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Old 02-05-2013
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Re: Inflatable tender for 30' sailboat

We faced the same question a couple of years ago and ended up going with a West Marine RU-3 slat floor. It's 8'-6" and that has worked out to be a good size for the two of us and for our 30' boat. We can inflate it on top of the companionway hatch and store it on top of the foredeck upside down. It's light enough to launch easily from the deck and when we're finished with it we can roll it up into the size of a large duffel bag and throw it in the quarter berth. With the slat floor it doesn't track well under power and doesn't row well at all, but the ability to store it so compactly below decks usually makes that a reasonable compromise. If we had a larger boat we probably would have gone a little larger and with the high pressure air floor but we didn't want the tender to be unmanageable. Capacity wise, the 8'-6" would be tight with 3 adults even though it's rated for that capacity but it's fine for 2.
s/v Spindrift
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30
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