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Inflatable Sailing Dinghy?

We are interested in getting an inflatable sailing dinghy to have aboard our FP 44 and would like to know if anyone has any experience with any of the various ones out there. We are looking at the Tiwal right now....

Are you associated with the Tiwal? It is not a cruising dinghy but just a little inflatable to be used like a sunfish, or other small sailing dink. NO load capacity. It's also made of PVC (won't last) instead of Hapalon like other quality inflatables. For the price, it shouldn't be PVC IMO. But -- not really a cruisers boat, more like an expensive (and fun looking) toy for someone who can drive to the beach and launch it from there (where they had it in the trunk of the car). It weighs 120lb (2 60lb valise) which is about 2x what you'd expect.

We don't know of any new good ones for cruisers that on the market right now. Henshaw no longer makes the Tinker Traveller and Tinker Tramp. Those are both sailing dinks that you can sometimes find used -- they're made in the UK so that's where you'll find them typically. We have a Traveller and really like it. Both Traveller and Tramp have decent loading capacity and good sailing as well as rowing.
I've had really good luck with amazon of all places. ALWAYS read the reviews though (I've had one or two bad experiences). I've saved some real money by buying off of amazon and they have pretty much every brand so it's easy to search for exactly what you want
If it's your first one I highly recommend this one from Mercury Inflatables ... om/dinghy/ I had one years ago and it was great. I've updated to one of their other's now but that ones great if its your first dinghy. If you don't like that one check out their other ones
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