Landyachtz Dinghy Review: Good Beginner Board?

By Billy | Updated: September 15, 2020

Thinking about getting the Landyachtz Dinghy?

You’re in the right place because I bought and shredded it.

In this Landyachtz Dinghy review, I’ll go over the things I like and dislike about it to help you decide if it’s right for you.

landyachtz dinghy review

Also, just to clarify, this is the Dinghy Blunt UV Sun version, which is the same length and wheelbase, but .6 inches wider than the regular version. The overall shape is very similar though.

If you’d rather watch a video than read this article, check out our YouTube review.

Where To Buy?

Check your local shop and see if you can buy it through them. It’s always good to support local.

I bought my Landyachtz Dinghy from their official website and I’d recommend buying it from there. I had no issues getting it from their site.

Who Is It Best For?

The question shouldn’t be is the Landyachtz Dinghy good (because it is), instead, it should be who is it best for?

If you’re looking for a high-quality mini-cruiser at an affordable price, you should definitely consider the Landyachtz Dinghy. From the aesthetics to the components, everything is so solid. It’s one of my favorite mini-cruiser because it’s lightweight and portable.

It’s the perfect crossbreed of a traditional skateboard mixed with a longboard.

And here’s why – the deck shape, hardware, bearings, wheels – well just about every component that makes up this board is the definition of quality.

Bro, this is literally sounding like an advertisement right now, but I promise you it’s not. I’ve never talked to Landyachtz in my life, although if anyone at Landyachtz is watching this, I’d be stoked to work with you guys – just putting that out there.

landyachtz dinghy blunt uv

Is the Landyachtz Dinghy Good For Beginners?

The Landyachtz Dinghy can be a good beginner board, but it’s going to be less stable at higher speeds. There’s much less deck space, making it more challenging to balance on. If you’re an absolute beginner, then I probably wouldn’t recommend it for your first beginner board. However…

I don’t want to make a blanket statement because at the end of the day it comes down to your personal riding preference. If you want a high-quality mini-cruiser, and you know you’ll be fine with the size, go for it.

I’d recommend looking into the Tugboat series, which is basically the same concept as the dinghy, just scaled bigger.

If you’re completely lost, check out my beginner’s longboard guide which covers every type of longboard. It’ll help you get up to speed quickly.

Can You Ollie On A Landyachtz Dinghy?

Yes, it is possible to ollie on a Landyachtz Dinghy. However, it will be more challenging to ollie on a Dinghy compared to a traditional skateboard since the tail and nose are more low-key. I wouldn’t recommend it if you want to learn tricks, instead, get a regular skateboard.

Landyachtz Dinghy vs Penny Board

Since the Dinghy and Penny Nickel are a similar size, there are quite a few people wondering which one they should choose. 99% of the time I would recommend getting a Dinghy over the Penny Nickel because I’m not a huge fan of the plastic deck. Especially if you want to do tricks, the Nickel’s deck will bend and doesn’t have a nose, making it almost impossible to get off the ground.

However, the plastic deck that Penny offers will be more waterproof compared to the Dinghy’s wooden deck. If you want to see a more detailed review on the Penny Nickel, check it out here.

Parts Breakdown

The Dinghy Blunt UV Sun is 28.5 inches long by 8.6 inches wide, weighing in at about 5.5lbs. Carrying it around feels similar to a regular skateboard, just slightly heavier, but it’s hard to tell the difference. If portability is a must, the Dinghy is a great option.

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Deck

The deck is one of my favorite parts about this board, it has a slight concave, which is nice for holding your feet in place while doing carves. It’s very subtle and doesn’t feel aggressive at all.

It’s made of 7-ply Canadian maple, which is one of the best and most common deck materials to use. The defined tail and low-key nose allow you to easily throw down some tricks if that’s what you’re into.

The griptape is pretty standard, but I love the subtle landyachtz logo on it. Overall, the deck shape is one of the best I’ve come across and it’s clearly an inspiration for many of its competitors. From a design perspective, you can tell they put a lot of thought into making this board.

Hardware

Their bolts, nuts & washers are standard skate hardware. You can’t really go wrong with the hardware unless you’re buying a super cheap board.

Wheels

The wheels are 60MM 78a Chubbies made by Hawgs, which I’m pretty sure is Landyachtz wheel company. These are really solid cruiser wheels because they’re wider and softer than traditional skate wheels, allowing you to ride over pebbles/cracks easier.

Because they’re softer, they grip the pavement well while carving. It is possible to do some sliding on these but you’ll have to have a good amount of speed and put some effort into it.

hawgs wheels

Bearings

The Landyachtz Dinghy comes equipped with ABEC 7 Bear Spaceball bearings. They have the spacers built-in which I’m a big fan of. If you don’t know already, most spacers are completely separate from the bearing.

Landyachtz claims it makes the wheels chatter-free and is hard to argue considering they’re legit attached to the bearing.

bear spaceball bearings

I’ve always loved the built-in spacers approach because changing wheels or taking the bearings out to clean is way less of a headache since you don’t have to worry about lining up the spacers or keeping track of them. There are starting to be more and more companies switching to built-in spacer bearings. 

Trucks

The Dinghy comes with 130mm Polar Bear trucks, which is the same width as the deck, right around 8.5 inches. The first time I rode Bear trucks was probably 7ish years ago when I got my Loaded Tan Tien. I’ve never had any issues with those trucks besides some hardware rust which is common since they’re so old.

polar bear trucks

 I can’t say enough good things about Bear trucks – they honestly offer a high-quality truck at a decent price point.

There’s also a quarter-inch riser pad under the truck to help with wheelbite and in my experience, I haven’t got any wheelbite, so they do their job.

Bushings

The bushings are colored a greyish blue, which basically matches the color of the deck. I’m not too sure what the durometer of these bushings are, they don’t list it on their website so it’s hard to tell.

The bushings do squeak but that’s normal with any new board, you just gotta give it some time to break in.

polar bear bushings

Nothing really stood out about them, I was able to do smooth carves without anything noticeable, so that’s a pass in my book. I’ve never been one to tinker with bushings, but I know there are a lot of people out there that do, so if you’re concerned about the durometer, I’d send Landyachtz a message. 

Pros & Cons

In every review, I try my best to gather my thoughts and go over a few things I like and dislike.

Starting with the dislikes, which I’m not gonna lie, I struggled with. This might be the first board review where I had to really think about what I disliked about it.

Small

The other thing would be the size. While I love the portability of it, I couldn’t see myself riding this for longer distances. I’d probably just end up going for the Tugboat if I bought another cruiser. It just feels a little too tiny for my liking other than doing some short-distance cruising. But it’s hard to blame them since it’s a mini-cruiser, which is meant to be well, mini.

As far as my likes go for this board, I’ll start with the overall aesthetic.

Riding this board is awesome, especially with the kicktail, you can throw down some flip tricks if you want. I personally love the width of it – I’m a shoe size 11 and it feels just right.

Aesthetic

I briefly mentioned this earlier, but you can really tell Landyachtz took their time to nail down the visual. From the red graphic accents on the wheels matching the bearings to the wheel color matching the deck, overall, this board is art. I don’t know how else to say it. Like I almost didn’t even wanna ride it when I unboxed it.

Parts Quality

Not to mention every part of this board is top-notch. The bearings are really solid, the deck shape is amazing – you get the point.

One Board – One Tree

And on top of everything else, for every board they sell, they plant a tree. They claim one tree is equivalent to about sixty boards – round of applause for sustainability. We love sustainability, sustainability is great.

For the price, the Dinghy is worth it in my opinion and not to mention you’re helping the environment. If you buy a Dinghy you’re basically Elon Musk, which is just not true at all.

I hope you found this Landyachtz Dinghy review helpful!

what up i'm billy. i've been skating, surfing, and snowboarding most of my life. i enjoy shredding, then sharing my thoughts. hope it helps ya.