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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender
I have a low end kayak, a mid level bladder in fabric one, and have spent a fair amount of time in a top of the line inflatable. The cheep one is really just a pool toy, very bendy and not durable at all. The mid level is a Sterns (similar to some WM options) and has worked well, it tracks better than you might think and we use it often. The top of the line ones are really for white water and are super stiff and strong, but overkill for most needs.
Another option is a small hypalon dingy, I have an avon redcrest, achilles also makes 2 small options. They are very durable and if in good shape can be had used with lots of life left. Look for models without a solid stern and avoid the floorboards and they will pack small. Mine takes up about 1/3rd of a quarter birth, or can be lashed on deck pretty easy.