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OK sir.... it track well in wind and current, because it has 4 small fins on the outer tubes that help a lot.

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OK sir.... it track well in wind and current, because it has 4 small fins on the outer tubes that help a lot.

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Hello Ferretchaser

My comment was generic and not directed specifically at you but thanks for posting the added information I'm sure someone will find it helpful.

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Yup that is the one. Best all round small boat dink I have found so far for me

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I doubt whether an inflatable kayak would be sturdy enough to carry heavy stuff like fuel containers. There are three main considerations in a dink, 1.How far you can go in it comfortably against current, etc. 2. Carrying essentials 3. Where to put it.
Hard dinks are the best but take up a lot of room. There are some awesome rowable hull designs but they are heavy and usually>8' long.
RIBs are light, sturdy but do not row very well to go any distance without a motor.
Sea Kayaks are light, strong, can go anywhere but are very long, usually 16-18' or so and have to be kept on deck.
My solution to the no-outboard choice is to have a RIB, which rows fairly well and is sufficient 95% of the time. I also have an 8' high volume, steep creek type whitewater kayak which I can stow right down below. It will essentially go anywhere: shallow, rocky beaches, rough water, long distance, no problem. It has very little storage but groceries and small stuff fit behind the seat. It also serves as a great exploration boat and a very viable means of abandoning ship if within 30m or so of shore. It and the RIB can be stowed below on long passages, leaving the decks clear. My ideal dink would be a Whitehall rowboat but they are just too big.

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Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

I use an Innova Helios 2, and as far as inflatables go, it's really sturdy. It tracks pretty well if you remember to attach the fin underneath and is relatively stable. I take my dog back and forth to shore in it.

I went with the Innova vs some of the other models because I don't like the fabric bag protecting less durable innards and if I did spring a leak I could easily find and patch it rather than having to dig around inside a fabric bag.

The only drawback using this vs a dinghy is space...the max I can fit is two people and one dog (person in front holding the dog) with very little extra room for cargo.
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