Landyachtz Dinghy Review: Good Beginner Board?

By Billy | Updated: March 3, 2022 | Cruiser Skateboards

If you’re looking for a premium mini-cruiser, you should definitely consider the Landyachtz Dinghy. I bought it a while back and it’s now a staple in my quiver. One of my personal favorites.

In this Landyachtz Dinghy review, I’ll cover the specs, compare it to other cruisers, and the pros/cons.

Is it right for you? Read on to find out.

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Parts Breakdown

Below are the specs for the Dinghy Blunt. It’s the same length and wheelbase as the Dinghy Classic, just 0.6 inches wider. The deck shape is similar.

Length: 28.5
Width: 8.6
Wheelbase: 14.6
Complete Weight: 5.5lbs

landyachtz dinghy

Deck

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

landyachtz dinghy deck

It’s made of 7-ply Canadian maple, so there’s no flex. The defined kicktail and low-key nose allow you to throw down flip tricks.

The griptape is standard. I love the subtle Landyachtz logo on it. The deck shape is one of the best I’ve come across. From a design perspective, you can tell they put a lot of thought into making this board.

landyachtz dinghy grip tape

Hardware

The Dinghy comes with Phillips head countersink bolts. Nothing stands out here. If you’re interested, you can learn more about skate hardware here.

landyachtz dinghy hardware

Wheels

The wheels are 60mm 78a Chubby Hawgs. Solid cruiser wheels since they’re wider/softer compared to traditional skate wheels.

They roll over pebbles/cracks with ease.

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 60mm 78a wheels

Bearings

Equipped with ABEC 7 Bear Spaceball bearings. They have the spacers built-in. If you don’t know already, most spacers are completely separate from the bearing.

I like having the built-in spacers because it makes changing wheels easy. You don’t have to worry about lining up the spacers or keeping track of them.

spaceball bearings

Trucks

The Dinghy comes with 130mm Polar Bear trucks. The first time I rode Bear trucks was 7ish years ago when I got my Loaded Tan Tien. Quarter-inch riser pads under the trucks to help prevent wheelbite.

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 offer a high-quality truck at a decent price point.

polar bear trucks

Bushings

I believe the barrel and cone bushings are 88a. Not 100%, but either way they feel solid for a cruiser.

They do squeak but that’s normal with any new board, you gotta give it time to break in. Or you can add some wax shavings in the pivot cups/washers to prevent squeaking.

polar bear bushings

In every review, I try my best to gather my thoughts and go over the pros & cons. Find them below.

Small

While I love the portability of it, the Landyachyz Dinghy is small. If you’re a bigger person, I’d recommend getting the Tugboat. This is subjective, because if you want something portable, then it could be a pro.

Deck Shape

The deck shape is well thought out. The kicktail degree is steep enough to throw flip tricks with ease. But not overly aggressive where it’s annoying for cruising. Same thing with the concave. Enough to lock you for deeper carves, but not aggressive.

Aesthetic

You can tell Landyachtz took their time to nail down the visual. Whoever designs the aesthetics clearly took an art class or two. Anytime I get a new LY setup, I always get the urge to hang it as an art piece instead of ride it.

Quality

After taking it completely apart, it’s clear that the components are quality. It’s top-notch.

Below are the most common comparisons and some frequently asked questions.

Dinghy vs Tugboat

The Dinghy is a small version of the Tugboat. The Tugboat is slightly longer and wider. It’s best to figure out what deck width you like and go from there. For reference, I’m a shoe size US men’s 11 and I prefer the Tugboat for the extra deck space. Below are specs for the Dinghy Classic, Blunt, and Tugboat.

Tugboat: L: 30″ W: 9″ WB: 15″

Dinghy Classic: L: 28.5″ W: 8″ WB: 14.6″

Dinghy Blunt: L: 28.5″ W: 8.6″ WB: 14.6″

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Dinghy vs Arbor Pilsner

The main difference is that the Pilsner is 0.25″ longer and wider than the Dinghy classic. But not as wide as the Dinghy Blunt. Both are solid mini-cruisers that I recommend. But, if I had to pick one, I’d go for the Dinghy because I like the aesthetic better. Also, the Dinghy comes with built-in spacer bearings, which I prefer. From a quality perspective, you can’t go wrong with either the Dinghy or Pilsner.

Arbor Pilsner: L: 28.75″ W: 8.25″ WB: 15.25″

Dinghy Classic: L: 28.5″ W: 8″ WB: 14.6″

Dinghy Blunt: L: 28.5″ W: 8.6″ WB: 14.6″

Dinghy vs Penny Board

The obvious difference between the penny/nickel board and Dinghy is the decks. Penny uses injection molding to make their plastic decks and the Dinghy is 7-ply maple. Because the Penny is plastic, it flexes a good amount and the Dinghy doesn’t.

Nickel Board: L: 27″ W: 7.5″ WB: 21″

Dinghy Classic: L: 28.5″ W: 8″ WB: 14.6″

Dinghy Blunt: L: 28.5″ W: 8.6″ WB: 14.6″

Hope the above comparisons help paint a clearer picture.

landyachtz dinghy blunt uv

Is the Landyachtz Dinghy Good For Beginners?

The Landyachtz Dinghy can be a good beginner board, but keep in mind it’s a mini-cruiser. So there’s not a lot of deck space when compared to a longboard.

If you’re a beginner, then I’d recommend reading my guide covering beginner longboards. It explains longboard riding styles in a clear and concise way.

Because the Dinghy has a smaller wheelbase, it’s going to be less stable at higher speeds. 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. If you like the aesthetic of the dinghy but want something beefier, check out the Tugboat.

Bottom Line

It’s best if you’re looking for a high-quality, portable mini-cruiser. If you still want to be able to do flip tricks but need something for rougher terrain, it’s a great option.

For the price, the Dinghy is worth it.

Hope you found this Landyachtz Dinghy review helpful.

Billy

I started skateboarding when I was 5 years old. Picked up surfing and snowboarding soon after. These days, if I'm not surfing, I'm trying to replicate it on land or snow. My goal is to shred, then share my thoughts in an honest and transparent way.
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