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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

I have thought an inflatable kayak would be a great additional tender. There are frame/fabric ones that fold will likely perform much better but are more money.
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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

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Something new, the Oru Kayak. Pricey and currently on 4-month backorder, think of it as a PortaBoat shaped like a kayak.
Those look really cool. Perhaps there will soon be an open source version that you can make yourself. Does not look too hard. $1200 seems a bit much.
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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

I'm only 2 feet longer at 27 feet but take two hard 8 foot kayaks with us on extended trips carried on the foredeck against the stanchions. Makes it tough for the kids who like to sit on the foredeck and hang their feet over but still leaves room to sit between them. I have also been able to easily inflate a 10 foot boat on the foredeck. It weights about 40 lbs and takes about 10 minutes to inflate but is a pain to store in a locker when deflated.
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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

We have a 28 ft boat and needed a dinghy this past summer. We looked at a number of kayaks, and while they looked like fun, we needed to haul groceries and ice etc back to the boat AND have room for the both of us (and perhaps fishing gear, snorkelling stuff, a small cooler, a day bag etc) . That pretty much ruled the kayaks we looked at out.

We decided on a pram type dinghy that I built over the winter. Lots of room, rows fast (can take a small motor) and best of all, tows like a dream. Its light weight and minimal displacement means it just skips along behind us and regardless of the waves/wind we were in, did not take on a drop of water. The lumpier the water was, the more fun it seemed to have!

At 6 knots, I can easily pull it in when approaching a marina...

We are still thinking maybe a small kayak to store on the deck for my wife to use for fun, but we will see....
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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

You can look into Point 65 modular kayak. It is stiff, has a rudder and seperates into 3-4 pieces. you can get a closed or sit on top version. Their latest model looks great.
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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.
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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

I bought this boat from Tim Sea Eagle PaddleSki Catamaran Kayaks | Inflatable Boats for Less

Tim recommended this boat rather than any of his other SeaEagle models.
Got a good discount too.

While the paddle ski is a little funny looking it has the following advantages.

1. You sit above the water, less wet.
2. Two people and a little gear, or one person and a lot of gear
3. Tracks really well.
4. Large tubes means that even if you don't land on it exactly right it will not tip over.

Ask me how I know.

As far as boarding and exiting I don't use the swim ladder as our location is too bouncy.
The stern is more active than the middle.

I had no problem standing on the kayak and climbing over the side.
Getting in was the same.
Sit on the rail move the kayak with your feet then just drop in.

Laguna 26', pretty high free-board. I'm 62 years old.

Not exactly fun but doable.

That being said I've brought it a couple times on the Bristol 32 but have not inflated it yet.

Too lazy.
Looking for a traditional inflatable and motor.
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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

I have a Kaboat .... its not a dink and not a yak but for me it works great. It tracks real well when rowing it and with a 4 hp engine it goes like the klappers. At 15 foot oal it has room for 3 easy and a bunch of groceries.
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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

Tracking on flat water with no current is one thing but hit any tidal flows or wind and what you thought was a good boat can turn into a nightmare.

Just make sure you define in what conditions you have good tracking.
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