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Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

Hi

I've got a small racer cruiser. A rigid or inflatable dinghy seems a bit too big and unruly.

Any recommendations for an inflatable two-person kayak for use as a tender?
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

We're extremely happy with our Sea Eagle kayak. If you go that route, spring for the "deluxe" seats.

When deflated it fits easily into a cockpit locker.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

We've been happy with the Lagoon2 from Advanced Elements.

http://www.advancedelements.com/lagoon2.html
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

From what I hear 'Advanced Elements' makes a good inflatable kayak. I know they make one of the best solar shower bags, at least.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

Advanced Elements are about as good as they get. In Seattle you can sometimes find returned one at REI (returns area in the basement, or the semi-annual garage sale) for a good deal.

I have a single person one that I carried as a second dinghy last year. I plan on selling this one shortly on CL (which is also where I found it). It worked pretty well, paddled about as well as an inflatable dinghy rows (which isn't great) but not nearly as well as a real kayak does. The longer and more expensive Advanced Elements kayaks look better, this one was one of their shortest and cheapest models.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

Another vote for the Sea Eagle. The wide open layout makes in & out easy, and also good for carrying a bunch of stuff. Added bonus, with creative inflation it makes a fine air matress for camping ashore.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

I worry about entering a kayak from the sailboat. Saturn makes something called a kaboat which is a cross between a kayak and a dinghy. Might be easier to enter from sailboat....not sure how well it will paddle compared to the inflatable kayak.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

Matthew,

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page to Similar Threads there are more threads about inflatable kayaks you might want to check out.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

If you are into kayaking, THIS is a far better idea than an inflatable. We are seriously considering them as a replacement for our old inflatable kayak.

The inflatable has been working out OK, but inflatable kayaks just do not perform well enough for my tastes. In my opinion, the only advantage of inflatables is that they are easy to store. The Oru Yak gives the performance of a hard shell with the compact storage capability of an inflatable.
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Re: Recommendations for inflatable kayak as tender

I've had the Sea Eagle 370FT for several years now and used it quite a bit. Strictly as a tender would rate it very good--stiff floor, tracks well enough, handles chop well, stores well on side deck(of my Tartan 30) inflated. Pretty good only as true kayak-no sea kayak. Can make progress upstream in moderate current but at about 50% more energy than true sea kayak. Enjoyable downsteam.
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