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Old 22 January 2021, 10:16   #1
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Packraft?

Anyone had a look at packrafts? Interesting idea, a small inflatable kayak type craft which is light and is small enough to pack into or onto a rucksack. They can weigh just a couple of kg, and can inflate without a pump. Seems they donít have as good tracking as the heavier types, though some have a plastic skeg or inflatable keel.

I was thinking it might be useful as an onboard tender to use when anchoring off a beach, dropping the anchor in a sheltered part but where the boat is far enough from shore to not have any risk of either beaching or at low tide, the boat moving towards rocks etc. Idea would be to drop off the family go back out, anchor then paddle ashore - these things are small enough to fit inside a jockey seat!

I currently have a Sevylor K2 which we use to paddle ashore, big enough for us both to go ashore but a bit cumbersome and usually is kept on the floor front of the console. Also have to leave it on the beach while exploring elsewhere which isnít the most secure.

Couple I quite liked the look of are below. Just wondered if anyone else had considered them and thoughts on them either way - are they good as useable items slung in a rucksack while exploring where ever you have gone on the rib for a day trip ...



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Also have a look at the Itiwit ones thay are also very good. Look on decathlon for the best prices
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Old 23 January 2021, 07:51   #3
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A friend has one he's used for walking in the highlands. Its one person only, not especially dry and felt thin to me. I guess it would work as a tender - but I think it cost him about a grand. Inflating and packing takes a bit of time - not sure I could be bothered doing it twice if I was going ashore and wanted to take it with me rather than leave it.
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They are very capable and much tougher than you might think given how thin the fabric is compared to a conventional inflatable.

Most people use a bag to inflate them and itís pretty quick and easy.

https://iron-raft.co.uk/faq/inflation-bags/

A grand is still a lot of money for a very small inflatable though. And be very wary off any off shore wind if youíre using one on the coast.
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Have a look at this. This is the 2 man there is also a 1 man and a 3 man. Much cheaper and very good indeed

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/inflat...s/_/R-p-163732
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That has very little in common with a Packraft and is quite similar to what the OP already uses.
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