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Inflatable Dinghies - the good, the bad and the ugly?


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#61 Black Panther

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:05 AM

Old Avons could row well ( i have beaten a hard dinghy in a race). It's because of the rowlocks.
I believe it is still possible to buy just the rowlocks so it would be an interesting exercise to retrofit them on some other brands and see if there's a difference. Those rowlocks also allowed you to throw away the crap oars all inflatables come with and get a decent pair.
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#62 darkside

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:47 AM

Most inflatables, in particular RIBs bow steer badly. The cat style with pressure floors don't and actually track pretty well.
The limiting factor is then the rowlocks first and then the flimsy oars they give you.
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#63 Zozza

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:51 AM

Most inflatables, in particular RIBs bow steer badly. The cat style with pressure floors don't and actually track pretty well.
The limiting factor is then the rowlocks first and then the flimsy oars they give you.

 

Could you technically attach the railblaza rowlick attachment to a beefier wooden oar....or are they only good enough for the lightweight aluminium jobbies? And yes, I have a pair of the aluminium type oars, and geez they are very flimsy.


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 05:18 PM

I had a takacat. Wetter than my 2.8m rib. Did not last.
I think right now I'd buy a seafarer.
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Posted 25 November 2019 - 11:08 AM

Bought a NZ-made Aquapro about 5yrs ago. Was awful with manufacturing fault from factory - twisted tubes - which meant handles and rowlocks out of alignment relative to waterline. Made for strange handling. Give them due they took it back and ‘fixed it’ which involved unsticking stuff and repositioning it relative to waterline. I had asked for a new replacement (mine was 1 week old when I noticed the flaw) but they couldn’t because they said the whole batch they had in the factory at that time had the same issue.


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#66 Waa1066

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 11:09 AM

Lol - I can confirm that it’s still going strong !

Edited by Waa1066, 25 November 2019 - 11:10 AM.

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