuckle about that, I mean nothing better than riding on a warm summer day and opening a cold bottle of…uhm…water?

Anyway, let’s have a look at the components or watch my test ride (spoiler alert, it ends with a crash)

The deck is quite big but even though it’s wider and bigger than most of the boards here, it’s still considered a mini-cruiser. It has a low concave (just a slight camber), an angled kicktail, and a straight pointy nose. The edges have some sort of protective strip so the griptape won’t peel off which also makes this board look even better (in my opinion).

Because of it’s low concave, width, and length, this board is great for beginners. The shape will help you stay on the board and there’s less chance of losing your balance.

Globe Big Blazer trucks

The Globe Big Blazer comes with high-quality Tensor trucks which are quite wide and make the board feel very stable (Tensor is owned by Rodney Mullen). The bushings are just right for me and didn’t require a lot of time to break-in. I did a small adjustment because I wanted to loosen them a bit to increase its carving ability.

Globe Big Blazer wheels

Pretty smooth wheels with a large contact patch that provide extra stability. They are 62mm and 78A on the durometer scale which is great for a buttery smooth ride. They handle cracks well and I have no issues riding through a patch of grass or gravel.  I’m still testing this board so an in-depth review will have to wait but I’ll make sure to add a video once I recovered from an injury.

Size Comparison

Globe Big Blazer vs Dinghy

Here’s an image of how it compares to my Dinghy, it’s quite a difference as you can see. The Big Blazer is more than an inch wider (9.125″ at the widest part) and has less concave.

Great cruiser for beginners and I absolutely recommend this board to anyone who wants to start cruising. Very safe choice if you’re on the fence about the other smaller cruisers . Check for prices on Amazon.

Arbor Pocket Rocket

The Arbor Pocket Rocket is the most portable mini cruiser on this list. This one will fit in your (XL) backpack and is just 7.75″wide an 27″ long.

I was a bit skeptical about this board at fist but it is actually a really fun ride. Sure my feet stick out and I don’t think you should push the limits on this board, but it offers a comfortable ride.

This is not a beginner board, because of it’s size it’s harder for beginners to balance but it has a mellow concave that offers some extra real estate.

The bushings are hard and it takes some time to break them in. If you loosen the trucks a bit, carving will be much easier.

Super fun board on a budget and great for those who want something portable, smallest cruiser on this list!

It’s not even that expensive , check Amazon for prices

  • Hard stock Paris bushings, you need to tweak them a little
  • Very portable and lightweight
  • Fast acceleration but you need to push more often to gain speed
  • Not for beginners, taller riders, heavy riders
  • Deck: kicktail, nose, mellow concave
  • Length: 27″
  • Width: 7.75″
  • Wheelbase: 14″
  • Trucks: Paris Street 108mm
  • Arbor Easyrider: 61 mm /78A, 36 mm contact patch
  • ABEC 5 Bearings with Spacers
  • 1/8″ Hard Risers

Santa Cruz cruiser skateboard

I Just LOVE the looks of the Santa Cruz Flame, this board is both handsome and cunning but not for beginners. It’s way more fun to ride than the Arbor Pocket Rocket and quite carvy. Some will love the loose trucks, other might want to tweak them a little. It comes with big soft wheels and angled risers which makes this board a super fun ride.

Santa Cruz Flame dot wheels

I’ll Get into more details soon but rest assured, if you want something portable, carvy, and stunning. This is a great choice!

Cheap cruiser skateboard

I get many questions about skateboard that are suitable for both cruising and tricks, or cheaper cruisers that for that matter. To be honest, most of the boards listed here are expensive. I don’t want to convince you to buy trash, but the reality is that you get what you pay for if you buy one of those really cheap cruisers from Amazon.

You can build your own cruiser and assemble it yourself. The easiest is to get a wider popsicle setup. Get an 8.5″ wide deck , and change the wheels to OJ Super Juice 60mm/78A , add 149mm trucks and standard Bones Reds bearings .   You need to assemble this yourself, so don’t forget griptape and a skate tool .

  • Pick a high-quality deck.
  • Quality 149mm trucks that are fine for cruising and tricks.
  • Quality bearings + spacers
  • And most importantly awesome cruiser wheels!

Here’s what you should select, I picked the 8.5″ because it is more stable for beginners. You can also go for the standard 8.0″ which rides buttery smooth. If you want to go for an 8.0″ you only have to change the wheels, leave the trucks default (139mm) .

The setup here is great for cruising and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. You can even pop some ollies if you want. If you like to ride your trucks very loose add some 1/8″ riser pads which you can pick from Amazon.

Here’s another custom skateboard for cruising and tricks:

custom cruiser trick skateboard setup

This is a bit of an expensive setup but almost perfect:

  • 8.5 maple deck
  • GrindKing Disruptors, which are carvy and strong (you could also use standard Independent trucks).
  • Bones ATF Rough Riders 56mm/80A
  • Bronson Raw bearings
  • No risers and 7/8″ hardware
  • 8.5″ deck should have 149mm trucks and 60mm/78A OJ Super Juice cruiser wheels
  • 8.0″ deck, 60mm/78A OJ Super Juice cruiser wheels, and the standard 139mm trucks
  • If you want bigger wheels, add riser pads. You could also consider different bearings.

2 different skate tools

All of these boards are good to go straight from the box but might need some tuning. Get a skate tool from Amazon if you don’t have any tools at home. You probably need to adjust the trucks a bit if they feel too loose or tight.

I linked to a cheap skate tool, but if you are planning on swapping components regularly, get the Silver Skate tool. It’s the best tool you can get.

UPDATE: I now tested 11 of the best cruiser longboards / skateboards, make sure to also check that post as I added a few more.

Not all cruisers are equal, some are nimble and fast. Others are stable and more suitable for beginners. No matter what cruiser you pick, you have to practice a lot before you can comfortably ride. All these cruisers are great for kids and adults at any skill level. Some are a bit harder to learn to ride on, others are more accessible and stable.

If you can ride a small board, you can ride any skateboard. Just take it slow, get some protective gear and at some point, you’ll be cruising the streets like no other.

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I’m an aged skateboarder and still shred responsibly. Started skateboarding 25 years ago, peaked in the 2000’s, and still ride to this day. I am a total geek when it comes to skateboard gear, love test to stuff and share my findings.

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  • LIGHT AND PORTABLE - At just 28.5", the Landyachtz Dinghy is the perfect size for stashing in small areas. It can be easily carried around town or campus.
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Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete, Turbo Flight

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The Classic Dinghy shape has been the cornerstone of the Landyachtz cruiser lineup for many years now and it continues to deliver good times. At 28.5″ long and 8″ wide, it’s an agile city cruiser that can go where many boards can’t. The Classic Dinghy is pressed with 7 plies of Canadian maple for a light, stiff and poppy ride. It comes set up with Polar Bear Titanium 105mm trucks for maximum agility and a super-tight turning circle. 72mm 78a Plow King Hawgs wheels finish off the setup and ensure you’ll have a SUPER smooth ride with plenty of roll speed and grip.

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  • Made with 100% Canadian Maple
  • Low Concave for comfortable foot work
  • Sanded Wheel Wells to minimize bite
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This Complete Comes Built With...

  • Trucks:   Polar Bear  Titanium  105mm   Trucks  
  • Wheels:   Landyachtz Plow King Hawgs, 72mm/78a
  • Bearings:   Landyachtz Bearings
  • Bushings:   Standard Polar Bear Bushings
  • Risers:   1/4" Hard Risers
  • Hardware:   Landyachtz Hardware
  • Grip Tape:   Landyachtz Grip Tape


  • Length :   28.5"
  • Width :   8.6"
  • Wheelbase :   14.6"
  • Concave :   Mild
  • Nose / Tail :   Yes / Yes
  • Rocker / Camber :   None
  • Construction :   Maple
  • Special Features :   Massive 72mm wheels and titanium trucks


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  1. Landyachtz Dinghy Review

    The Landyachtz Dinghy is great for short distances. It's responsive, portable, and consists of quality parts that work straight out of the box. It handles well on rough roads but it's not for tricks, downhill, or riding skateparks. Beginners might find the Dinghy challenging.

  2. Landyachtz Dinghy Skateboard Review: What Riders Say About It

    Landyachtz Dinghy 28: 28.5″ length, 8″ width, 14.6″ wheelbase; Lanyachtz Mini Dinghy 26: 26″ length, 6.5″ width, ... The Landyachtz Dinghy is not for complete beginners. Due to its small size and responsive trucks, the Dinghy is quite twitchy - again, it's designed for nimble city cruising and slashing. ...

  3. Top 2 Landyachtz Dinghy: Good Longboard for Beginner

    The Landyachtz Dinghy measures 27.5 inches long, 9.75 inches wide, and 4.25 inches high. It weighs start from 4 pounds and can hold up to 220 pounds of weight. This board is great for anyone who wants to have a good time on their commute or at the local skate park!

  4. Landyachtz Dinghy Review (Breakdown)

    The Landyachtz Dinghy is commonly praised as one of the best mini-cruisers out there. But is it actually that good or just overhyped? That's what I cover in ...

  5. Setting Sail: My Landyachtz Dinghy Review

    The Dinghy is not really a board for beginners. As a complete from Landyachtz, it has hard quarter inch risers and the bushings are very soft. You're learning to balance on one foot while and likely shifting your weight between your feet. That's often how beginners skate, and the distance between the deck and the ground is too much for a ...

  6. Landyachtz Dinghy

    Landyachtz Dinghy 28: 28.5-inch length, 8-inch width, 14.6-inch wheelbase. ... Is the Landyachtz dinghy good for beginners? If you are a beginner with some skateboarding experience but never tried riding a longboard before, then a Dinghy shouldn't pose much trouble for you. However, if you are completely new to skateboards, you shouldn't ...

  7. 12 Reasons Why You Need a Landyachtz Dinghy + FAQs

    Reason #11 - The Build. The Landyachtz Dinghy deck is built using basic 7 ply maple deck construction techniques. In terms of building cruiser skateboards, this is tried and true gold. It's not the lightest material out there, but at only 28.5" (72.39 cm), it's tiny enough for no one to notice. Wheel wells cut into the deck match perfectly with ...

  8. The Landyachtz Dinghy is one of my favorite boards in the ...

    The Landyachtz Dinghy is one of my favorite boards in the quiver. Here's my review of it. gear Share Sort by: ... I also have another Dinghy deck with a slightly taller setup and wider wheels that's also a lot of fun. ... i just ordered a dinghy and the bit in your review about it not being for beginners is a bit worrying. i'm still stoked ...

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    The Landyachtz Dinghy is comfortable to stand on. At 8inches in width and 28inches in length, the Dinghy doesn't have the most room to stand on. Thankfully, the concave is mellow and doesn't get in the way of your feet at all. The concave features are near non-existent and aren't worth mentioning at all tbh. concav.

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    Dinghy Coffin XL - Drizzle. $149.99. The Dinghy skateboard is everyones favorite cruiser! The Dinghy has been our grab-and-go cruiser board for over a decade. It's tried and true, the reliable little skateboard that goes everywhere with you. Everyone who works at Landyachtz has at least one dinghy in their quiver and our team ask for Dinghys so ...

  11. How To Ride A Landyachtz Dinghy

    The Landyachtz Dinghy is one of the well-known cruiser boards out there. It offers good quality and is a great choice if you want to do some tricks while cruising. Now, that being said, knowing how to ride a landyachtz dinghy can be difficult for beginners and newcomers who just started with skateboarding.

  12. Beginner here! I just got my new dinghy from Landyatchz and I ...

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  14. 9 Best Mini Cruiser Skateboards

    I tested even more cruisers, you can find the link at the bottom of this page. 1. Landyachtz Dinghy. One of the best mini cruisers is the Landyachtz Dinghy. The Dinghy is the little brother of the Tug Boat and the parts are high quality and are very well-tuned. The Dinghy is the favorite among cruisers and works extremely well out of the box!

  15. Best cruiserboard for beginners : r/cruiserboarding

    One is a Landyachtz tugboat which is amazing but very quick, maybe a touch quick for beginners though. My other board is a penny 32" cruiser (blackout) ..the board is amazing for beginners! ... The Landyachtz dinghy is really nice but too risky for a beginner in my opinion. Good luck and enjoy! I'm 39 and take my board out every day for the ...

  16. Landyachtz Tugboat / Dinghy cruiser boards Comparison

    I present the Landyachtz Tugboat thorough review. I primarily compare it to its little brother the dinghy. The dinghy was perfect in my opinion so when Landy...

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    The Landyachtz Dinghy is an attractive smaller commuter longboard that you can easily carry in a backpack, under your arm, and it is easy to store in a closet or locker. It's adequately small for tricks like kickflips, ollies, and manuals and its kicktail allows you to easily jump off and on curbs and big potholes.

  18. Landyachtz Dinghy Review : (Updated For 2023!)

    The trucks and wheels on their completes are also designed and manufactured by Landyachtz Dinghy. You can be sure that they are also of high-quality. The price is affordable for the quality. For only $140 you can get yourself a high-quality skateboard. The designs are attractive even the simple ones are eye-catching.

  19. The Landyachtz Dinghy: The best cruiser board ever made

    The Dinghy has been a part of the Landyachtz lineup for 18 YEARS. It's been lovingly referred to as the best cruiser board by our staff and team. ... The dinghy is meant to be accessible so we pushed the shape to include a more practical kick tail, wider foot platform and wheel wells that allow for larger soft wheels. The modern Dinghy is an ...

  20. Best For Beginner : r/LandyachtzBoards

    Hey! It's a hard decision; I can totally relate. Landyachtz boards are great so you really can't go wrong. You haven't mentioned in your post what kind of skating you want to do. In the last 5 months I got a Dinghy Blunt (close to a Tugboat) and a Ripper (close to a dipper), and I love them both. I use the Dinghy for shorter trips and ...

  21. Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete Skateboard

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