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Question Inflatable tender for 30' sailboat

[B]I was looking for a n inflatable boat to use as a tender for my 30' Cal. I see a Saturn SD260 8.6' and a 9.6' which is possibly a little big. Any ideas about these boats? The 8.6' can handle an 8HP outboard , I have a 5 HP. I can leave it in thw water next to my boat if I get some bottom paint for inflatables or lash it on the foredeck etc. Saw the boats on boats to go .com ]Saturn Inflatbale Boats. Inflatable Rafts and Kayaks.
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Re: Inflatable tender for 30' sailboat

I have a Mercury Inflatable I use a 3hp folding evinrude ,works great for me fits on front deck in slip tows behind, or stores below. I can sail with it on deck but it tends to be in the way. Mine has air floor I like it!...Dale

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Dead-haul 75+ pounds up on deck and then have a 41X24X12 bump to lash down? Iguess it could be done? AFA leaving it in the water.... While you're sailing, like a tow-behind? Or tethered up to a mooring ball? Or tied alongside while at anchor/moored/docked?
A lot depends on usage,I'd think. How much do you need to ship weight-wise? How many people at a time...with gear? Could be several trips.
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Re: Inflatable tender for 30' sailboat

if it's going on deck might want to look at the Walker Bay. They have a transome that folds down. Makes it easier to lash down and with less sticking up less to get in the way. rigid portion plastic not glass. doesn't matter if it gets scratched up.rigid bottom is good- better ride,more stable.have had boards/inflatable floor- not as good IMHO as much more delicate.

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Stay away from Walker Bay air floor in my opinion. We have had nothing but trouble with ours and the repair gurus have given up on fixing the air floor, as soon as you fix one hole another appears. We had friends with a very expensive WB RIB, with center console and 20 hp. Also major problems and the company support was terrible.

We put Petit inflatable on our boat and never again. When you bring it on deck and fold it you get black powder everywhere. If it all fell off at once it would have been better. Ours just get falling off, now for more than three years.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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Re: Inflatable tender for 30' sailboat

Have a Garhauer outboard hoist on the stern, and an outboard mount on the stern rail. Handling the 8hp Yamaha is easy now. Wish I had an equally good method for handling the dinghy itself (old Achilles LS4)... I store it across the head of the slip with the aid of a plank, and tow the dinghy when it's needed. I bought some dinghy wheels on Ebay to assist with moving the dinghy around the dock.

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I used to have 2.5hp, but 8 is WAY more the same way that 14 kts is more fun than 4

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Sooty, you've got to give us more info on how you plan to use the inflatable, will you need to store it on deck, are you on a mooring so that you need to ferry people and supplies? I keep my dinghy in the water all season long, so I've always had bottom paint on mine.

I just replaced my 11 yr old PVC inflatable with one from "Coastal Inflatables" I haven't used it yet, but I was pleased with the personal service when I called to ask questions. Even after I bought the owner was telling me how much I'd like it. He really sounded proud of his product even after the sale, which is usually a good sign.

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Re: Inflatable tender for 30' sailboat

don't bottom paint your dinghy, just scrub it down regularly. we have a 7' rubber duck slat floor which is adequate for our needs, but barely. if my transom was wider, I'd go bigger.

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Re: Inflatable tender for 30' sailboat

Calypso is right. You need tof igure out how you're gonna use it.

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We used to have a small 8'-4" WM plywood floor with a 1.2HP Johynson one gear outboard that I could lift by hand.

Hard floors: no more. Air floors on Zodiacs are great.

We now have a 10'-2" Zodiac air floor with a 9.9 Evinrude, Garhauer motor lift. Lotsa fun.

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Check out Sea Eagle. Good quality, significantly cheaper than name brands. Have had 8.5 foot for almost 10 years and it is in great shape.
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