Thought I’d start a thread on our new super cheap Aqua Marina U-Deluxe 2.98 tunnel hull sib ordered on a whim during another discussion on cat style inflatables. Ordered at the weekend, from their fleaBay outlet, boat landed yesterday.
Even though a tad busy at the mo replacing water main, new drainage runs and installing channel drains prior to relaying new drive, but hey ho went ‘awol’ for an hour or so to unpack/inflate....gotta get one’s priorities in order.
Following time honoured tradition, first inflate to be indoors, and in this case a spare bedroom.
First impressions looking good. Seems to be all as described on the tin, a no frills super light cat style tunnel hull and decent looking to boot. Obviously built to a price point it’s pretty basic with average quality finish and by no means overbuilt but we tend not to abuse our kit so this shouldn’t be an issue.
Good points, thermo welded main toob seams, cat style tunnel hull, overall looks, extremely light and flat hp air deck floor, Cat C rated and 15hp max.
Not so good, although by no means bad at all, lacking any tie down points or bow side towing d-rings, average dia. 41cm toobs, slim section rubbing strake and no under tube protection or fins, 15” deep transom (too deep, its a cat), single seat too far astern and two pre-drilled but unsealed towing? holes in transom.
No idea as yet how it will perform on the water, initially with our spare 3.5hp motor, and if a keeper will source a 26kg ‘holy grail’ Tohatsu 9.8 which should make it fly. Despite the rating reckon a 15hp four stroke would be too heavy and overkill.
For under £600 delivered, hoping this super light (28kg) Chinese pvc and air mini cat will be just the ticket to replace our trusty little Bic Sportyak...only time will tell...and no big deal if it doesn’t. Hopefully get it wet late April after lockdown and follow up with an on water review.
PS: Inflated to just over half working pressure in pics so might spot the odd wrinkle!