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The Dinghy in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle class
Vehicle type Civilian boat
Body style Inflatable boat
Capacity 1 (driver, 3D Universe)
4 (driver and three passengers, HD Universe)
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Nagasaki (HD Universe)
Variant(s) Coast Guard Dinghy

The Dinghy is a small boat which appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It is manufactured by Nagasaki in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and Grand Theft Auto V.


Throughout its appearances, the Dinghy is primarily distinguished by its inflatable hull, but is further categorized into two designs:

  • In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, GTA Vice City Stories and GTA Chinatown Wars, the Dinghy is designed as a small inflatable boat with two rear-mounted motors, being one of the smallest boats in the games.
  • In GTA IV and GTA V, the Dinghy resembles a military RHIB (Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat), is available with one or two motors, and can hold a maximum of four people. In GTA IV, it will come with a frame at the front, over the windshield, while in GTA V, the same frame was moved to the rear end and features a third workable light, but not always the frame is seen in the boat. The same can spawn either with 2 or 4 seats. In GTA V, one version of the Dinghy can come with a small roof in the back.

Due to its size and lightweight construction, the boat is nimble and maneuverable, and has the potential to reach a moderately high top speed. Despite its construction, inflatable portions of the Dinghy do not deflate or burst when shot.



GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories


GTA Chinatown Wars




  • Because of its flat bottom reducing friction between the ground and the boat, the Dinghy is perfect for purposely grounding up a beach when in a hurry, as it can easily be pushed back. In fact, that's what it was meant to do, as a lightweight, agile, fast boat for the military, that doesn't need to be properly docked to stay still.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In GTA San Andreas, the default radio station in the Dinghy is CSR 103.9. Oddly, almost every time it plays the "Motownphilly" song, performed by Boyz II Men. as it would be set to play each time.
  • In GTA San Andreas, there's a visual effect glitch that has Carl go into an "invisible chair" sitting position for one second as he changes the radio station.
  • The GTA San Andreas Dinghy uses the GTA Vice City model, however, the texture differs.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes

  • In GTA IV, on one of the TV screens inside all Stretches, is a picture of a Dinghy going through the water.
  • In GTA IV, the default radio station in the Dinghy is Liberty Rock Radio 97.8.
  • In GTA IV, the Dinghy serves as an Antagonist boat in most missions, where the Squalo serves as a Protagonist boat. In GTA V, it retains this characteristic, as the boat belongs to Merryweather.
  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, there is a unique Dinghy. It is metallic blue with a red finish. It can be found in a Drug Wars mission with Armando Torres and Henrique Bardas.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In GTA V, but not GTA Online, the Dinghy will also grant you a free Scuba Suit when you exit it in water.
  • In GTA V, the original 3D Universe Dinghy can be found around places such as the Lifeguard stations, docks and the beaches. These aren't controllable.
  • In the GTA V mission, "Derailed," a unique black and red cab Dinghy is used by Michael De Santa.

See also

  • Boat, a similarly designed boat in GTA 1.
  • Coast Guard Dinghy, a modified version of the Dinghy in GTA Chinatown Wars.

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