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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender
We use the 9 foot plastic hard kayaks.. but we have a 35 footer.
From what we've seen the soft kayaks leave a lot to be desired in the paddling area.. much of the energy of the paddler goes into flex, but I've seen 'stiffer' ones (Advanced Elements, eg) that look better. The new inflatable standup boards are amazingly rigid.
I think a quality inflatable kayak could work for you, esp at 25 feet, but try to get one of the better ones if you want to have some rewarding paddle explorations. We had a fit guest use an inflatable amongst a small fleet of hard kayaks, he was worn out at the end of a 2-3 mile paddle.
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