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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

Just wanted to put in a good word for the advanced elements kayaks. We have one of the advanced frame two person, it's been our only tender for about a year and a half now. The girlfriend, myself, and our 50lb dog all fit in fine, it's super stable and tough. Getting in and out of it from the boat took a little bit of practice, especially for the dog, but we've never ended up in the water. Done everything from hauling water, groceries, bikes, to battling wind waves to get back out to the boat. You do have to try to keep them clean though, we had some sand work it's way between the inflation tubes and the bottom, eventually wore a hole in the bottom. Easily patched though.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

In an Advanced Elements inflatable kayak, can one stand up whilst next to the sailboat and climb in relatively easily? I don't have a swim deck or swim ladder.
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Did you move to Shilshole yet? If so you could borrow my AE kayak (before I sell it) and see.

I did order an Oru and it arrives this week, I'm curious to try it out.

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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

Beware of kayaks that have a bladder inside fabric. They do not dry easily and mold can develop between the layers. I have an Innova Swing Double which I purchased before I bought my current sailboat. It rolls up into a tight package and fits into a Kelty duffel with four piece paddles. Although I do not use it as a tender it would fit into a cockpit locker.

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