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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, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Nagasaki in the HD Universe.

Design

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Dinghy is designed as a small inflatable boat with two rear-mounted motors, being one of the smallest boats in each game. The Dinghy spawns commonly in the game's world. The Dinghy can seat only one person however.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Dinghy bears a brand new design, and now resembles a military Rigid-hulled inflatable boat and can hold a maximum of four people. The Dinghy can be seen either with a frame and sonar antenna over the windshield or with a frame, sonar antenna and an unused lamp on the aft section. The Dinghy is only available in a black color.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the design of the Dinghy appears to combine the 3D Universe iteration (capacity for the captain) and the GTA IV iteration (two engines on the aft section).

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the design of the Dinghy remains basically the same as in GTA IV, but features a wide variety of combinations. The two versions of the Dinghy (read below) can spawn with or without a front cab-mounted radar system, and a rear wakebar.

The Dinghy appears in two different versions in GTA V; a standard 4-seater variant, and a 2-seater variant. The 4-seater can spawn in 4 different color schemes, while the 2-seater variant retains only the original gray color scheme.

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Performance

3D Universe

Designed as a small and light boat, the Dinghy has good acceleration and top speed, and is very maneuverable. Due to it being very common, it comes as a good choice as a water vehicle. However, it is a poor choice for combat, as the driver is highly exposed.

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 that doesn't need to be properly docked to stay still.

3D Universe Overview


Watercraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60mph / 0-100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine
(Inboard / Outboard)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 118 / 190 / 103 Petrol 800 / 1764
Observed
N/A N/A Twin outboard engines Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Dinghy, due to it being larger than the 3D Universe rendition, does not perform as well as it did in former games, although it is still one of the best boats in both of its appearances, having good top speed and maneuverability. The boat has two powerful outboard engines.

GTA IV Overview


Watercraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60mph / 0-100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine
(Inboard / Outboard)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 37 / 60 / 32 N/A 2000 / 4409
Website Statements
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Twin outboard engines Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Dinghy retains its performance as in GTA IV, only that it can use a sonar radar when required in searching for Submarine Pieces.

Realistically, there are two tachometers on the dash, due to the fact the boat has two engines.

GTA V Overview


Watercraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60mph / 0-100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine
(Inboard / Outboard)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 78 / 125 / 67 N/A 2000 / 4409 10
Website Statements [?]
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A Twin outboard engines Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
Acceleration
Traction

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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Variants

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V features 2 different variants of the Dinghy; a variant with space for four occupants, and another for only two occupants.

Grand Theft Auto Online

GTA Online features an additional two variants alongside the original GTA V variants; a "heist" variant and a "yacht" variant.

Heist Dinghy

An additional variant of the Dinghy appears in GTA Online as part of the Heists Update. This variant is almost identical in design to the original 4-seater model, the only difference is the original wakebar accessory is now permanently attached to the model.

Yacht Dingy

This article or section refers to content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
V

A fourth variant of the Dinghy was added as part of the Executives and Other Criminals update. This model is identical in design to the Heist variant, but instead of having a permanent color scheme, allows for the hull, rib's floats and the interior itself to be assigned colors.

The difference between the heist and yacht variants is the color schemes; while by default both vehicles would spawn in the same dark-gray color, the yacht variant can have multiple colors applied to the hull, the rib's floats, and the interior itself, whereas the heist variant is permanently fixed to one color over the entire model.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned

  • Off Route - Used to move the released prisoners out of the city.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Both 2 and 4-seater variants can spawn around the map, with randomized wakebar and radar accessories.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Heist Dinghy
Enhanced version

Both 2 and 4-seater variants can spawn around the map, with randomized wakebar and radar accessories.

  • Can be found in Puerto Del Sol Marina.
  • Can be delivered to the nearest shoreline from the anchor point of the player's Super Yacht (if a yacht is owned by the player) for $750.
4-seater Dinghy
  • Can be requested by a VIP or CEO (and any bodyguards of the organisation) for $5,000 (free if the player owns one) from the Interaction Menu > VIP Vehicles. It will always spawn in matte black and will spawn near the player where there is enough space.
Yacht Dinghy

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The default radio station in the Dinghy is CSR 103.9.
  • 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 EFLC

  • 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 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 & Grand Theft Auto Online

  • In GTA V, but not GTA Online, the Dinghy will also grant the player a free Scuba Suit when they exit it in water. This makes it much more versatile for diving than any other boat, since the Scuba Suit grants unlimited underwater air supply, whereas players diving from other boats will have to resurface every now and then to recover when their lung capacity runs out.
  • 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. It can be kept by the player via Franklin, but they will need to switch alternately to avoid switch scenes that could potentially make the boat disappear, especially when considering the distance Franklin must cover to reach the beach and to the boat.

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