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09-17-2013 01:03 PM
brianc
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.
09-17-2013 12:27 PM
smurphny
Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

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.
09-17-2013 11:55 AM
Ferretchaser
Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

Yup that is the one. Best all round small boat dink I have found so far for me
09-17-2013 11:47 AM
kentobin
Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

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.

Ken
09-17-2013 11:42 AM
DRFerron
Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

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

Can I sit down now??
Is this the boat in which you took me and John back to the marina after your wedding? There was a bit of chop that night as well as wakes from boats. Seemed to do just fine and the boat felt stable getting off of it.
09-17-2013 09:07 AM
Ferretchaser
Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

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

Can I sit down now??
09-16-2013 11:47 PM
kentobin
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.
09-16-2013 09:33 PM
Ferretchaser
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.
09-16-2013 08:42 PM
Chas H
Re: Inflatable kayak as a small boat tender

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I have an Innova Swing Double inflatable. It has exceeded my expectations for an inflatable. Call Tim Rosenhan 360 707 2855
09-16-2013 06:05 PM
davidpm
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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