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Old 18 September 2013, 07:26   #21
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On the way in to the show is the dinghy park, or arena, which usually has little to interest us unless we harbour closet sailing tendencies. This year was no exception really, except there were no less than three different designs of inflatable sailing boats.

And Portabote with a lifejacket on...

It isn't going to win any style awards but if it's your sort of thing then the fact that it's about half the weight of a comparable RIB might be handy. The tubes are made from something called Lexatron which is claimed to be much tougher than Hypalon or PVC.
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Old 18 September 2013, 07:31   #22
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Rather easier on the eye are these French-made folding boats. Produced by Nautiraid, better known for their canoes and kayaks, the Coracle range have steamed ash frames and a hypalon skin with inflatable side chambers for additional bouyancy. They can be rowed, motored, or even sailed. I don't know what I'd use it for, but I'd like one!
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DinghyGo is a true sailing inflatable, with a deep floor that supports a dagger board and a simple Optimist-style rig.
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Old 18 September 2013, 07:43   #24
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Finally we have the TIWAL 3.2 sailing dinghy which uses a drop stitch construction (similar to a high pressure air deck on a SIB or inflatable SUP) to form a lightweight planing hull. The sailing rig is simple to set up and I reckon that with a bit of practice and a decent pump the manufacturers estimate of 20 minutes assembly time should be about right.

This is one of those boats that just looks right, and should be a lot of fun. You can't row it or use a moter, and you're going to get very wet, so it's not an all rounder. At around 5k I think it's likely to only ever be a niche product, but would be great to have as another toy.
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My favourite quote of the day came from someone looking at the 600hp Technohull RIB. "But what would you do with it?" was the question. Presumably the answer would be "Go very fast and smile a lot!"
I can confirm that answer, Giddyup kindly allowed me to join him onboard for the McMillan IOW cruise. We were going very fast and I'm fairly certain I smiled the whole way round. I believe we got to 65 knots before slowing down to wait for the others.

Thanks for the great photos. I might pop over before it finishes it, looks worth it.
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made from something called Lexatron which is claimed to be much tougher than Hypalon or PVC.
Lexatron is a brand of Polyurethane more commonly found on White Water Rafts.

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DinghyGo is a true sailing inflatable, with a deep floor that supports a dagger board and a simple Optimist-style rig.
Tut tut, your oppie knowledge has shown a weakness. Oppies have a Sprit sail with a centre-sheeted partially battened main. This appears to be an aft main, fully battened sail with no sprit. Oh - you meant stupid looking - fair enough!

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Finally we have the TIWAL 3.2 sailing dinghy ... ... At around 5k I think it's likely to only ever be a niche product, but would be great to have as another toy.
An expensive compromise toy? You'd need quite specific criteria to end up with that as your ideal dinghy...
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The Avon 330 is a real eye-opener,how times have changed........................
Great selection as ever,thanks.
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Lexatron is a brand of Polyurethane more commonly found on White Water Rafts.
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Ah, you could be wrong there Poly. I think you'll find that the 'Lexatron of Love' was a top selling album by the 80's band ABC :-)
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Lexatron is a brand of Polyurethane more commonly found on White Water Rafts.
Indeed. It's also everything-proof apparently!

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Thank you. I'll definitely take that as a compliment

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Yep. Criteria like having enough money to say "I like that and I think I'll have one to go with all my other dinghies"
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