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They can be rowed. Kneel in the bow and paddle with one oar. If the wind comes up paddle faster...
But get 'decent' oars, as the ones found on these 'water sit-upons' usually break very easily ..... especially when its windy and youre 'rowing harder'.
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Re: Rowing an inflatable

I've had several inflatables, last two high pressure floor with inflatable keel. I never put the outboard on for many trips. I'd say I row 95% of the time to my mooring, which is maybe 400' ok, 300 feet

I know everyone always says they don't row, so I've always just kind of scratched my head and kept rowing. It has its limitations for sure. You can't fill the boat up, need to leave some room to move, and a full boat against the wind is a challenge. I've also worn out oarlocks and replaced.

The toy boats may not work very well, but give it shot. Like mark says, you can sit on a tube or kneel and paddle.


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I've been renting a sailboat for the season which is on a mooring. The only way I have had to get out to the boat is to pay the marinas launch service at $25 a round trip.

I was considering buying a cheap inflatable like this
Amazon.com : Intex Challenger 2, 2-Person Inflatable Boat Set with French Oars and High Output Air Pump : Open Water Inflatable Rafts : Sports & Outdoors

Anyone use something like this? Seems like, with the flat bottom and all, that they may be hard to control while rowing.
That is a cheap pool toy. It has unreinforced PVC, so the more you inflate it, the bigger it gets, and it never gets firm.

Spend a little more money, and you can get this, which is significantly better quality (3-ply fabric reinforced PVC). When inflated properly, it gets very firm:
http://www.amazon.com/Intex-Mariner-Boat-Set-Grey/dp/B00ACBCOII/It still suffers all the rowing issues of any inflatable, but it is significantly more durable than the cheap toy that you showed. But by getting a soft bottom, it is much lighter and easier to roll up for storage. Look at the reviews on Amazon to see the positive things that actual owners say about it.

I have the previous version of the same thing. They changed the name because of confusion with one of their cheap pool toys. They also added a bit of a V-shape to the bottom, which will make it track a little better when rowing.

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Re: Rowing an inflatable

Thanks for all the replies.

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How long does it take to inflate your dinghy with the hand pump?

How compact is it when deflated and folded up?

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How long does it take to inflate your dinghy with the hand pump?

How compact is it when deflated and folded up?
I bought this instead (actually already had it for other stuff when I bought the raft). Fits the Boston valve perfectly. 10 minutes max. Use the hand pump to top it off, and take it with me on the boat in case of emergency.
Coleman 12V QuickPump Electric Air Pump - Walmart.com

Pretty compact, as required for a 25 foot sailboat with limited space:

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Re: Rowing an inflatable

One of our club members has a Seahawk with a hard plastic floor so they can haul their Rottweiler. They row it all the time.
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Re: Rowing an inflatable

A decent quality inflatable will row OK. Not as well as a hard dinghy, but not bad. It must be made of reinforced fabric (PVC or hypalon) not the PVC only toys. A decent floor is also necessary. Best for rowing is one with a solid wood or aluminum floor as that allows for an inflatable keel, but getting the floor in is a bit of a pain.
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Re: Rowing an inflatable

Of all the possible alternatives rowing a cheap pvc inflatable would be my last choice.

A round transom Avon with slightly longer one piece oars would be my choice if you need something that stows in a locker. Floorboards improve things.

But a proper pulling hard dinghy is the best choice from a rowing point of view. It will be significantly better at making headway against a head wind and chop.
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If you have the time there are multiple plans for stitch and glue or fancier nesting plywood dinghies available on the internet. They weigh next to nothing, row very well, can be cartopped assembled or in the back of any thing with a hatchback and fold down seats. They will fit on your fordeck when travelling and you can fish off of them. In the future when you have the coin a small outboard can go on it. Might be a better choice for this boat and the next.

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Plans for an El Toro run $30, and you can race them...
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