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Old 09 August 2017, 19:23   #1
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Compact inflatable that will fit in a pickup truck?

I'm shopping for an inflatable compact enough to be disassembled and transported in the bed of a full sized pickup truck (8'X4'X2'), beneath the tonneau cover. It would need to be seaworthy enough to ply the inner waterways and estuarine areas of North America. No single component should weigh more than about 60lbs.

Once assembled, it must be capable of being rolled or dragged (by two people) across 100 yds or less of beach for launch.

Your insights and recommendations would be sincerely appreciated.
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Old 10 August 2017, 00:17   #2
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I easily fit my 3.1 Zodiac and 9.9 hp into the back of a medium sized hatchback, along with enough kit for two adults to go away for a week's camping. I used to pack my old 3.4 (approx size) in the back of a smaller car. We've had it planing on the sea with 2 adults on board, and it will take 4 adults on the river.

With decent launch wheels, anything in this size range will be easily transportable for you in your pickup and will be easy to get across the beach.

Any engine much bigger than 9.9 to 15 hp would be a bit of a struggle solo but a 25 would be feasible for 2.

If you're going out on open water/the sea then as a general rule, bigger is always better while the boat is in use. It's always a compromise between big enough in use and small enough when not in use. Go for nice fat tubes for a dry safe ride.
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Old 10 August 2017, 01:12   #3
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I'm shopping for an inflatable compact enough to be disassembled and transported in the bed of a full sized pickup truck (8'X4'X2'), beneath the tonneau cover. It would need to be seaworthy enough to ply the inner waterways and estuarine areas of North America. No single component should weigh more than about 60lbs.

Once assembled, it must be capable of being rolled or dragged (by two people) across 100 yds or less of beach for launch.

Your insights and recommendations would be sincerely appreciated.
Cadet Fastroller 325 or 360
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Old 10 August 2017, 01:58   #4
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mercury HD range and fit transom wheels 4.2 m boat about 120 kg easy for two with wheels or a launching trolly
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Finding a SIB to meet that spec shouldn't be too hard (and perhaps consider a Folding rib?) but if the weight limit applies to engine too you will be restricting the size of boat it can push (esp. two up).
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Old 11 August 2017, 08:04   #6
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Thanks to all for your insights. Based on your comments, I shall revise my weight restriction to 120lbs per item, as I should always have some assistance.

I've done some more research and find the aluminum hulled ribs appealing. Which would be better for fishing/more seaworthy, a smaller rib, or a larger non-rib?
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Thanks to all for your insights. Based on your comments, I shall revise my weight restriction to 120lbs per item, as I should always have some assistance.

I've done some more research and find the aluminum hulled ribs appealing. Which would be better for fishing/more seaworthy, a smaller rib, or a larger non-rib?
SIBs are a lot more portable, until you get over 13 ft.

RIBs suck for when it comes to portability. You're better off getting a trailer.
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Crude general rule: a RIB is nearly always better on the water; a SIB is often easier for transport and storage. Once you need a launch trailer, the SIB loses its advantages.
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Bombard Aerotec, a 380 fits in the back of my Saab 93 estate so a pickup would swallow the 420 no problem i
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Bombard Aerotec, a 380 fits in the back of my Saab 93 estate so a pickup would swallow the 420 no problem i
Aerotecs are not imported in to US / Canada.
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