Landyachtz Dinghy Review – Overhyped? (Bought & Tested)

By: Author Ruben Vee

Posted on Published: November 2, 2021  - Last updated: December 7, 2023

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Landyachtz Dinghy review

Whenever you consult the web and ask what the best possible cruiser is, almost everybody mentions the Landyachtz Dinghy. Now Landyachtz has been in the business for 20+ years and boasts high quality, great price, amazing design, and superior functionality. I got curious and wanted to see for myself so I decided to buy a Dinghy and do an in-depth review.

The Landyachtz Dinghy is great for short distances. It’s responsive, portable, and consists of quality parts that work straight out of the box. It handles well on rough roads but it’s not for tricks, downhill, or riding skateparks. Beginners might find the Dinghy challenging.

I’m going to cover everything and even made a video that demonstrates what this board can do. I and my friend decided to take it out for a test ride and take it apart piece by piece to find out why this board has such a great reputation.

Here’s the short version of this review.

  • The Dinghy is very portable
  • Durable, it can last for a decade
  • Very responsive
  • Low effort to get up to speed
  • Also suitable for beginners, the learning curve might be challenging
  • Great components that go really well together
  • It just looks great
  • Wheels and bearings aren’t great
  • Heavier than a regular skateboard, lighter than a longboard
  • Tall people might find it too small, not suitable for heavy riders
  • Takes some time to break in the bearings and tweak the trucks

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Not Really for Freeride Longboarding

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The Dinghy performs great on all sorts of surfaces . It handles everything with ease though sometimes you need to know what you’re doing.

So, is the Landyachtz Dinghy any good in terms of cruising? The simple answer… absolutely. Actually, this board was specifically designed for cruising in urban areas and cities. Thanks to the size of the wheels, this board can catch speed quickly (acceleration). Not only that, but this board is great for handling turns, thanks to the length of the board.

You’ll probably come across times when you’ll have to hop a curb while cruising around. The kicktail of the Dinghy makes this possible, and with ease. Expect the full urban transportation experience when riding this board. It’s fit for any city that you plan on commuting around and an ideal campus cruiser.

You’ll then have to quickly catch speed again. Want to hit a pedestrian? Of course not, so you’ll be making a lot of quick turns. You’ll be hopping curbs like no tomorrow. With all of this going on, the Dinghy really delivers on quality and control. You’ll be able to handle all of these situations with ease. It’s exactly what the Landyachtz Dinghy was built for.

The Landyachtz Dinghy is not specifically made for freeriding . However, you can still pull this off and have a good time doing so. The Dinghy is a shortboard, while freeriding boards are typically a bit longer. If your main goal is for freeriding, then you should probably consider another board. 

But, just because there are better freeriding options, that doesn’t mean you can’t pull some nice slides on the Landyachtz Dinghy. Thanks to the concave shape of the board, sliding will be easier since you’ll be able to lock your feet. The wheels of the Dinghy won’t keep you from sliding either. This board was built for cruising in the city.

Is the Landyachtz Dinghy appropriate for pumping? It sure is! It does require experience and you need to know what you’re doing but this board can pull it off. I actually had a hard time keeping up with my friend while he was pumping. I switched to a longboard because I was pushing like a madman on my regular board to keep up.

The Polar Bear trucks come stock on the Dinghy, and though they might not be ideal for pumping, this video proves you can. You could consider other trucks, but why waste money. You’re better off assembling a cruiser or longboard yourself.

You can pull off ollies, manuals, and some old school tricks but I wouldn’t take it to a skatepark. While the Dinghy is capable of doing more technical tricks that are closer to skateboarding, I can’t really recommend it. The board wasn’t made for that and you’re better off with a regular skateboard.

Only really experienced skateboarders can pull this off. I’m going to test this soon and will add a video to show you how it performs in skateparks.

Sure, the Dinghy is capable of handling really tight turns which is great for bowls/pools, but the wheels are rather soft . Manuals, slides, and plenty of pop tricks are all possible with this board but don’t expect to be the next Rodney Mullen on this board.

As opposed to regular skateboards, the Dinghy has big soft wheels, which makes your rolling more smooth but landing tricks just feel a bit sketchy and unstable compared to a popsicle skateboard. Riding a bowl would be possible I guess, but I still recommend a different setup for that purpose.

The Dinghy is perfect for rough roads. The large Hawgs wheels have no issues with debris like rocks or twigs, you hardly even notice them . As you can see in the video it’s able to ride over small patches of grass and uneven surfaces. Coming from a skateboarding background this was a fun experience. You need to get to know the board before you do stuff like this or you’ll eat dirt.

I really wanted to try out its downhill capabilities but it was already late. Looking at the setup I don’t think this board is suitable for downhill . To quickly summarize… there are definitely better boards for downhill riding. This board is ultimately designed for cruising. It’s a small board with narrow trucks which will become unstable at a high velocity.

The Landyachtz Dinghy has a small wheelbase. This is not an advantage when going downhill, because with a smaller wheelbase comes less stability. And you need to be stable when you’re going downhill. Not only this, but you won’t be able to reach the same speeds that you would reach while riding on a downhill board. City riding doesn’t involve many huge hills, and therefore the Dinghy wasn’t specifically designed for riding downhill.

However, it’s not all negative. Thanks to the stiffness of the maple deck and Fatty Hawgs wheels, you can catch some decent speed downhill while maintaining your balance. Also, thanks to the mellow radial concave, you’ll have better foot lock-in when you’re traveling fast. Still, it’s rather risky and you should pick a different setup if this is your main goal.

This Dinghy is a compact commuter board. You can carry it around without feeling awkward and it can easily fit under your arm or just strap it on a backpack . The 24″ mini version actually fits inside a backpack! 

The compact design allows you to carry it pretty much anywhere you want which is convenient when you need to use public transport. It’s slightly smaller than a regular skateboard as you can see in the image below.

dinghy size compared to other skateboards

The Landyachtz Dinghy was specifically made as a longboard for cruising in urban areas or cities. Thanks to the size and design of its trucks and wheelbase, the Dinghy is capable of managing sharp turns while maintaining stability.

The design of the kicktail will allow you to do tricks, such as ollies and manuals. Experienced riders can use it to slide or even do some technical tricks on a quarter pipe, though it wasn’t really designed for that.

This board isn’t t for serious downhill riding or freeriding and not for technical street skaters . It accelerates fast but doesn’t have a high top-speed as compared to downhill boards. I still think it goes fast enough to do what it’s supposed to when you push hard enough. It takes a while to slow down so this means a great cruising experience without having to push all the time.

This board is made for people who want to commute and have a fun and relaxing riding experience , and Landyachtz certainly succeeded. It has no issues with rough roads and you can even plow through a patch of grass when needed (as demonstrated in the video).

I took the Dinghy apart to see what kind of parts you get. Overall the components are of superior quality but I have some doubts about the bearings which I will address later on. Let’s see what you get:

  • 7-ply maple wood deck with a medium concave 
  • Square shaped kicktail and short oblong-shaped nose
  • Wheel wells to prevent wheelbite
  • Width: 8.0″.
  • Length: 28.5″.
  • Wheelbase: 14.6″.
  • This version has clear grip tape lasts for many years under heavy use
  • Two 4″ bear trucks 
  • 1/4″ rubber riser pads to absorb shocks
  • Four Hawgs wheels size 63mm with a durometer of 78A
  • 8 Bear Spaceballs 8mm ABEC7 Bearings
  • 8 speedwashers
  • 8 bolts and nuts to attach your trucks

Stiff Maple Wood Deck 

Longboarders and skateboarders all over the world speak highly of the Landyachtz Dinghy deck and my test only confirms this. It’s both strong, durable and consists of high-quality 7-ply maple wood .

If we’re talking length, the Dinghy comes in sizes from 24”-28.5”. The range of widths are from 6.5”-8.5”, and you can get the wheelbase between 14”-15”. Overall, this board is fairly short with a small wheelbase.

The deck is very sturdy and doesn’t have any flex . This is something you might need to get used to if you also ride a flexy longboard. The Landyachtz Dinghy was made for fun , and the sturdiness allows you to do ollies though you can feel it wasn’t really made for that purpose.

I was a bit skeptical about the clear grip tape at first, but it’s actually pretty good and last for a very long time. I friend of mine owns an older model and the grip tape still holds after 8 years , even after abusing the board over and over again. I’ll go into durability in a moment. The clear grip will allow you to stand steady on your board and it just looks really nice.

Not all versions have clear grip tape, this is only the case with the Dinghy Summit. The grip provides enough grip to keep your feet in place but also allows you to move around for minor corrections.

It comes with wheel wells to prevent wheelbite which is great for people that love loose trucks and deep carves. I personally didn’t experience any wheels touching the board.

dinghy wheel wells close up

The combination of wheel wells and riser pads prevent any wheel blocking on sharp turns. 

Dinghy concave and shape close up

The deck of the Landyachtz Dinghy has a mellow radial concave . The side is slightly elevated to get more board feel when performing tricks, it makes the board respond faster. Concave isn’t for everyone, it takes away from the stability you get from a board that’s entirely flat, but this thing is designed for playful rides .

On top of that, it allows you to perform sliding movements with a bit more ease. I think the concave is perfectly balanced, I hardly notice it but I come from a skateboarding background. I’m perfectly able to move my feet around despite the brand-new grip.

The Dinghy shape is directional and features both a nose and tail that are elevated , just like a popsicle. The nose is pointier shaped than the tail. The tail allows you to ollie or hop curbs or dig in a little when you come across a patch of grass. It will help you stay balanced while you lean back. 

The kicktail allows you to hop curbs while cruising and the soft wheels will make the landing pleasant. I was expecting it to bounce a lot but it really holds up well.

Another benefit of the tail is that you can do a few kickturns in parks or diagonal street objects if you’re up for it. Since this board is so stiff and the wheelbase is short, you may experience speed wobbles when you’re moving fast.

It also features a nose similar to regular skateboards though I haven’t really discovered the advantages yet. You could use it for nose manuals I guess.

Top view of the dinghy bear trucks

As you can see in the image, the Dinghy has Polar Bear trucks, the axle width is 105mm. They seem a bit narrow and they are. It’s a compact board and the trucks need to fit right? Landyachtz did a really good job of balancing out all the parts . If you’re a longboarder the narrow trucks might feel a bit less stable than that you’re used to. Skateboarders will probably have no issues.

Bear trucks did a lot of R&D and found the perfect balance between the elastic zone permanent deformation by testing them on a destructometer. This means the truck can withstand huge impacts by bending and returning to its normal shape. 

The aggressive angle of the hangers increases their strength and the axels are heat-treated and reinforced to keep them from bending.

The trucks baseplates consist of 8 holes, which you can use to adjust the wheelbase. I tried but the result was a small gap between the board and the baseplate.

baseplate gap

Still for a board this small I find it surprisingly stable so something was done right. The trucks are highly maneuverable, which also has to do with the soft bushings. 

The cup washers hold the bushings in their place and protect them from being damaged by the kingpin nut. The Pivot cups in the baseplate keep the Dinghy turning effectively at the baseplate’s intended angle.

close up of the Dinghy bushings

I can’t seem to find any specifications about the hardness of the bushings but they feel medium soft. The bottom bushing is shaped like a barrel, while the top bushing is shaped like a cone. Bushings have different shapes to allow for different riding styles.

This barrel/cone combo is just great for the ability to perform maneuvers in tight corners. If you really can’t get used to them and the trucks feel too loose, it might have something to do with your weight . Consult my bushings guide in order to find out what you need.

The large bushing seats on the Dinghy help control your turning abilities (along with the pivot cup and washers) but at first, they felt incredibly loose. You don’t want to tighten the kingpin nut right away as this may lead to crushed bushings. Break them in first by riding the board or rocking it sideways by leaning.

After an hour or so tighten them just a little, if I recall correctly I only turned the nut once which was enough . This board was designed for commuting the city. This means that you will have to make a lot of quick and sharp turns and a reliable, responsive board.

bear 1/4 riser pad

The Landyachtz Dinghy has quarter-inch riser pads equipped between the trucks and the deck. These are to prevent wheel bite when you make sharp turns or land a bit hard on the sides. Heavier riders run more risk getting wheel bite compared to lightweights. The Risers give a little bit of extra clearance between the board and the wheels (the board also has wheel wells just in case). 

They are rather soft which helps to absorb impact from shocks and they reduce vibration from rough roads. 

The Dinghy Hawgs Wheels

Hawgs wheels close up

The wheels of the Dinghy have diameters of 63mm. These are Fatty Hawgs wheels which were designed and created by Landyachtz themselves. The average size of wheels on most longboards is around 70mm (guestimate), meaning that the Dinghy’s wheels are a lot smaller. But what does that mean?

The smaller wheels will allow for quicker acceleration. However, your overall top speed will be decreased because of these smaller wheels. The Landyachtz is not quite as fast as a downhill board, but it will still reach incredible speeds for what it’s worth .

Although these wheels are smaller than average, they are still extremely smooth. You’ll hardly feel small bumps even at the highest speeds and they can take on rough surfaces like no other.

With a durometer of 78A, these wheels are very soft but still rather solid. I had no issues with cracks, grass patches, and really rough concrete. You’ll be able to tackle cracks in the sidewalk and plenty of metal objects without severely damaging your wheels.

Stay away from glass though, splinters can get stuck in your wheels. You’ll find the huge 50mm contact patch of these wheels to have great grip while still being able to perform slides in a controllable manner.

You do feel their limitations when you try ollies though. It’s just a bit bouncy and harder to control your board when landing. I also would like to point out that (like any wheel) they will wear down faster on rougher surfaces. Still, they’ll last you for a few years but I’ll update this post once I learned more.

dinghy's with other wheels

After testing out other wheels I can say that the Fatty Hawgs are ok but to make this the best cruiser, consider other wheels. It performed so much better after replacing the wheels with Orangatang Fat Free wheels, way more grippy and smooth. I also swapped the bearings for Bronson Raws and the difference is night and day.

I also tried OJ Super Juice wheels but the contact patch is just a bit too small. Want the most out of this board? Go for the Fat Free wheels.

bearing close up

As with the rest of the longboard, Landyachtz manufactures its own bearings. This specific brand is called Bear Spaceball bearings. These bearings boast a rating of ABEC7. However, it’s good to keep in mind that ABEC doesn’t really factor too much into longboards and skateboards .

ABEC rating is for machines with high RPMs, like over 9000. You won’t get more than 2000 RPM on a skateboard (downhillers might disagree).

The Bear Spaceball bearings are equipped with built-in spacers, I was a bit surprised actually because I never saw that before. The good news is, they are open bearings which makes it a lot easier to clean and lube compared to closed bearings.

I still would prefer separate metal spacers with open bearings and I’m not sure why Landyachtz decided to use built-in spacers, they are the experts so I’m sure I’m missing something here. Fancy stuff though, can’t argue with that.

The Bear Spaceball bearings are open bearings which makes them easy to clean and lube. You don’t have to worry about dust because the outer rings and spacers keep dirt out. I wouldn’t recommend riding in the rain though.

Spacers are often overlooked but they help to keep the dirt out and prevent destroying them when you tighten the nut too much and prevent crushing the inner workings. They also allow you to tighten your axles without screwing up the rest of your setup. If you decide to replace the bearings, make sure to get spacers!

I’m not yet convinced yet about these bearings and already noticed they perform less than in the first week. I might lube them a bit but I expected more. If they start to wear down sooner than expected I’ll replace them with Bones bearings. 

old and new landyachtz dinghy compared

The board is quite heavy and made of quality maple wood and will chip if you don’t handle it right. I wouldn’t recommend smashing into the corner of a wall, but that seems pretty obvious. It takes a bit of effort to pop the tail and landing ollies is a bit more challenging compared to a popsicle. This probably has to do with it’s slightly narrower profile and bigger wheels.

This board is meant for cruising and not for flip tricks. Treat her right and she’ll hold up just fine. Don’t ride in the rain, this will dissolve the epoxy resin holding the layers together and your board will delaminate, not to mention damaging the bearings.

In the picture above are an older and rather trashed Dinghy and a brand new model. A friend of mine owns it for almost 8 years and he’s known for trashing boards. Oh boy, that tail suffered hard but even after almost a decade, it still is his favorite board.

This longboard is a lot smaller than most others. So, you may be wondering if it’s big enough for you to ride on. Basically, all of this comes down to 2 things: your own size (height, and arguably shoe size), and the type of riding you plan on doing.

If you have an above-average shoe size, then you may have problems getting comfortable on this board. The deck is 8” wide, so you’ll need to decide if this is large enough for you to be comfortable with the size of your shoes. When encountering tight turns, you may experience instability because of your toes sticking out.

Also, due to the short length of this board, it may be tough for taller people to get a good stance. However, if you’re around 6’4” or shorter, you shouldn’t have a problem here. It’s also a preference thing, I know tall riders that ride small boards and short riders that ride large boards.

And onto the “type of riding” part… the size of this board is great for what it’s meant to do, which is commuting around a city and just cruising. This smaller size is going to be great for weaving in and out of obstacles, such as other pedestrians. And with most things, it’s going to come down to your personal riding preference.

So you’re interested in the Landyachtz Dinghy. But you’re curious as to what your options will be as far as the designs go. Well, here’s the good news… there are over 20 designs for the Dinghy and 3 different sizes . The largest is 28.5″, in between the 26″ and the smallest is only 24″.  There’s a good chance that there’s a design out there that will fit you and your personality.


If you need some examples to look into, I got you covered. One of the top-selling Dinghy boards is the Emboss. Some other very popular designs include the Dinghy Beach Party, the Dinghy Summit (as reviewed here), and the Dinghy Trout. Be sure to check out all of the others as well.

I picked the Summit because I just adore the design. My friend now rides this board in the city and people actually compliment him on his fine board.

Lastly, if you want a board without concave go for the Landyachtz Dinghy Handstand. This is a dedicated cruiser without a curved nose and kicktail which results in a more stable ride.

The learning curve might be a bit steeper for beginners. Many reviews claim that this board isn’t for beginners but I’m not entirely convinced after riding and testing it myself. I even let a beginner ride this board and she didn’t have much trouble at all.

Sure there’s a bit of a learning curve here, the concave might feel a bit awkward at first but you should get used to it fairly quickly. Take some time to learn how to ride, you’ll get it. Find a spot that’s not crowded and preferable a smooth surface.

The Landyachtz Dinghy has been designed as a board for city cruising. It has extremely responsive trucks and is very twitchy. It’s a bit less stable than most boards that are recommended for beginners. Don’t skip on this board because you’re a beginner or inexperienced rider.

It takes a bit more effort to get to know the board, but once you do you won’t look back. If you want to be on the safe side, consider the Landyachtz Dinghy Handstand. It doesn’t have any concave, the deck is entirely flat making it easier to ride. If you eventually want to hop curbs and slide a bit, go for it. It’s a waste of money to buy another board first.

Are you fairly-experienced in either skateboarding or longboarding? Then go for it! Skip it when you are heavier or your shoe size 11+ (US). In this case I would recommend the Landyachtz Tugboat (review).

We’ll start off with the good parts. The Landyachtz Dinghy has that longboard feel to it, yet has the control and agility of a skateboard. It’s rather stiff and lacks flex, and a medium concave to help you perform tricks. Thanks to the kicktail of the Dinghy, it’s possible to do a few tricks such as ollies and manuals.

The Fatty Hawgs wheels will enable you to do slides on this board. The Bear Spaceball bearings are supposed to be top-rated and high-quality,and they hold up fine so far. Although it’s not a downhill board, you’ll still be able to have fun cruising downhill (if you’re experienced enough) but do so at your won risk. And of course, this board is a bit smaller than the average, making it easier to carry around to your next destination.

I think this board is fine for beginners but the learning curve might be a bit steeper, make sure you really want to get into skateboarding/longboarding. You can always go for the version without concave if this is holding you back.

This is a great cruiser and you won’t regret buying the Dinghy, check for prices or compare prices and models on Amazon.

Now for the bad parts. The board designs are beautifully-crafted (pro), but this decreases your motivation for doing heavy tricks (con). If you have big feet, you may find it riding on the small deck of the Dinghy uncomfortable, though my friend with size 13 doesn’t have any issues.

The board is a bit heavy but you won’t notice when you ride it. I think the weight makes it more stable and can’t be considered a con. It’s really portable and you won’t be bothered carrying it around.

While the price isn’t a part of the actual board itself, it’s something to put in perspective. If you’ve gotten this far and are truly interested in the Dinghy, then it’s only fair that we talk about costs.

Here’s the good news… for its quality and efficiency, this board is truly affordable . Prices will vary depending on where you look, but you should expect to spend no more than $150 for this high-quality cruiser (except for Europeans like me, I paid about 170 Euros but got a bunch of really cool stickers). And that’s with all the top-notch components included.

There are many boards of similar quality that sell for much higher prices, but they can’t do what the Dinghy does. This board almost gets you the best bang for your buck in but there is a contender that is even better.

Landyachtz was started by only 2 people and has now grown to 60+ employees. This Canadian company now has shops in California and British Columbia as well. Landyachtz has been making longboards and accessories for over 20 years, and still going strong.

So Landyachtz specializes in longboards, but how about the accessories? By now you’ve heard of Hawgs Wheels and Bear Trucks. Both of these brands are well-known in the longboarding community as being of the highest quality. And they are both brands of Landyachtz. Are you environmentally friendly? Landyachtz is, as they plant a maple tree every time someone buys a board .

The Landyachtz Dinghy is a compact cruiser that is made for commuting around a city or any other urban area. This longboard has great stability and offers a comfortable ride. Hop curbs, pop a few ollies, slide when you’re ready and most of all… enjoy the experience. The Dinghy comes stock with high-quality components, all manufactured by Landyachtz themselves.

The Landyachtz Dinghy is one of the best at what it does: commuting through urban areas. The design will allow you to make all the quick turns you need when venturing through urban obstacles. You’ll be able to accelerate quickly whenever you need to. And although it’s not specifically a freeriding or downhill board, you can still pull this off (moderately) with enough experience.

There are more than 20 artistic designs to choose from, smaller versions and a dedicated cruiser without concave. What more can you ask for? If this is not your board check out a few more mini cruisers that I’ve tested and reviewed or check my top 11 list of best cruisers I personally tested.

Even though I’m not much of a longboarder, I am impressed by the quality. My friend likes it even more, so I decided to let him keep this board and I had to convince him because he thought it was too much.

Oh, I almost forgot. Why the 4star rating instead of 5? It mainly has to do with the bearings and wheels, not a fan when compared to other brands. Only the Comet Cruiser gets 5 stars.

Ruben vee

I’m an aged skateboarder and still shred responsibly. Started skateboarding 25 years ago, peaked in the 2000’s, and still ride to this day. I am a total geek when it comes to skateboard gear, love test to stuff and share my findings.

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Landyachtz Dinghy Review – Arguably the Best Cruiser Money Can Buy  

  March 4, 2021

By James Mason

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Our Verdict:

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  • Compact and portable
  • Designed to provide versatility
  • Stable ride
  • Endless options to choose from
  • Good value for money
  • Perfect for cruising
  • Attractive deck graphics
  • Uncomfortable for bigger sized riders
  • Maple wood soaks in water
  • Not suitable for beginners

If you are in the market for a compact longboard to cruise on, the Landyachtz Dinghy is worth considering. If you wondered why......well, the dinghy was designed to provide a combination of features that make for the ideal cruiser longboard. 

From an excellent build quality and convenient deck design to high quality specs on the trail, this is just a fraction of what you get from this great-looking board. 

Not to mention that the manufacturer has been in the game for more than 20 years, boasting a reputation for producing top notch products with superior functionality. 

So, why do some people consider the Landyachtz Dinghy as the best cruiser board in the market? Let us explore that in the following in-depth review of the Landyachtz Dinghy longboard. 

 Landyachtz Dinghy Review

The Dinghy was built to be the go-to cruiser for riding through the city streets and around campus. It boasts a versatile functionality that allows you to do almost anything you want. 

To proclaim the Dinghy as the perfect city board, the manufacturer designed it with a small and lightweight frame to enhance its maneuverability. Despite the small size, the board is equipped with longboard wheels to bring about versatility over different riding surfaces. 

So, let us delve deeper into the features in this Landyachtz Dinghy review:

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The Landyachtz Dinghy is available in three different sizes to suit smaller riders. These include:

Landyachtz Mini Dinghy 24:  24-inch length, 6.5-inch width, 14-inch wheelbase

Landyachtz Mini Dinghy 26 : 26-inch length, 6.5-inch width, 14-inch wheelbase

Landyachtz Dinghy 28:  28.5-inch length, 8-inch width, 14.6-inch wheelbase

Apart from the deck size, all the Dinghy boards use practically the same kind of components. Another aspect you’d like to note is that there have been more than 20 editions of the Dinghy over the years. The ones I’ve listed above are just the main sizes you’ll find the boards in.

While the major difference between the boards lies in the graphic design art, some have a small variation in size. For instance, the Dinghy Handstand is slightly bigger than the rest with dimensions of 29 x 8.5 x 14.4 inches for the length, width, and wheelbase respectively.

Some people find themselves struggling to choose the ideal board with so many options on the table. Overall, you’d be wise to go with the bigger version with a graphic design of your preference if you are of standard height. The smaller sized boards are better suited for a kid or smaller rider. 

 After all, all the Dinghies come with similar components. All the wheels, trucks, and bearings are produced by Landyachtz and deliver the same type of quality performance. Let us review the individual parts and see what their impact on the ride is:

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One of the most praised features on the Dinghy has to be the deck! It is made out of strong and durable 7-ply maple wood to make for a stable performance on the trail. When it comes to size, the Dinghy comes in sizes of 24-28.5” x 6.5-8.5” x 14-15” as earlier mentioned in this Landyachtz Dingy review. The unit is generally short and the wheelbase is small.

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The maple board on the Dinghy is pretty sturdy and has no flex, which is something you’ll need to get used to if you’ve been cruising on a flexible board. The maple is much stiffer than a bamboo deck. 

You might assume that a flexible board would be a more suitable choice but that’s not the case for the Dinghy board. Testing the board tells you it was built for fun. The sturdy deck even allows you to do ollies, flip tricks, and maintain your stability on rough riding surfaces.

While other materials tend to be a little lighter, they are also limiting to the rider. 

 Grip Tape

A notable feature that you don’t find on all boards in the market is the clear grip tape. This helps to keep you stable when you stand on the board, ensuring that you remain on your twos when the ride gets wobbly. 

Landyachtz used high-quality tape on the Dinghy, and this can last for years. While the tape offers enough grip to keep your feet planted on the board, it still lets you move your feet around comfortably when handling the ride. 

But not all versions come with clear tape on the deck, and the Dinghy Summit is just one of the exceptions. 

The board is also designed with wheel wells that help to prevent wheel bite. These prove to come in handy for riders who prefer loose tracks and deep carves. You won’t have to worry about the wheels touching your skateboard. 


The Dinghy’s deck is built in a mellow radial concave shape. The side of the board is slightly elevated to make the Dinghy more responsive, which makes it a decent choice for pulling off tricks. 

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But you should note that the concave design is not for everyone. This is because it tends to eat into the stability you get on an entirely flat deck like a penny board, although it’s a nice design for playful riders. 

Furthermore, the shape enables you to perform sliding movements much more easily, and you’ll appreciate that the concave design is perfectly balanced on the Landyachtz Dinghy.

The board also features a directional deck, which means both the nose and tail are elevated. The nose is a little pointier than the tail while the shape of the tail lets you ollie or hop over curbs and patches of grass. It helps you to maintain your balance as you lean back. 

The kicktail ensures that you can hop curbs with relative ease as you cruise while the soft wheels make for a pleasant landing. They don’t bounce a lot like on some boards. Another benefit of the kick tail is that it allows you to perform kick turns if you are up to it. 

Given the stiffness of the deck and the shorter wheelbase, you might experience some wobbliness when cruising around at top speeds. 


The Dinghy is equipped with 105mm traditional Polar Bear trucks, featuring enlarged bushing seats for enhanced turnability. This is relatively narrow for a truck, which may not be as stable as a larger truck. However, it is expected given the small size of the board.

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One attribute of Polar Bear trucks is their high tolerance level to minimize slop. Meanwhile, the hangers have been machine faced to boost strength, and axels heat-treated and reinforced to make sure they keep spinning straight. 

The baseplates of the trucks come with 8 holes to let you customize your Dinghy by leveraging the new school or old school hole pattern. The 0.25-inch risers on the Bear trucks also help to reduce the likelihood of wheel bite. 

Some riders claim the bushings are a little bit squeaky when you start to use the board, but that’s pretty common with new bushings. The noise tends to stop when you finally break into them. Anyway, you can upgrade to higher quality bushings if required.

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A closer review of the bushings on the Dinghy reveals that the top bushing is cone-shaped whereas the bottom one is barrel-shaped. The variation in shape offers different qualities while riding. The combination of the two adds stability, as well as maneuverability to the ride.

For perspective, bushings are typically shaped differently to suit a certain style of riding or improve the ride in some kind of way. For instance, cone-shaped bushings enable the rider to make quick turns and other agile maneuvers whereas barrel-shaped bushings help you to maintain stability, particularly during long turns. 

As you start to ride your newly acquired Dinghy, you might want to consider changing the bushings, depending on the weight of the rider . 


The Landyachtz Dinghy comes with 63mm Hawgs Fatty wheels- a brand that Landyachtz owns. The Hawgs wheels make use of proprietary urethane and are tested rigorously on downhill slopes under freeriding conditions. 

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This makes for a superior quality of wheels that most Dinghy owners swear by. These are also the same kind of wheels that Landyachtz uses on higher-end freeride models of longboards it manufactures. 

 Small but Smooth

I my opinion, the 63mm soft wheels are slightly small when you consider the size of the Dinghy and the fast turning Bear trucks it comes with. However, they deliver great roll speed that I didn’t expect at their size. 

Their 78A durometer feels kind of squishy but remains firm when you are riding. Overall, the Fatty wheels strike a sweet spot between rolling smoothly on various types of terrains and breaking into slides easily. 

The wheels are smooth and you barely feel the bumps even when cruising at high speeds. These remain steady when running over all kinds of surfaces. Whether you’re cruising on a sidewalk with cracks or metal chunks; they just won’t get chipped. 

 Grippy yet Slidy

The small size of the wheels mixed with the proportionally wide 50mm contact patch makes them controllable for slides and they still manage to offer just enough grip. Their rounded lips also help to significantly support kicking into slides. 

The other feature to note about the Hawgs wheels is the offset positioning found on the wheel cores. The core is placed between the inner and center of the wheel instead of the side-set or center-set cores. 

The offset positioning leads to a balanced combination of grip and slide. The wide and supportive cores on the Fatty wheels makes the longboard ideal for sliding and performing tricks on the Dinghy when carving through streets. 


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The Dinghy uses Bear Spaceball bearings. These are not your typical generic, low-quality components. The bearings are pretty decent and help to enhance the performance of the board. They have built-in spacers that help the wheels to stay aligned and wiggle free. 

This allows you to change the wheels much more easily and tighten the axles to your preference without interfering with the setup. The result is that the Bear Spaceball bearings enable your wheels to roll for hours on end without getting loose and can cope with popping tricks.

While the consensus among Dinghy owners is that the bearings are quite good, you can still decide to upgrade to better ones if you’re looking for something with more speed. 

How Does the Landyachtz Dinghy Perform?

The Dinghy performs impressively on all kinds of surfaces. It boasts a versatile design that allows it to hold its own in the city streets, as well as the on rougher off-road trails. Let us look at what the board is good for?

 Is the Landyachtz good for Cruising?

The Landyachtz Dinghy is a great choice if you’re looking for a cruiser! In fact, it was designed specifically for cruising through city streets and sidewalks in urban areas. The small size and overall design of the wheels allow the board to accelerate pretty fast yet still manage to roll smoothly.

boy on the Longboard

The short length of the board allows for enhanced maneuverability and agile turnability, enabling you to swerve in and out of crowds with relative ease. Don’t worry about the occasional potholes and curbs you’ll come across on the road; the kick tail design of the Dinghy makes it easy for you to hop over obstacles . With this board, you can look forward to a full urban commuter experience in whichever city you find yourself in.  This is just what the manufacturer envisioned when designing the Landyachtz Dinghy!

 Is the Landyachtz good for Freeriding?

The Dinghy wasn’t exactly designed for freeriding. Nevertheless, you can still pull it off and enjoy yourself while at it. Generally, freeriding boards are notably longer than the Landyachtz Dinghy. So, if you’re buying the longboard primarily for freeriding , I recommend you look elsewhere for a more suitable option.

But if you just want to experiment with the Dinghy, you may manage to pull off some nice slides. With the concave design of the top, sliding becomes easy as you can lock your feet. Furthermore, the Fatty Hawgs wheels won’t prevent you from sliding. 

 Is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for Pumping?

The Dinghy can be used for pumping. However, it does necessitate experience and you’ll only be able to perform the maneuver if you know what you’re doing. While the Polar Bear trucks may not be the ideal choice for pumping, you can still pull it off with the right experience. 

 Can it Perform Tricks?

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The Landyachtz Dinghy allows you to performs tricks such as ollies, manuals, kickflips, as well as a bunch of other old school moves. Despite being capable of pulling off more technical tricks that a skateboard would, I wouldn’t recommend the Dinghy as a go-to option. 

This is because the board wasn’t designed for tricks’; you’ll be better off going for a regular skateboard. Only experienced skateboarders can perform tricks with the Dinghy, so don’t take your board to the skatepark if you don’t have the skills. 

Admittedly, the Dinghy can easily handle very tight turns and carves, which comes in handy for pools/bowls, but the Hags Fatty wheels are very soft. You may be able to do slides, manuals, and plenty of other tricks but they won’t be as perfect as they should be. 

Unlike regular skateboards, the stock wheels on the Dinghy are big and soft, which allows for smoother rolling but landing the trick might prove to be slightly unstable. Riding a bowl is possible but you’d still be better off with an alternative setup meant for that purpose. 

 Is the Landyachtz Dinghy good for Riding on Rough Roads?

The Dinghy rides perfectly on rough roads. It is fitted with large Hawgs wheels that have an easy time rolling over stones, twigs, small rocks, and other debris on the road. Although it was designed for cruising around the city streets, you can still have a fun time with it on the off-road tracks. 

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However, you still need to get acclimated to the board before you take it on the rough terrains, unless you want to be left with egg on your face. 

 Downhill Riding?

When you review the setup of the Landyachtz Dinghy, it is easy to conclude that the board isn’t suitable for downhill riding. The package is relatively small and its narrow trucks will get unstable when you achieve the high speeds associated with downhill riding. 

The wheelbase is also small and does not favor you downhill. A smaller wheelbase reduces your stability, which is not something you want on a downhill slope. Furthermore, you can’t reach the type of speeds you can achieve while riding a downhill longboard. 

After all, city riding typically doesn’t involve a lot of hills, so the design of the Dinghy doesn’t embrace downhill riding. 

 On the flip side, the stiff maple construction of the board, as well as the Hawgs Fatty wheel, can allow you to catch some speed downhill as you maintain your balance. Additionally, the mellow radial concave shape ensures that your feet will be planted securely when moving at a fast speed. 

Still, it comes with a level of risk you wouldn’t want to take . There are much better boards available for downhill riding. The Landyachtz Dinghy is more suited for cruising. 

 The Dinghy is the Perfect Commuter Board

The Landyachtz Dinghy features a compact build that you can easily carry around whenever you’re not riding it. It will comfortably fit under your arm or you can strap it on your backpack for easy portability. 

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The 24” version of the board is small enough to fit inside the bigger backpacks in the market, allowing you to go with it practically anywhere your schedule takes you. This means you’ll have no problem hopping onto public transport when you grow tired of skateboarding. 

 Is the Dinghy Too Small for You?

Looking at the Dinghy, it is easy to see that it’s a lot smaller than the majority of boards in the market. You may be wondering whether it will accommodate you if you decide to invest in one. 

Well, it all comes down to two aspects: rider size (shoe size and height) and the kind of riding you plan on using the board for.

If your shoe size is above average, there is a possibility you’ll have a hard time getting comfortable on the board. The deck is only 8” wide, so you’ll want to try standing on the board first to see if it can accommodate your foot size. 

This also means that on tight turns, you will experience a level of instability since your heels or toes will be sticking out. 

 Considering the short length of the Dinghy, taller riders will have a hard time finding a good stance. But if you are under 6’4”, it shouldn’t be a challenge for you. Overall, it’s a matter of preference. 

There are tall riders who shine on small boards and shorter riders who ride on large boards; find what works for you! 

When it comes to the type of riding, the Landyachtz Dinghy was meant for cruising. The small design comes in handy when you have to weave in and out of crowds in the streets and the kicktail allows you to hop over obstacles on the ground. 

So, don’t buy the longboard to go free or downhill riding!

 The Landyachtz Dinghy is not a Board for Amateurs

The small size of the board and the responsive trucks makes the Dinghy very twitchy. It is designed for agile city riding and slashing. The board doesn’t offer the kind of stability a beginner skateboarder would require. It turns relatively faster when you lean and this can bring about major stability issues for a learner. 

If you want a more suitable option for a beginner, find a unit with a wider deck, longer wheelbase, wider trucks, larger wheels, harder bushings, etc. All these factors help to make the longboard less twitchy and keep you steady when you ride. 

Also, look for a board with a drop deck design ensures you are able to ride closer to the ground, resulting in improved stability as you learn to kick push.

 Multiple Designs for the Landyachtz Dinghy

If you are looking to get a Landyachtz Dinghy, you’ll be glad to know that there are numerous designs of the board for you to choose from, in fact, more than twenty versions of the Dinghy in the market and three different sizes. 

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With such variety, you can rest assured that there is a Dinghy somewhere that fits your preferences. In case you’re wondering what your options are, some examples you may be interested in include the Emboss and Beach Party, which are quite popular with riders.

The Dinghy Emboss comes with particularly sober graphics and is a top seller in the company’s mini-cruiser category. Other popular Dinghy models that you may want to consider include the Dinghy Turbo, Burning Sky, and Summit.

 What Did We Like?

The Landyachtz features a versatile design that combines the feel of a longboard with the agility and controllability of a skateboard. It is pretty stiff with no flex and the medium concave deck allows you to pull off tricks on the board. The kicktail also ensures that you can do moves such as ollies and manuals.

The Hawgs Fatty wheels used on the Dinghy enable you to slide easily. 

Even though the board was built for cruising, you can still manage to ride downhill with it if you have some experience.

The board is also compact and portable, allowing you to carry it pretty much anywhere you want to go. The smaller versions of the board can even fit inside a large backpack when you are not riding the skateboard. 

The Dinghy is also available in more than two versions with three different sizes. This provides you with endless variety to choose from, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Thanks to the versatile design of the longboard, you’ll have a fun time riding it on the city streets but you won’t have a problem riding on the rough off-road trails if you have to.

For a board that costs less than $200, the Dinghy boasts a host of high-performance features ensuring you get a bang for the buck when you buy one!

What Didn’t We Like?

If you have bigger than average-size feet, you might have a hard time riding on the smaller deck of the Dinghy. Tall people may also struggle to find a comfortable stance on the board. 

The maple wood used on the deck is not adequately water-resistant and tends to soak in water over time, resulting in a heavy skateboard.

The Landyactz Dinghy is not suitable for beginners who have no experience in skateboarding. It is best fit for intermediate of pro riders. 

Pros and Cons

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  • Can perform some tricks

Is the Landyachtz dinghy good for beginners?

If you are a beginner with some skateboarding experience but never tried riding a longboard before, then a Dinghy shouldn't pose much trouble for you. However, if you are completely new to skateboards, you shouldn’t choose the Dinghy for your first skateboard ride. It is just not stable enough for a beginner rider.

 Is the Landyachtz dinghy good?

The Landyactz is a remarkable cruiser and a favorite in the market. It comes with a top notch design that combines an array of quality features to deliver superior performance on all kinds of surfaces. Furthermore, it offers great value for the money considering that you can get for less than $200.

 Can you Ollie on a dinghy?

You can pull off an ollie on the Dinghy if you know how to! The stiff deck and the kicktail design allow you to perform an ollie without much trouble. You won’t need to use your hands to get the board in the air; the kicktail enables you to pop up the board with your feet!

 Can you do tricks on a Landyachtz?

The design of the Landyachtz lets you pull off a couple of tricks if you have the right experience. Thanks to the kicktail on the board, you’ll be able to perform tricks such as manuals, kickflips, and ollies. 

However, the wheels on the board are a little heavier and stickier, so the board may react slower when trying to do an ollie. As such you’ll only be able to perform basic tricks with the Landyachtz; not the complicated skatepark tricks!


From the above Landyactz Dinghy review, I can conclude that the board is an ideal choice for those looking for a mini cruiser that is compact and light enough to carry anywhere, and agile enough to perform tricks yet stable enough to offer a comfortable ride.

The board boasts a versatile design that mixes a host of top notch features and components to deliver the ultimate cruiser experience. It is the perfect choice to swerve through the crowded city streets as you commute to school.

Unfortunately, you’ll only realize the joy of riding the Dinghy if you have some skateboarding experience. So, whether you are looking for a skateboard to cruise, commute, or simply have fun with, look no further than the Landyachtz Dinghy !

About the author

James Mason

James Mason here. Surfing, skateboarding, and longboarding enthusiast currently living in Rio, Brazil. Started boarding since I was old enough to wear a helmet, except I often didn't. Think that explains a lot :)

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Landyachtz Tugboat review

Posted on Last updated: December 6, 2022

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Landyachtz Tugboat review

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The Tugboat mini-cruiser is designed for daily urban commuting and nimble transportation around the neighborhood or a college campus.  It’s also a cool technical board riders can do a lot with (keep reading). At slightly over $150, it’s a reasonably priced quality cruiser.

Table of Contents

What is the Tugboat good for?

This board is small and lightweight enough to be easily carried under your arm or attached to a backpack (may even fit inside it).  You can stash it under a desk or inside a locker.

It is sized like a regular skateboard but feels like a longboard when ridden, namely due to its trucks and wheels.  Yet, it’s larger than other mini-cruisers such as the Dinghy.

The Tugboat is fast, smooth and quick turning, easy to carve on with control similar to a street skateboard.  Sidewalk-to-street transitions on the Tugboat are smooth and seamless.  It handles wet terrain and dirt/debris very well, rarely stopping in its track.

Its good-sized kicktail and small nose also make it a good board for street tricks (kicks and flips) and some bowl/ramp shredding.

Experienced longboarders commonly take it downhill – some have even ditched their downhill boards to ride their Tugboat instead.

Heavier skaters particularly appreciate the Tugboat since it’s bigger than your average mini-cruiser, with more room for larger feet and better stability.

Tugboat vs Dinghy?

The Dinghy ( see my full review here ) is the Tugboat’s close little brother, one of the best-known mini-cruisers out there.  Although the two longboards have similar DNAs, the Tugboat is longer (30″ vs 28″) and wider (9.25″ vs 8″) compared to the Dinghy.

The extra 2″ on the Tugboat makes a significant difference in the way the board feels, making it more stable and less sketchy than the Dinghy.  The bigger platform makes for better riding comfort without losing maneuverability.

The Tugboat’s full-sized trucks are wider than the Dinghy’s, also helping make the Tugboat a lot more stable at higher speeds.  This contributes to the board’s being well-suited for some downhill riding.

Overall, the Tugboat thrives to offer the extra room and stability many Dinghy riders are lacking when slashing around town and down hills.  The Tugboat costs around $30 more than the Dinghy. Personally, I think it’s worth every extra penny.

UPDATE : Loaded Boards has recently released the Loaded Ballona , a great new challenger to the Tugboat and Dinghy. The Ballona has very impressive capabilities for commuting, tricks, and freeride, all in a compact and portable package.

Landyachtz Tugboat deck and design

The Tugboat deck is 30″ long by 9.25″ wide with a 14.8″ wheelbase. It’s made of solid 7-ply Canadian maple wood, making it very strong – it will withstand the pressure of a 200-pound rider doing jump tricks without issues.

Again, the size of the deck makes it a perfect board for riding around college campus and carrying it everywhere.

The Tugboat’s 7″ kicktail is quite generous allowing for kick turns and kick/flip tricks.  The 4″ upturned nose is big enough to let you do some nice manuals and nose rides, and comes in very handy in a bowl.

Landyachtz Tugboat kicktail and nose

The deck’s stiffness complements the kicks to make the Tugboat a capable freestyle/street/tricks board, while staying true to its street commuting goals (see trucks and wheels sections).

As you can see in the above picture, the board has a nice medium radial concave (0.5′) with slightly uplifted rails, keeping your feet reasonably locked-in for comfortable speed (e.g. downhill).  The concave, however, is not so deep as to keep your feet to move around freely when cruising and freestyling.

Being a “hybrid” type shape close to a traditional popsicle street deck, the Tugboat does not have full wheel cutouts.  However, its beveled  wheel wells  on the bottom, and wheel flares  above, serve the dual purpose of providing extra wheel clearance and blending into the lifted contours for more secure foot placement.

Landyachtz Tugboat deck

The Tugboat has quality grip tape  applied by the manufacturer.  While rumor has it that the board comes with soft grip for comfortable carrying, this is something of the past. The grip on the newer Tugboat is rough and tough for rugged street and park riding.

The graphic artwork, on the other hand, is very nice and delicate, and it really hurts to scratch it! That’s inevitable though.

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Landyachtz Tugboat Dog Temple



Landyachtz Tugboat owl emboss

Landyachtz Tugboat trucks

The Tugboat comes standard with 155mm traditional kingpin (TKP) Polar Bear trucks – though some configs run the 130mm version instead.  These are pretty big trucks found on some traditional full-sized longboards.  Again, this is in contrast to the Dinghy which can only accommodate very small trucks (105mm) due to its tiny size.

The result is a smoother and more stable ride.  The Bear trucks are awesome, they turn on a dime and are very surfy. Imagine a board as maneuverable and reactive as a street skateboard but with much bigger deck and wheels.  This is a street skater’s dream, particularly when it comes to riding across town.

The Polar Bear trucks give the Tugboat a very smooth and carvy feel due to well-aligned, straight-spinning bearings – the truck hangers are machine-faced with extra gussets under them. Riding the streets and sidewalks on these trucks is pure joy.

When it’s time for freestyle, the heat-treated reinforced hanger offers the strength and smoothness needed for flip and grind tricks.  The baseplate’s 8 holes also allow customization (old vs new school).

The Tugboat is sometimes configured with Paris 149mm trucks, which give the board a different, more traditional “skatey” feeling compared to the Bear trucks.

One thing to note is that the topmount deck results in the board sitting quite high above the ground . This, combined with the deck’s relatively short wheelbase, makes the Tugboat better suited for riders with some experience.  Handling it may be a bit challenging for a beginner longboarder.

The stock bushings are good enough for average riders, but a higher durometer would be best for a heavier rider – a set of Venom bushings may result in smoother cruising.

Astonishingly, the Tugboat comes with wedged risers on the front trucks, something not commonly found on most longboards out-of-the-box. Wedging the front trucks improves the board’s carving ability by making the front wheels turnier than the rear wheels – which are comparatively more stable for control.

This helps to make the Tugboat much “surfier” and more pumpable than a regular longboard.  The wedged front truck contributes to the special carving feeling you get on this board.  See my post on longboard pumping for more on wedging.

Landyachtz Tugboat wheels

By default, the Tugboat comes with 63mm, 78A Fatty Hawg wheels .  These are good-quality, softer wheels that make for a smooth ride on reasonably smooth terrain.

Due to their relatively small size, however, when riding on rougher terrain, poorly paved roads, or sidewalks, the board starts to feel a bit bumpy.  Many riders like to get bigger wheels, 70mm to 76mm such as Orangatang Stimulus for a smoother experience on rougher roads.

Typically, you should not experience wheelbite when switching to bigger wheels, but this will depend on your weight and how loose or tight you run your trucks. If you do get wheel rub, you can easily fix the problem by putting on taller risers , e.g. some Dime Bag 1/8 risers or other 1/4 pads.

Of course, the downside of larger wheels (and taller risers) is that it will make the Tugboat sit even higher above the ground.  It may consequently require more effort to push on over longer distance commutes, and be harder to break into slides.

Note : some hardcode street skaters choose to run smaller, 52mm Ricta Clouds to get a true street feel with the Tugboat’s larger deck, for just shredding sidewalks or skateparks – vs cruising and commuting.

The stock bearings on the Tugboat are 8mm Bear Spaceball bearings , which are quality bearings that are astonishingly quiet and spin smoother the more you ride.  I was impressed by the noticeable improvement to my gliding over time.

Final words

Many Tugboat riders are enthusiastic about this longboard – they find it amazing and often say it’s the best board they’ve ever bought (though the Dinghy remains a strong contender) including after months of using it.

Whether or not one agrees, the Tugboat is a really good choice for quick city commuting. Aside from urban cruising, it’s a good board for skatepark riding and technical street tricks.  Like most Landyachtz products, the Tugboat is a high-quality board at an affordable price.

If you’re a reasonably experienced rider, you can have a blast on this larger-than-average mini-cruiser, and you can easily customize it make it even better for surfing city sidewalks or campus alleys.

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Hi there, I have really enjoyed your reviews. thanks so much for the effort you put it. I bought a Big Blazer as my first ever skateboard and now I am considering having a second board just to test out something slightly different. I will only been cruising on it. No tricks. What are your thoughts on the Dinghy Blunt? Do you think this is a good option because it has 130mm trucks so it sits between the tugboat and classic Dinghy. I don’t think I have seen any reviews from you on the blunt. Would love to know your thoughts.

Monday 26th of October 2020

Hi, I'm thinking of getting a tugboat or a classic dinghy, but am not sure which one. I have some experience on a regular skateboard and can ride, push and turn fairly confidently, and would mainly be using the board for getting around places. I'm 6 foot 2, average weight and size 11 shoes, do you have a recommendation between the two?

Saturday 6th of June 2020

I just bought a tugboat as a complete beginner. Did I make a mistake? I'm 32 6'0" 180 lbs 12.5 size foot. I tried standing on a dhingy and felt nervous putting both feet on it. I am using this strictly for city commuting. Should I have gone with something like an Ember or Pantheon Trip? Or do you think I can learn on my Tugboat? I bought a helmet, & knee/elbow/wrist pads for falls.

Monday 27th of July 2020

Hey Bob. I'm sure you already know now, but I'm a complete beginner around your age and bought the Tugboat as well.

Simply tighten your trucks a little and the wheel screws to kinda lock you in and slow you down slightly and make you feel more secure/stable on the board.

It does sit pretty high making balancing a bit more difficult while just starting on a skateboard and will extend into attempting to pop an ollie, but since it sits higher - I'm told you can technically pop higher ollies once you get the snap down.

And finally, compared to a traditional longboard that sits low to the group with drop throughs - Learning slides will be very challenging. It's basically just saying it sits higher so it will be harder to balance and control.

Overall, the height and increased balance required seemed like the only negative and non-beginner friendly aspect of the board. Otherwise, it's near perfect in regards to being a technically capable cruiser that can also handle hills you'd feel more secure going down on a longboard. Perfect commuter IMO. Just adjust the wheels/bearings to whatever your city commute presents.

Monday 11th of May 2020

You say that "Tugboat [is] better suited for riders with some experience" - I'm looking for a board exclusively for city cruising/commuting as a beginner with absolutely no experience. Can you point me in the right direction?

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Depends on many things such as your height/weight, where you'll be riding (e.g bike trails vs sidewalks, crowded streets vs open roads, smooth vs rough terrain), whether you will be mainly pushing or pumping, whether you need to carry your board around and/or stow it under a desk), whether you want to do other things as well (e.g. tricks, speed, dancing, bowls etc)... Some resources to get you started are this post and this longboard quiz tool. HTH! ride on

Monday 20th of April 2020

Getting my first skateboard in 20 years. Debating between the Tugboat and the Ditch Life. I will probably mostly cruise but also want to be able to ollie up curbs and maybe try to get my manuals down. Probably not any flip tricks in my future. I have been hashing out this decision for a week. Please help! We I am 41 years old 6’2”, 175lbs size 11.5 feet. I do some long boarding occasionally but haven’t been on a regular deck in 20 years. Thanks!

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Hum tough call, the ATV is slightly bigger (31" vs 30" length, 9.75" vs 9.25" width) but same wheelbase. The Tugboat is a pure cruiser shape while the ATV is a dual kick street-like deck. I would say the ATV is more for tricks and flips while the Tugboat is designed for city cruising. They both have a 15" wheelbase though. The ATV comes stock with slightly smaller wheels - better for tricks vs cruise. It really comes down to that nose kick, larger and steeper on the ATV so it may be less comfortable for mellow cruising even though the ATV has slightly more foot platform. In your case I'd probably go for the Tugboat. Or, you can flip a coin :)

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