Join Date: Jul 2010
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Re: New to Boating - Need Advice on Inflatables
A few things.
A small inflatable with 6+ go will definitely move. I had an 11' with a 9.9 as a kid (that was our family boat) and it flew.
Like others have said don't underestimate weight and time setting it up. My wooden floored 11' took a full 30-45 minutes to set up. The wood floor (3 or 4 panels) in particular took time and effort to pop into place.
I imagine an air floor or roll up floor would be easier.
Also I'm not sure if you've looked but don't under estimate cost either. Inflatables and outboards hold their value and are expensive even on craigslist.
Also ill use this as an opportunity to plug for the Ryobi 18V cordless inflator pump. I use it for my Avon Redcrest 8' inflatable and it's great. Even when I've got the car you usually can't keep the car at te bottom of the ramp long enough to use a lighter plug pump. The cordless pump is great.
Precision 18, Massachusetts
Former boat: Contessa 26