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Advice wanted on buying a lighter, smaller inflatable tender

Babylon

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Recently bought one of these and, based on a couple of months usage, I would recommend. Though rated at 15A I have used it in warm conditions via a 10A socket without issue. The only fault thusfar is the coupling between the inflator hose and dinghy valve adapter which loosens as you seat the adapter in the valve....currently bodged with tape.
My electric pump is an older, simpler design, but the first thing I did was remove the flimsy cable and cigar-plug and replace it with heavy-duty cabling with mid-size crocodile-clips which connect straight to the 12v battery - avoids voltage drop and doesn't stress the boat's own wiring/socket.

I then made up my own inflater hose - from a length of corrugated hose found abandoned on the hard - works a treat.
 

emandvee44

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I have posted before on this subject.
We bought a 3D tender 3 years ago and have used it a lot. We treat it very carefully (note the fenders!) and it has performed well.
The 3D range is huge, and we chose the fastcat 2.80. Has a solid feeling inflatable floor, rows well and even with our little Honda 2 makes a good speed. (6 knots 1 up, but no planing of course).
Wife and I can lift it on board easily sans engine, and it has 4 lifting eyes so is often hoisted out of the water onto the fore deck with the spinnaker halyard. Comes in a backpack carrier.
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steve350

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As the OP I'd like to thank everyone for the advice given so far.

But I must reiterate I want my new dinghy to be more compact when folded and lighter than my current Achilles 2.3m with its solid plywood floor, without any significant reduction in safety.

I had also wanted it to be made of Hypalon for longevity but, as my wife has kindly pointed out, longevity is something we don't have !

So if the new one lasts, say, only 5 years instead of the more than 25 years the Achilles has lasted, that would not matter.
I haven't read through the thread so apologies if the 3D range of tenders have already been mentioned. They are very light and compact, eg. the 2m model weighing 11.9kg. I had a conversation with a chap on an adjacent mooring who uses one, he said he hadn't encountered any problems. Might be worth checking out:

FOLDABLE TENDERS - 3D Tender - Inflatable boats - Semi rigid - A wide large of pleasure boats for an unbeatable price-quality ratio


I just noticed the preceeding post recommendation for 3D! Should have read the thread!
 

Plum

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Recently bought one of these and, based on a couple of months usage, I would recommend. Though rated at 15A I have used it in warm conditions via a 10A socket without issue. The only fault thusfar is the coupling between the inflator hose and dinghy valve adapter which loosens as you seat the adapter in the valve....currently bodged with tape.
That Decathlon pump looks interesting. How long does it take to inflate an inflatable dinghy?

www.solocoastalsailing.co.uk
 

Blue_mischief

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I have a Twister and have found the Plastimo 2.3m a good fit. Comfortable for two. On the few occasions with 3 aboard it copes. I have an electric inflator, but have never used it. I bought a ?stirrup pump - inflates on both the push and pull. As quick as setting up the electric inflator and healthier too. :)
 
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