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Inflatable tenders vs tender inflatables

Hi all
I'm looking to get a little inflatable tender for my 15' pocket cruiser
She has a full keel so no beaching, Maybe with improvised beaching legs, but still anchoring and rowing a shore will be necessary.
My budget is somewhat limited
Any comments/suggestions on the best bang for your buck for small 2 person inflatables that will do the trick as a tender in a marine environment?
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Nice boat, sadly a little rich for my blood (at least new) It costs about half of what my Danica 16 cost..with a trailer(Boat prices are generally all over the map though)
I guess I'm looking for something under $300 but still useable
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Sea Eagle Inflatable Sport Kayaks
These are decent. But far from the durability of a real tender. I have used boats form the same company on rivers and lakes, but never surf. It does hit your price point.
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Get on craigslist. If you are willing to search everyday for a while you will find a good inflatable under $300. You could also find a small rigid dinghy that would work in the price range but you are talking more weight and hard to manage on your pocket cruiser. I picked up a nice high pressure floor 8' 10" dinghy this year for $350. just keep looking until someone needs it gone. They are easy to inflate and with "modern" hypalon material they will last and last. Get a patch kit and you are good to go.

IMO rowing sucks get a small outboard and you'll be dialed in. an older nissan 2.5, 3.5 would be less than 30lbs. If you don't mind rowing, then save your money and get one of the cheapy WM dinks. They work too, just not as long.
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Wind since you are on the west coast, try these guys. They occasionally have demo boats and used boats inside your price range.:

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I regularily troll the local craigslist, however I'm looking also to discover which inflatables people reccomend as there's a lot of play lake models out there.
I do have a 9' long reasonably light fiberglass rowing dinghy but I could never stow it on my boat and would have to tow it regardless of the conditions. I suspect it'd be a fair amount of drag too.
I think I'll be buying a used one though
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If you're looking to find a used one around $300, what everybody else uses is kinda moot.. you're going to be buying the rare one that comes up at that price - and may well be taking your chances at that.

As a cheap alternative check out the Canadian Tires and such for the Sevylor brand of blow up boats.. they'd be tender inflatable tenders but if you're solo much of the time and careful about what beach you land on they might do the job for half your budget or less.

http://www.sevylor.com/Boats-C40.aspx
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My thinking was to look for the reccomended brands used, you see
That way I have input from people who've actually used them
I've looked at the sevylor and seahawk brands and am considering them as well
I appreciate the suggestions
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If you are on your own then go with a second hand sit on kayak cheep light very useable and will store on deck.
EDIT: just had a look at your boat..Kayak would be too big. Nuf said.
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