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’ll be covering in this 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. They overall shape is very similar though.
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And as always, this is not sponsored, I bought this dinghy with my own money. If I ever receive a board for free, I’ll let you guys know and it’ll never sway my opinion.
Where To Buy?
I bought my Landyachtz from their official website and I’d recommend buying it from there.
Who Is It Best For?
First, if you don’t know what a cruiser board is, I like to explain it as a crossbreed between a skateboard and longboard. Pretty simple to understand, right?
Now that I’ve been riding this board for a while, I have a solid idea of who I think it’s best for.
If you’re looking for a high-quality mini-cruiser and your budget ranges from about 140-180ish, you should definitely consider it.
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.
Good For Beginners?
I’ve also seen many people ask if it’s a good beginner board and my answer to that is… well it can be. Let me clarify…
The more inexperienced you are, the better off you’ll be with a larger board. And that makes sense, right?
The more deck space, the more room you’ll have to put your feet and the easier it’ll be to balance.
Since these boards are mini-cruisers, then you might want to consider something longer. I’d recommend spending a little more for the Tugboat series, which is basically the same concept as the dinghy, just scaled bigger.
I’ll be putting together a beginner’s guide to picking a longboard, so stayed tuned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bearings are ABEC 7 Bear Spaceballs, which have the spacers built-in. 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.
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. The only other company I’ve come across that does this is Carver Skateboards.
It would be nice to see these bearings double capped. And what I mean is that Carver has metal sealed plates on each side, which I think is best from a durability standpoint. These spaceballs do have a small cap on the backside, but it’s not fully sealed. Not a huge deal, but I just love knowing they’re fully sealed – and maybe there’s a reason they’re not fully capped, who knows.
The trucks are Polar Bear 130mms, which is the same width of the deck, right around 8.5 inches. The first time I’ve ever 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.
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.
The bushings are colored a greyish blue, which basically matches the color of the deck. I’m not too sure what the duro 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.
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 duro, I’d send Landyachtz a message.
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.
But if I’m gonna be super nit picky, it’d be nice in the future if they capped the back of their spaceball bearings, just to put my mind at ease. I really don’t know if it even makes a difference from a durability aspect, especially since they’re sealed pretty tight to the wheel.
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.
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.
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!
If you have any questions, drop a comment and I’ll help ya out.