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Best inflatable boat: 9 compact tenders put to the test

Robert Melotti

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  • September 9, 2021

Rob Melotti and the PBO test team put some lightweight, portable inflatable dinghies through their paces in Lymington to find the best inflatable boat

Inflatables are everywhere: paddleboards , canoes, kayaks , tents, kites and wings – and inflatable boat technology has long been a practical option for tenders, RIBs, liferafts and lifejackets .

But what the ‘new wave’ of inflatable boats brings to the practical boating landscape is the air floor, which makes very stable, very lightweight tenders a very practical option for people with limited stowage ie owners of cruising boats under 30ft.

And the market has responded with a selection of offerings under 2.4m weighing under 20kg. So which is the best and what should you be looking for to get the most for your money?

We tested nine models sold by eight different brand names. The inflatable boats were superficially quite similar, but in the accumulation of small details it was possible to pick a few favourites.

We rowed and motored all of the inflatable boats solo, and most of them with two aboard. We weighed and measured them and found a lot to like.

What’s the best inflatable boat? 9 options tested


3D Twin V Shape 230 Air Deck Tender was a good all-round performer – and best on test

3D Twin V Shape 230 Air deck tender

French manufacturer 3D Tender was one of the earliest producers of ultralight inflatable tenders. This model sports premium touches, such as davit rings and the most high-spec pump of all the inflatable boats on test.

In terms of convenience it is a rucksack carry bag with a large front pocket for the pump and accessories. The zips will need maintenance though.

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The V floor is a single chamber, keeping set-up time to a minimum and keeping the weight down. The lack of safety lines on the side makes carrying as a two-person team a little less convenient than some of the other inflatable boats, but the keel strip will help preserve this boat.

The rowlocks double as cleats and the rubbing strake will provide strength but little in the way of splashproofing for passengers.

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Force 4 02Lite was the lightest on test

Force 4 02Lite

This model is very similar to the Seago Go Lite (also tested), including the rucksack, which was our favourite on test for carrying comfort, although you do have to beware of any loose objects inside the bag dropping out of the side enclosure flap.

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The Force 4 02Lite was the lightest package overall and packed down to just 90cm long.

The oars were the smallest on test, which affected the rowing performance, but it was the only inflatable boat with open rowlocks – so you can use your own oars.

The bench is adjustable, but I wasn’t able to position it far enough aft to brace my feet against the transom under oars.

There are three D-rings for making a towing bridle on the bow but no ergonomic carry handle.

The rubbing strake is minimal with no splash guard and there are no davit lifting eyes.

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Crewsaver Air Deck 230 is solidly built and joint cheapest, but is outclassed by 3D Tender’s lightweight V floor design

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The pack we were sent for testing had the incorrect seat included, but we were able to substitute a seat from one of the other inflatable boats on test without difficulty.

The rucksack doesn’t have a front pocket, but there are no zips to corrode and the adjustable webbing buckles mean the top opening of the bag is quite forgiving for repacking.

The safety lines are robustly attached to the hull, which is a feature that will pay dividends long-term, but adds a bit of weight.

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The rubbing strake is also weighty, but the splash guards will keep water out of the boat.

The coned aft sponson caps are hard plastic, enabling vertical storage without damage and the rowlocks double as cleats.

There are davit rings in the bow and through the thick transom board, plus the bow handle is wide for ergonomic carrying.

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Excel Ventura SL200

From a Midlands-based company that specialises in inflatable boats, this came with a great double-action hand pump and was the only boat on test with an over-pressure valve – a useful feature for exposure to the hot sun.

The safety lines are sturdily attached and splash guards make up part of the rubbing strake protecting the sides and keeping water out of the boat.

The rowlocks double as cleats and the bow handle is wide enough for a proper grip.

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Excel Ventura SL200’s double action hand pump made short work of inflation

Davit fittings are supplied and the sponsons are shaped to add waterline length and buoyancy aft. The duffel carry bag was the sturdiest on test.

This inflatable boat comes with a good long set of oars, although we had to sit side-by-side to make any progress under oars with two adults on board.

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Quicksilver was big – but also heavy

Quicksilver Tendy Airfloor 240

This boat has an inflatable keel as well as a removable inflatable floor. There was also a rigid slat athwartship between the floor and keel, which increases the weight overall.

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This is one of the priciest and heaviest inflatable boats on the test and one of the largest in packed dimensions.

It features a fuel tank strap, a decent keel strip to prevent damage on slipways, a decent bow carry handle and rowlock cleats.

The rubbing strake is quite meaty as well without being particularly splashproof.

The carry bag is very forgiving – opening flat like a groundsheet.

There were no carry handles on the sponsons and the safety rope fixings aren’t as solid as many of the other inflatable boats on test, although there are rowlock cleats and the seat is fully adjustable.

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Seago Go Lite 230

Seago is a distributor, supplying UK chandleries and there are similarities between this model and the 02Lite from Force 4.

This model is very light and compact – just 0.5kg heavier than Force 4, but packs down to the same 90cm length.

The oars are very short, but are fixed using a pin and thole system which some may prefer over the Force 4’s rowlocks.

The PVC material is described as 1100 Decitex (Force 4 is 800 Decitex) and the backpacks of the two were identical: comfortable to carry and forgiving to repack due to their large side aperture rather than a narrow top.

The rubbing strake is minimal and there is no ergonomic bow handle.

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YAM 200T is not rated for two adults

This 2m inflatable boat has a fixed seat and was unique on the test for having wooden slats to reinforce the floor. This means less pumping up, but slightly increased weight.

Like the 3D tender there is no safety rope so carrying between two crew involves spreading your arms wide from bow handle to stern handle placed on the sponsons. It is rated for one adult and one child – the smallest by rating on the test.

There is a hefty rubbing strake with raised levels to block spray and the rowlocks double as cleats. The oars are miniature and the bow has three D-rings for rigging a towing bridle but no ergonomic handle for carrying. With two adults aboard we would have been better rowing side by side – but it was no slouch under engine.

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The nicest boat on test to row

YAM 240 (STI) Air Floor Sport Tender

This is the most expensive model on test and features an inflatable keel as well as a floor section, plus two sponsons to inflate.

With that much to inflate a high quality pump would have been better, but there is a pressure gauge included in the package to get everything sufficiently firm.

The seat is fixed but the oars were nice and long, which made it the nicest boat to row. As with the YAM 200T there were no safety lines fitted and carry handles are spread far apart, which makes carrying more difficult.

But there is a good, ergonomic bow carry handle and the inflatable boat is rated to carry 400kg, the highest rating on test. The rowlocks double as cleats and the rounded aft end of the sponsons have protective, hard plastic caps.

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Smaller diameter sponsons means more space aboard – but less freeboard

Talamex Superlight SLA230

Talamex is a Dutch brand imported by EP Barrus. This inflatable boat had the narrowest diameter sponsons on test, which creates more internal space, but less freeboard.

It’s an extremely lightweight package, with a thin transom board, but nice long oars and a good carrying handle on the bow.

The pump supplied is a single-action hand pump and the bag folds out completely flat like a groundsheet, which is very forgiving for repacking.

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The bag has nice carrying handles on the narrow ends. The seat was massively adjustable and the rubbing strake is generous without offering very much splash guarding.

The safety rope attachments look a bit vulnerable and there are no other handles on the sponsons.

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Launching the Seago 320

Verdict: Which was the best inflatable boat on test?

This group of inflatable boats can be subdivided in a few different ways: by length, by price and by weight (note there is also a group of rucksack boats and a trio of air-keel boats).

I think the best on test goes to the 3D Tender, which manages to keep the weight down, comes complete with a very high-spec pump, a very user-friendly rucksack bag with a big front pocket and a ‘slight V form floor’ that inflates as a single chamber.

There are no safety lines or a bow handle, so carrying the boat when inflated is less natural than some of the others and it’s the second most expensive.

The best bargain buy is probably the lightest, smallest package: Force 4, for me, is preferable to the very similar Seago model because of its ‘open’ rowlocks. But if you prefer captive oars, the Seago is slightly cheaper.

The Crewsaver is the same low price and probably more robust and seaworthy than the Force 4 or the Seago while being easier to carry when inflated than the 3D Tender. But without the V floor I think it’s a less versatile performer.

I didn’t see the benefit of the two 200cm dinghies we tested: both were noticeably small in use without being smaller to pack and stow or lighter to carry.

The 240cm V Floor models can carry bigger loads at greater speed, but if you really need that level of performance you have to accept the extra set-up time, weight and stowage.

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Rucksack bags were easiest to carry

The bag details matter when one of the main selling points of a product is its portability. We looked at handles, zips and overall design. Metal zips will corrode without a regular rinse in fresh water, but as long as the zipper track is plastic, then replacement zipper trucks can be fitted relatively cheaply.

Carry handles at the narrow ends are very useful and half of the inflatable boats tested can be carried as rucksacks. A few of the boats pack away in bags that deconstruct on all four sides like groundsheets, with webbing straps and adjustable buckles crossways and lengthways.

These are very forgiving and yet still pack up tightly and securely. We also looked at the quality of the bag material: is the bag likely to survive chafing, stretching, damp or UV exposure for as long as the dinghy itself?


We weighed each of the inflatable boats in their carry bags and found quite a variation in boat weights

Size, weight and price

Our facts table will quickly show you the lightest and smallest packs and there are four tenders priced under £500.

The two longest inflatable boats in the test (YAM 240 and Quicksilver 240) were in the biggest bags (110cm and 120cm respectively), and were the heaviest packs weighing over 20kg even without any accessories.

Only three of the nine tested boats weighed in at under 20kg straight out of the box. There was an 11kg difference between the lightest (Force 4 02Lite) and the heaviest (Quicksilver Tendy Airfloor 240).

The Force 4 comes in a rucksack bag that is 20cm shorter in length than the Quicksilver and over £100 cheaper.

But unless size, weight and price are your only criteria, then a simple numerical comparison could miss some important details.

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Pumps and pressure

Some of the air floors are rated for 1psi; others at 11psi. Most of the sponsons were rated at 3.6psi, which shouldn’t require too much brow mopping for foot- or hand-pump operators.

Five of the inflatable boats came with foot pumps, but the double-action hand pumps with the 3D and the Quicksilver were a joy to use.


All the boats were easily carried by two when inflated

Manual handling

It’s an ironic linguistic quirk that a tender should be so regularly treated without much tenderness. Even a few hours’ use on a clean slipway incurred scuffs, dings, grubby marks and a few minor tears to the carry bags.

Grass is far kinder than concrete for inflating, but is in short supply at busy locations. We looked at keel strips, rubbing strakes, safety line attachment points, bow handles and more… including the relationship between price, weight and fit-out.

First published in the September 2021 issue of Practical Boat Owner.

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The Heritage 12 Classic Yacht Tender (full inner liner) is a new multi-purpose yacht tender that rows well, sails hard, is 85 pounds light and beautiful lines. Famous Heritage bottom design for an excellent glide, and can be rigged for sliding seat rowing

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The Heritage 12 Classic Yacht Tender (full inner liner) is a new multi-purpose yacht tender that rows well, sails hard, is 85 pounds light and beautiful lines. Famous Heritage bottom design for an excellent glide, and can be rigged for sliding seat rowing.

Like all of the Heritage Classic line, she is made of hand-laid fiberglass and carbon fiber graphite. This is the strongest method known for boat building. Also unique is that she is made of both an outer hull and a fully molded inner liner. This is much stronger, lighter, and attractive than a single skin boat. The Heritage is as much a joy to look at as she is to row.

The now famous patented fold-in rigger arm system is standard. This has 3 benefits: First, when docking, you can swing the arm in without removing the oar. Very neat! Second, when folded in, it doubles as a grab bar to help you get in and out. And third, when folded in, it supports the canvas cover to keep rainwater from pooling. There are built in passenger seats both in the bow and the stern. Also standard are two drain plugs, molded non-skid, storage compartment, and bow and stern eyes. The Yacht Tender is surprisingly light, weighing only 95 pounds. Little River Marine has been constructing ultra light racing shells for 30 years, and we have applied what we have learned about light strong composite construction to this boat.

As an exercise rower, she is much better than traditional dinghies, due to her advanced hull shape, light weight, and stiffness. Women often choose the Heritage 12 as a boat that just “fits” better. When used for sliding seat, men seem to prefer the famous glide of the Heritage 15 or 18. But, when there are space limitations, the 12 is perfect. All 3 are stable, allowing the rower to stand. The 12 Yacht Tender is a better “family” sailing version as it carries a smaller, single sail. The 15 and 18 are more high performance with 2 sails.

We’ve built in an enormous amount of safety flotation, much like an inflatable raft has. The entire gunwale is shaped like a large horseshoe, all Coast Guard Certified air chamber flotation. An inflatable has this tube on the outside because it must be round to be made of fabric. We have placed the flotation in the inside and made it an appealing shape to the eye. No longer do yachtsmen need to settle for tenders that have forgotten form in the name of function. This is a romantic rowing craft much like that of which had graced the waters at the turn of the century. Its timeless lapstrake hull, swooping sheer and wineglass stern give her classic good looks. This graceful craft will probably become a treasured family heirloom, thus: Heritage. There is an optional second mounting station (for the sliding seat monorail) for those who wish to better relocate weight in the boat when passengers are aboard. The floor is non-skid, and there are over-sized lifting rings, bow and stern, for davits. New for yachtsmen is an optional all white gunwale, so there won’t be any chance of scuff marks against your main vessel.

What’s Her Best Feature?

Versatility to fit your lifestyle. Take a partner, or pile in the kids. Row hard or just sail. Clamp on a two-horsepower motor. Pack a lunch and go exploring. Strap it on the car for summer vacation.

Built with a wider hull than rowing shells, the Heritage is terrifically stable. This allows the rower to stand while launching or even at sea. One can even stand and cast a fishing pole. The Heritage also has a prominent bow enabling it to charge into the roughest seas. The deep-tracking keel and high stern will thrill you as you surf down sea. This is the first truly “ocean-capable” sliding-seat rowing craft. No more waiting for calm weather to row!

The sail/row design is well thought out so you may do both at once: row out, then sail home. Everything is cleanly designed to remove and re-attach instantly, even at sea.

Specifications and Accessories

  • Fully lined interior
  • Super flotation for self rescuing ability
  • 2 HP engine capacity
  • Patented fold-in riggers
  • Professional sculling oarlocks with full pitch and height adjustment
  • Built in passenger seat
  • Oversized padded sliding seat
  • Stern and Bow tow eyes
  • Molded non-skid
  • Cockpit drain
  • White “no-scuff” rubrail
  • Removable sliding seat
  • Removable bench seat
  • 2 Year “bumper to bumper” Warranty, Standard factory 2 yr limited warranty included


  • Length: 12′ 5″
  • *Pick-up Weight: 100 lbs.
  • Freeboard amidships: 17″
  • Draws: 3-4″
  • Carrying Capacity 431 lbs.
  • *Pick up weight equals boat without Monorails, or what you would normally pick up on your car. Monorails weigh 16 lbs and arms weigh 3lbs a pair:

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We deliver lightweight durable tenders that perform like no other boat. Designed and built to exhilarate, each Xtender is built from carbon fibre using Formula 1 technology.

Whatever the purpose, dimensions, configuration or drive train of the tender may be, we will beautifully integrate them into one greatly performing bespoke craft that is perfectly in tune with your yacht.

We offer a complete custom solution for your yacht. Your tender starts with a blank sheet of paper, your ambition and our expertise.

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Just like with the yacht, we take you on a journey towards a vessel that will best suit your wishes and user requirements.

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Choose an inflatable boat tender to complement your main boat. Agility and technical expertise have been integrated into a range of dinghies that you can fit with an engine for extra power. With 13 dinghy models available in our 2 tender  ranges : CADET and NOMAD, you are guaranteed to find the perfect model !

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An aluminium floor, which can be put in place in no time for maximum stability.


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A dinghy is a boat that is highly recommended to provide assistance as a tender when necessary for trips between the boat and the shore or the port, but also to access remote places. Easy to use on a daily basis, light and robust, your inflatable dinghy will accompany you on all your adventures on the water. With high-end PVC or Hypalon Neoprene construction and a sturdy hull , this rigid inflatable boat offers exceptional durability, ensuring years of uncompromising use. Its lightweight, compact design, combined with ease of storage, makes it the ideal companion for all your nautical escapades. These boats can offer quality seats for passengers while keeping high performance on water.

The versatility of the inflatable tender boat

The inflatable boat tender allows you to reach land when your main boat is moored, to operate  to places that are less accessible with your main boat and also to go fishing or snorkeling. Useful for everyday activities , it is easy to handle so it can be quickly stored in your yacht, sailboat or catamaran, requiring minimal use of davits . Lightweight, robust and easily foldable, the dinghies are equipped with wide tubes to provide more stability on board. The inflatable and foldable tube also enables easy storage and space saving. There are several sizes available to allow you to adapt the length of the boat to the number of people on board, the application and the boating  area.

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The tender's versatility is reflected in its ease of maneuverability and transport. Its quick inflation and convenient deflation mean you spend less time preparing and more time enjoying the water. Whether you're a fishing or diving enthusiast, or simply looking for a hassle-free boating experience, the inflatable tender boat is suitable for all occasions. Take on the waves with confidence , explore hidden coves and create lasting memories with the inflatable tender boat. The equipment and accessories on board are also designed to ensure the comfort of the captain and passengers : removable seat, lifting points, waterproof bag, paddles, handles, repair kit, etc.

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Because weight does matter, this single deck dinghy has been conceived keeping that motto in mind. Their light weight make them a real alternative for those who may have chosen a soft bottom tender in the past but would prefer a hard hull for its performance. Ultralite tenders are roomy and strong, yet light and easy to transport. These little boats can be launched and recovered by a single man and are easy to be transported on a roof rack.

You will be impressed by their obvious quality level. The excellence of the finish only compares the detail of the ergonomics. The simple layout is combined with an uncluttered design and numerous standard accessories complete the picture.

The Ultralite’s are made of 2.5mm thick powder coated marine grade aluminium for the hull and 1100 Dtex fabric for the inflatable tube.


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  • Stable, Smooth, Dry Ride
  • Not Inflatable! No Punctures, or Leaks
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A tender to last a lifetime

Carbon cats are rugged, versatile and amazingly stable to drive.

The efficient design means Carbon Cats require less horsepower to achieve the same speeds as other tenders. Lightweight durable construction means you can carry more weight in the boat without overloading it. 

Three Models to Choose from — T9 (9’2′), T10 (10’2″), T11 (11’2″).

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Our hybrid cat hull cuts through the water with a narrow entry forward but is remarkably stable and efficient with a wide catamaran section aft.

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The stability of the hull makes it easy to load people, pets, and gear without excessive healing and rolling.

Quality Carbon Fiber construction means the boats are durable and light. Pull them up on a beach or ramp or stow them onboard. (wheels and davits optional)

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The Best Inflatable Yacht Tenders

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Investing in the best inflatable yacht tenders will amp up your relaxation and make boarding your yacht much easier when you take it out for a spin. 

Yachting has been one of the favorite pastimes and leisures of many SoCal water adventurers. And when it comes to boarding your yacht, tenders are staples in boarding to and fro the yacht. 

Here are the best inflatable tenders you can use for your holiday fun on the yacht. 

6 Best Inflatable Yacht Tenders for 2023

  • Takacat 260 LX Innovative Tender
  • 12′ Saturn Kaboat
  • Newport Vessel
  • Zodiac Cadet RIB ALU DL
  • HydroForce Mirovia Pro 10’10” Inflatable Boat

1. Takacat 260 LX Innovative Tender

Takacat 260 LX is a custom-made PVC designed innovative tender. The inflatable boat features an air deck floor for a high tensile rigid hull core. It has an aerodynamic bow design that will get you over the rough and choppy waters to your yacht in no time.

With Takacat, you don’t have to worry about boarding your mothership wet as it has a new open transom and raised deck to keep water out and the floor dry. This heavy-duty, innovative tender has let go of the old and heavier traditional aluminum design and replaced it with innovative materials.

This design makes the tender lightweight and easy to use because of the drop stitch fabrics for the high-pressure removable floor. It boasts convenience through its fully removable Tube Transom, which makes rolling and folding this inflatable yacht tender super easy to store and carry.

What makes it even better is that the seams are chemically bonded with glue, which is advantageous for foldable inflatables as welded seams tend to become brittle and leak. Like a true inflatable catamaran yacht tender, Takacat LX 260 stands out with its innovative open bow, making it versatile and the best inflatable yacht tender for diving , swimming, snorkeling, or transporting from the shore to your yacht.

It has a powerful outboard of two to eight hp to transport approximately two people comfortably. Power, comfort, and safety make Takacat the first and best choice among your many yacht tender options.

2. 12′ Saturn Kaboat

Saturn Kaboat is a crossover between a kayak and an inflatable boat. What’s good about the Saturn is you have the choice to paddle around like in a kayak as it now comes with its own rowing oars. Or if you want to save your energy and fuel it as a motorboat with its gas or electric engine.

Being lightweight and narrow, Saturn Kaboat will zip you through the water to your yacht faster. It will also allow you to explore tight spots bigger tenders can’t access. This yacht tender is portable and will fit into a medium carry bag for easy transport when traveling.

Two people can board this yacht tender with its 500 lbs weight loading capacity. This yacht tender can also be a versatile boat for many sailing options as it also features a drop-stitch air floor to ensure stability. 

3. Newport Vessel

The inflatable sport boat yacht tender is a USCG rated triple-layered coated PVC boat, including aluminum-made materials. The anti-corrosive-coated PVC materials ensure protection against corrosion, sun, salt, and other elements that can destroy the inflatable boat.

The quality lightweight yacht tender is heavy duty and can board many people without compromising cruising performance. It comes in aluminum framed marine wood flooring, bench seat, and oars. 

4. Zodiac Cadet RIB ALU DL

The rigid inflatable boat is a good choice to use as an inflatable yacht tender as it has integrated transom supports for safe transport. This inflatable tender features a safe and comfortable ride with its removable cushion seats, foot pump, oars, and repair kit.

Additionally, you will not have a problem lifting the Zodiac to where you want it as it has four handles for easy carry, lifting points, and towing eyes.

It is possible to fit a fuel tank in this inflatable boat’s bow storage or an anchor locker. The floor is anti-slip, which helps passengers not slip while boarding and unboarding the yacht tender. 

5. HydroForce Mirovia Pro 10’10” Inflatable Boat

Hydro-Force Mirovia is a four high-density nylon PVC with a high-pressure inflatable keel for buoyancy. The heavy-grade PVC resists UV degradation, abrasion, and other destructive elements.

It’s lightweight because the floorboards and transom are made of marine-grade plywood, which you can just roll up when storing. Additionally, this boat does not take time to assemble, as it does not need complicated tools.

It is protected against impacts and friction with its extra tough strake. With its load capacity of 1411 lbs, you can board four adults and one child in the Hydro-force Mirovia Tender. 

6. Scout 365

One of the versatile inflatable boats is the Scout 365, which can be used for many water sports activities in any body of water. This inflatable boat fits two people and ensures portability as it can roll up into a bag for easy storage.

The unique Scout design features one of the best lightweight, durable, and compact inflatable boats. You will have no trouble standing up on this inflatable tender as it offers stability with its high bow and flat bottom, combined with a small outboard motor for gas or electric use. 

Yacht Tender Safety Tips

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When cruising out in the water, you should primarily think about boat safety as the wind and water conditions are not predictable. It’s better to come prepared all of the time. Here are some safety tips when on a yacht tender.

  • The weather and tide may be unpredictable, but it is best to check the weather report to know what you’re in for when cruising the SoCal waters
  • Always wear a life jacket when boarding your yacht tender, no matter how short the trip is
  • If your boat does not come with oars, bring one to come prepared when your engine fails you
  • Always make sure to have a means of communication with the authorities and other important contacts
  • Don’t overload your yacht tender; always stick to the weight capacity
  • Make sure to read your yacht tender manual, so you know how to maneuver your boat and to know what outboard motor fits
  • Always keep a puncture repair kit ashore and in the yacht in case of emergency.

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Yachting is fun, but every time you’re out in the water is a risk to your safety. When boarding your yacht tender, it’s essential to know how to maneuver your inflatable dinghy safely. Taking the  California-approved boating safety courses  should be a priority when you plan on purchasing the best yacht tender.

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Power, Performance and Comfort Wrapped Up in a Light-Footed 10ft RIB Tender

It’s never been easier to experience adventure on the water than when climbing aboard the Falcon 330. The BRIG Falcon ‘T’ Series tender range is the best-selling lightweight fiberglass tender in UK & Europe, as exemplified by this nimble, compact RIB tender. This easy-to-navigate 10’4″ inflatable boat will transform an ordinary day on the water into an exhilarating joyride you’ll want to take again and again.

Weighing only 166 pounds, the Falcon 330 is built for speed and agility. This luxury yacht tender also provides remarkable comfort, even when traversing rough seas or choppy waters. Whether you’re out for a solo excursion or spending a full-filled day on the waves with a few companions, you’ll enjoy an adrenaline-pumping ride that allows you to leave your cares ashore.

The Falcon ‘T’ Series has been redesigned to include innovative design features such as the tube stern end steps and bow step plate with integrated chrome-finish navigation lights. The deluxe folding bench seat and console side seat provide ample room for up to four passengers.

Whether you’re cruising the coastline, exploring a hidden cove or inlet, or whipping through the waves, with the Falcon 330 at your command, your time on the water will never be the same again.


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Featuring an innovative European design that meets the highest standards for quality performance and maneuverability, the Falcon 330 is the ideal companion to your powerboat or yacht. The inflatability of the 10ft RIB tender eliminates the need for towing — take it onboard and inflate it when you’re ready to embark on your next adventure.

At a width of just over five feet, you can navigate narrow passages or congested boating lanes with ease, leaving larger, bulkier vessels in your wake. But despite its relatively small size, this compact RIB tender won’t cramp your style. Three spacious chambers provide plenty of room for you, your passengers and any food, diving equipment or other “necessities” you need to maximize your boating pleasure.

With the ability to generate up to 50 horsepower, you’ll appreciate this 10ft inflatable boat’s ability to propel you through the water — even when the going gets a little rough. As with all the watercraft in our line, we’ve made having fun on the water while aboard the Falcon 330 as safe as possible. The antiskid deck surface helps to prevent slipping and sliding — even on wet surfaces.

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The best inflatable boats encompass a wide array of vessels with varied abilities that are suited to a myriad of purposes…


As a result, it is necessary to offer the following caveat and disclaimer: the term ‘inflatable boat’ can be confusing as there are some large RIBs (Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boats) with multiple high-powered engines that are designed to perform search and rescue operations in the most demanding coastal conditions imaginable, while other inflatable boats are suitable only for playing in a swimming pool or on a calm lake or river.

This guide highlights some of the best inflatable boats for various common and specific uses. Even the best inflatable kayak will be wholly unsuited to acting as a yacht tender ( see explainer below ), while the best yacht tender will likely not make an ideal inflatable fishing platform.

With so many designs available, it’s crucial to select the right inflatable boat for the job.

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Best inflatable boat for use as a tender

First up on our list is arguably the best value, fully-modular PVC tender that can currently be purchased on the market. Featuring an 1,100 denier thread count and heat-welded seams backed by a 3-year warranty, this inflatable boat is sure to last a long time.

Coming in three different sizes with both modular aluminum and air floor options, there is an option to fit the requirements of most cruisers looking for a fully storable tender – a huge benefit for owners of sub-40ft boats.

While there are many options available, I would advise buyers to go with one of the 9.8’ or 10.8’ models with the solid, modular aluminum floor, as these have the best performance-to-price ratio. These models will also handle the best when blasting along in chop with up to a 15hp outboard.

While the 8.8’ model will be fine for lighter use, the 10.8’ is a lot more boat for not a lot more money or storage space onboard. However, if speed of set-up is your priority, the easiest models to set up and break down are without a doubt the air floor models.

Reasons to buy

– Heat-welded seams – 3-year warranty – Semi-rigid floor – Includes all necessary accessories like bag, pump, oars, bench, etc. – Some air floor models feature EVA faux teak decking

Reasons to avoid

– Fairly expensive for a PVC tender (close to some cheaper glued Hypalon options) – Not as rigid as a true RIB – Can only take up to a 15hp outboard – Modular aluminum floor options can be more difficult to install than air floor models – Wide, light inflatable boats without a keel such as these tend to row very poorly


– Size: 10.8 feet

– Weight: 80 pounds

– Material: h eat-welded re-enforced UV and puncture resistant PVC

– Capacity: 5 person


West Marine RIB 350

– Tremendous value – Quality materials – Very robust and capable

– Big and heavy – Requires serious storage/lifting capabilities – Fiberglass floor will require more maintenance and is also heavier – Still nearly $4,000

– Size:  Length: 11 feet 5 inches

– Weight: 161 pounds

– Material:  Floor:  fiberglass |  Transom construction:  fiberglass and birch marine plywood

– Capacity: 1320 pounds./4 person

Next up on our list is a premium but affordable RIB option for cruisers with either davits or a spot on the foredeck of their yacht, looking for a tender with a lot of capability.

This model features a double-floor, lift points, and an integrated anchor locker. At 161lbs and 11’6”, this model is hefty, but this sturdy construction allows the RIB to sport up to a 25hp outboard.

Coming in at under $4,000, the RIB-350 is priced well below many of the other offerings on the market, and is of sound construction and materials.

While the RIB-350 is a very good and affordable dinghy option for serious cruisers, I would like to see a double aluminum floor option in the future.

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Inflatable kayaks and other inflatable row boats

While the boats above are undoubtedly some of the best fully inflatable boats on the market, they are ill-suited to applications where rowing is preferred or required. For the sake of exploring rivers, streams, or even lakes by paddle, an inflatable kayak is a much better option.

Unlike their solid cousins, inflatable kayaks are surprisingly stable, while retaining many of the unique properties of a solid kayak — such as exceptional tracking through the water, good speed, inertia, etc.

Inflatable kayaks tend to accomplish these things by having a completely flat bottom, with the exception of a rigid fin that typically slides into place on a stitched track that is integral to the bottom of the kayak. From there, there are many unique and proprietary features that differentiate one inflatable kayak offering from another.

For small boats of 20-28’ without the ability to launch or store a proper tender, an inflatable kayak can often be a way to add versatility without many of the downsides that come with owning and operating what is essentially another vessel (i.e. cost, storage space and additional fuel storage).


Intex Explorer K2 Kayak

– Very directionally stable thanks to the included skeg – Lightweight and easy to carry – Fast – Comfortable to sit in

– Only comes in one color – No storage nets or bin

– Size: Display length: 58.74 centimetres

– Weight: 13.4 kilograms

– Material: vinyl

– Capacity: 350 pounds / 2 person

The Intex Explorer is the company’s no-frills, functional inflatable kayak that is designed for two people.

Although not as stiff and robust as more premium options, the Index Explorer will work wonderfully well for exploring lakes and rivers and may even be used in some very calm coastal areas.


Intex Challenger K2

Best tried and tested inflatable kayak

– Affordable – Has cargo net to hold gear – Nicer color than Explorer

– Not as rigid as the Excursion Pro – Low bow makes it susceptible to splashing

– Size:  Inflated size: 11 feet 6 inches X 2 feet 6 inches X 1 foot 3 inches

– Weight: 36.4 pounds

– Capacity: 2 person

The Intex Challenger K2 is the company’s mid-range inflatable kayak and the one that I have owned and enjoyed for years.

Like the other models, the Challenger K2 features a fully-inflatable construction, detachable skeg that slides into place, and inflatable seats that are actually very comfortable.

Despite the similar cost, the Challenger K2 has one benefit over the Explorer that is noteworthy: the cargo net is actually surprisingly useful as I always find myself stowing gear like life jackets, waterproof cameras, etc. underneath it.

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Intex Excursion Pro K2

Best inflatable boat for rowing

– Higher pressure air tubes to increase rigidity – Integrated foot rests and rod holders – Comes with two different skegs for shallow and deep water

– Only comes in one colour – No dedicated storage solution for gear

– Size: Inflated size: 12 feet 7 inches x 3 feet 1 inch x 1 foot 6 inches

– Weight: 19.77 kilograms

– Material: plastic

The Excursion Pro is Intex’s premium inflatable kayak, although it is still very affordable. This model features a more rugged construction and numerous creature comforts like foot rests and integrated rod holders.

More pronounced coverings also create small storage cubbies at either end of the kayak, although it would be nice to see a dedicated storage bag on future models.


Classic Accessories Colorado Pontoon Boat

Best inflatable boat for fishing

– Rugged steel frame construction – Abrasion-resistant bottom – Elevated seat allows for better visibility and functionality – Pontoon design makes boat more stable – Lots of integrated storage

– Fairly expensive for what is essentially an inflatable fishing raft – Cannot accept an outboard motor – Steel frame could rust over time if used in salt water

– Size: Assembled size: 108 inches L x 56 inches W x 28 inches H

– Weight: 77 pounds

– Material: PVC bottom, tough nylon top, powder-coated steel tube frame, bronze oar locks, cold and heat-resistant bladders and rugged 7-foot two-piece aluminum oars

– Capacity: one person

The final inflatable boat on our list is the Colorado, offered by Classic Accessories, which has been designed primarily as an epic river fishing platform for a single user.

With an abrasion-resistant bottom, this river raft was made for navigating the craggy shallows that trout and other freshwater fish tend to inhabit.

With a rugged steel frame and a wealth of storage, including rod holders, this pontoon boat is the mountain angler’s ultimate tool. This raft can also be fitted with a trolling motor.


What makes an inflatable boat a tender?

In the context of inflatable boats, a tender is a small inflatable boat designed to be an auxiliary vessel to a larger boat or yacht. There are many types of tenders, including those with rigid bottoms as well as wholly inflatable and storable models.

Tenders may be very expensive or very cheap depending on the design. Typically, the most expensive tenders are constructed with painted aluminum bottoms and double floors, where the walking surface is covered with some type of faux teak vinyl or foam decking.

On these more expensive tenders, the tubes are typically constructed of heat-welded (rather than glued) hypalon, which is far more durable to UV than PVC.

Therefore, fully-fledged tenders are typically the preserve of wealthy liveaboard cruisers who spend most of their time in tropical regions where their tender is in use nearly all of the time and is therefore constantly exposed to UV radiation.


For casual part-time and/or temperate cruisers, more affordable but equally suitable, tender options exist. For less demanding applications where stowage ability and modularity takes precedence, fully-inflatable boats with an aluminum floor are often preferred, though a model with a rigid air floor may also be used.

In terms of rigidity while underway, expect boats with an aluminum hull and double floor to be the most rigid, while air-floor models are typically the least rigid and therefore the worst option for handling coastal chop and outboards above 10hp.

RIBs with fiberglass hulls and floors also exist, but these are typically heavier, not as rigid, and also prone to degradation from constant immersion in water (blisters) and UV radiation (chalking).

While fiberglass is a wonderful material for larger vessels, I do not recommend it for RIBs as aluminum tends to be a much more performant and long-lasting choice.

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  • Updated: March 23, 2011

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Mac Waldorf equipped his new boat with everything he needs: It has a Garmin chart plotter, the latest stereo equipment with an iPod adapter and a comfortable seating area for entertaining with cold drinks.

It’s also his tender.

Waldorf, from Bay Harbor, Michigan, owns Wrapsody , a Tiara 5200. He used to think of his tender as a tool for ferrying passengers and gear, just as most yacht owners do, and he had a 12-foot Avon inflatable that was used strictly for those purposes. But he just took delivery of a Nautica International Nano 18 ( ), and now he has a do-everything boat, ready to cruise the harbor with a cold soda from the integrated cooler and pull the kids on wakeboards or tubes.

“What we were looking for was a tender that, once we were on the anchor, we could jump in and spend the day traveling around and sightseeing,” he said. “It will be so much easier.” For advice on choosing a tender, see “ Respect Your Tender “.)

The faster, more stable Nano 18 fit the bill: Its hard-fiberglass bottom is slightly narrower than his former tender’s, which decreases the overall weight, making it easier to tow from Wrapsody . Thanks to its custom layout, it has seats down the port side with the driver’s console to starboard — no sitting on the tubes for Waldorf’s family and friends. Lower gunwales mean easy on and off, and the Nano 18 also provides a smooth ride in the often rough waters of Lake Michigan. “In chop or waves, the way the boat’s designed, the tubes can take up the shock and cut down spray,” Waldorf said.

Just as many ideas for yachtsmen trickle down from the large-yacht market, so it goes with more versatile tenders. Have you had a look at the latest tenders? Here’s what today’s small boats can do for you:

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1. Turn Heads Making an impression with the big boat is one thing — but quieting the crowd with a tender at the best dock-and- dine watering hole in the harbor is something else. Frauscher ( ) makes runabouts that hark back to the heyday of play on the Riviera, but with a futuristic edge. Updates of classic mahogany runabouts such as those built by Hacker-Craft ( ) catch the glint of the sun in gleaming mahogany. The Corsair line from Chris-Craft ( ) cuts a familiar profile from stem to trademarked tumblehome, but with teak packages and color schemes that let an owner complement the mothership or create a striking contrast.

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2. Make a Splash High-end tenders for superyachts, such as the 45-foot WallyTender ( ), and the range of center consoles, walkarounds and sport yachts from Intrepid Boats ( ) can open up a world of activities once the mothership has dropped the hook. Water skiing, wakeboarding, blue-water and inshore fishing, diving and exploring are all on the menu. Smart design features such as open transoms, hull-side dive doors and clever cabin spaces expand the options even more. “We go to a location and tie the big boat up for a month at a time, but we’ll use the Intrepid every day,” says Capt. Rob Loveall, skipper of Annastar , a 117-foot Delta that tows an Intrepid 40 Open. “We won’t go anywhere without it. Everything’s painted to match — the Intrepid looks just like the big boat — and the Intrepid gets more head turns than the big boat gets.”

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3. Blow It Up Rigid-hull inflatables have also gotten better, and better, looking. Add in custom features and the results are boat owners who can’t wait to tie up so they can launch the tender. The use of high-tech composites has reduced weight, while improved designs have meant even better performance. And while the SEAL-team cachet is part of the appeal, it often has a decidedly teaked-out twist. The HBI 30 from Hunt ( ) uses an efficient hull design and custom features to deliver a lightweight, versatile tender package. Depending on the tender’s purpose, Hunt offers a selection of power options including single and twin outboards, inboard and jet power. Plenty of stowage and seating for up to 14 add to the utility while guest comfort is met with a stand-up head and shower in the console. Pure Yachting ( ) of Newport, Rhode Island, builds a series of high-end RIBs ranging from 14 to 24 feet with the hull and decking fabricated from carbon fiber, Kevlar and Corecell foam coring. The 14-foot-9-inch Pure 450 can take a 70-horsepower outboard and weighs only 285 pounds. Even the 24-foot Pure 730 weighs in at a svelte 1,204 pounds. In addition to reducing the boat’s overall weight, the higher-tech materials improve sound-deadening and strengthen the hull to provide a quiet ride in chop. Fully custom models in the Grand Tourers series from British manufacturer Rib-X ( ) can be matched in color and style to the mothership. Distinctive designs set these boats apart. Williams Performance Tenders ( ) use clever deck arrangements to seat the whole crew comfortably and safely, but also offer performance and speed with jet power.

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4. Break the Mold The Jet 20 from Protector ( ) is a 20-foot RIB built around a Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO personal watercraft mounted permanently in the middle of the larger boat. The driver operates the boat from the FX Cruiser’s saddle. The craft is equipped with a cruise-assist, no-wake mode to make it more manageable when running at slow speeds and has reverse for full maneuverability. The combined unit weighs 1,700 pounds with a 7-foot, 6-inch beam. Another boat that takes do-everything to the next level is SeaLegs ( ), built in New Zealand. Two wheels on the transom and one at the bow fold down on hydraulic struts, allowing the boat to lift off the ground and drive on land at speeds up to 10 mph, thanks to a 24-horsepower air-cooled Honda engine under the helm seat. On the water, the 20- foot (6.1-meter) RIB is powered by an Evinrude 115 hp E-Tec outboard. With the wheels folded up and out of the way, it has a draft of 16 inches and can carry up to 1,100 pounds — that’s on water or land. A 23-footer is also available.

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5. Lose Weight Walker Bay ( ) builds its Genesis series RIBs with hulls formed out of injection-molded plastic instead of fiberglass to save weight. “They’re nice because they’re bulletproof,” said Jarrett Bryzek, owner of International Yacht Network in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “You can bend them; you can’t break them.” An 11-foot, 2-inch 340 Console Genesis weighs 226 pounds without the motor and has a carrying capacity of 1,331 pounds. Comparatively, the Oceanus 11 VST from AB Inflatables ( ) is 11 feet long, weighs 370 pounds and carries 1,318 pounds. Nautica International saves approximately 120 pounds per boat in the Nano series by going with powder-coated aluminum framing for the seat construction. Lighter tenders also give boat owners more options to find a boat that fits their current davit system. “We had sailboats with light-capacity davits and up until now they could only have a tiller-steered tender or a jet ski,” Bryzek explained. “But people don’t want a jet ski, they want a console tender,” he added.

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True Kit’s relentless drive to innovate and produce the best available inflatable boats has led to the latest collection of True Kit New Generation designs. The safe and stable platform you’ve been looking for and the exhilarating performance of a lightweight speedster combined in a world beating package.

When it comes to all round performance,  catamarans are out in front across all critical criteria for choosing an inflatable.

•Incredibly stable. Check out the images and videos on this website and on You Tube to see how easy it is stay upright and in control with a True Kit, whether you’re boarding from a yacht, fishing or speeding across the water

•Significantly less drag than a typical deep-v hull allows for much smaller, lighter, more affordable and more fuel-efficient outboard engines. You need less horsepower to enjoy a thrilling ride

•The catamaran hull is ideal for shallow waters and great when beaching your boat (step out with dry shoes!). It also sits flat on the beach or your deck

Safety and stability are mission critical features that True Kit will never compromise on.  We realise that when you head out on the water, safety is a number one priority. 

•Our unique catamaran design and oversize pontoons mean True Kit inflatables exhibit superior buoyancy and stability, without sacrificing exhilarating performance. 

•Many people are surprised that you can actually stand up in our boats! 

•Multiple chambers and welded seams add to the safety, meaning you can take your family on the water with peace of mind. 

•True Kit inflatables are now being used for flood RESCUE and recovery from the water by many organisations around the world.

Quality and durability were uppermost in our minds when we were choosing the materials for the True Kit range.  After extensive research and testing we chose the world’s leading, premium fabric for inflatable boats - Valmex® by Mehler Germany. 

•Mehler has over 60 years’ experience in the development of textiles

•Mehler uses the most advanced technology to ensure their high quality, German made textiles are longer lasting

•The Valmex® fabric demonstrates superior flexibility, elasticity, airtightness and resistance against mechanical damage and UV

•Valmex® is recyclable

•Manufactured in Germany under the internationally recognised standard of quality: ISO 9001:2008

We strive to keep the weight out of our inflatable boat range to make our dinghies manageable by anyone. Carrying and rowing these boats is a breeze, and for our larger designs we have our exclusive QuickLok Dingy Launching Wheels. 

Whether you are using your True Kit as a tender and need to pull it onboard the mothership, or your True Kit is the water-going extension of your caravan, keeping it light is critical. The secret is in our thermo-welded seams and superior fabrics, which help us to remove all unnecessary weight from the boat.

At True Kit we aim to use the best technology available in the inflatable industry.  Many people will have seen poor quality inflatable boats literally falling apart at the (glued) seams after a short period!  At True Kit we are safety conscious and that is not an option.  The seam can be an inflatable boat's Achilles Heel - or the strongest part.  We choose to thermo-weld the seams on our boats  to create the strongest bond available (a permanent mechanical bond).  A welded seam on a True Kit inflatable actually becomes stronger than the fabric itself (notwithstanding the fact that the fabric we use is the best in the world).

True Kit folding inflatable boats are the easiest and fastest in the world to set up.  Keep one in the yacht, the motorhome or the back seat of your car!  Our agile boats allow any stretch of water to be your playground.  Hit the water in minutes.  True Kit make the outdoors more accessible.

You can trust a True Kit to give you years of trouble-free use thanks to our rigorous commitment to quality at every stage.

•German-made Valmex® fabric

•Thermo-welded (not glued) seams for an unbreakable bond 

•Top quality fittings from Railblaza

•Strict quality protocols to ensure that our boats stand up to their owner's demands

•Superior design specifications to cover critical durability criteria

Our innovative designs are based on an ultra-efficient catamaran platform, which means our boats out-perform most. They are also much easier to use thanks to the distinctive landing craft bow on our Discovery Range. The bow’s design ensures getting into a Discovery from the water or the dock is very easy. This makes them ideal as tenders or for fishing and diving.

Let customers speak for us

Hi, the wheels seem good, the quality is good, but you could have put ball bearings in there in some way that you can change at regular intervals. Now we have ice on the lake, we've had that for a while, so I haven't tried the wheels in real life if there is any such. After all, I had the honor of paying taxes that surely go towards improving the world, however you now look at what is better. Anyway, best regards.

QuickLok Dinghy Launching Wheels (Self-Fitting)

The wheels are real easy to put down and retract. My only concern is the tyres on the wheels appear to be retreads.

True Kit Discovery - Inflatable Catamaran Landing Craft

Great add on. Folded up they can't slip out of their bracket. Very well designed

Easiest boat I have ever bought and staff were excellent and very helpful. Absolutely no problem purchasing from Australia and better than anything I could buy in Australia.

We love the stability, strength, roominess and light weight of our new True Kit inflatable with 9.9HP LW Merc on the back. Seating, rings and accessories are very well placed and thought out. The landing craft style bow makes it even easier to hop on and off, particularly at the beach. Our dog River thinks it was designed just for her - a perfect place from which to keep watch whilst underway!

READY FOR DISCOVERY - inflatable catamaran landing craft

A lot of pre purchase investigation went into this order. Buying sight unseen is always a risk. Product has met our expectation. Still in early days. You can follow our experience on YouTube

Great addition to our 4m Discovery. quick to set up. Adjustable and solid. Cant wait to put it through its paces on the open water.

True Kit Bimini

I haven't had the time to use the boat yet, but have assembled and inflated the boat. Compared to the Zodiac Granride MK3, it's a lot lighter, and the inflatable deck is much easier then the zodiacs hard deck to get in place. So just from looking at the TrueKit, i think the quality is up at the zodiac level, and looking forward to try out the boat in the water!

Very happy with the quality of both build and design. I’m looking forward to many years of fun and service from this tender. Highly recommend to of the pile product!!

True Kit Navigator - Lightweight Catamaran Yacht Tender

Haven't had a chance to use yet,but happy with product & accessories Customer service is exceptional. Would definitely recommend true kit for consideration if looking at purchasing inflatable boat. Thankyou

The Bimini top fits beautifully onto my Discovery 2.8. You can tell that a lot of thought went into its construction and design, as the ropes, cleats, and clips all fit exactly as they are supposed to and create an extremely sturdy top. I’m so glad that I ordered it—it will give me shade and protection on the hottest of days. I mount a solar panel to my 1103 Torqeedo motor and the bimini supports it with no problem. I’ve also tried it in ripping winds—this top holds up great. Highly recommend for an enhanced boating experience.

We wanted a tender for our hybrid boat that would run well with an electric outboard. True Kit found me on social media and impressed with innovation and responsive sales support. Our new navigator arrived a week after ordering and was easy to set up and inflate the first time. Looking forward to her taking us ashore.

Quality bit of kit. Excellent design. Works flawlessly.

I haven't had time to test it yet. But it's inflated at hanging there nicely in the davits of my sailboat :-) I'll send you som photoes later. Thanks for good service!

Optimizing the Performance of Your True Kit Inflatable Catamaran

Sailing fair isle - guest blog post, true kit vs. takacat: a comparative review of leading inflatable catamarans, true kit vs (any other inflatable catamaran).


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