There is a totally plastic boat that resembles an inflatable
made in Fort Myers
, FL called a Jolly Boat. Unfortunately they do not have any listed website.
- - These type boats are very heavy compared to real inflatables or RIB's. Normally they would be too heavy for medium size sailing boats to hang from davits
or to lift
on board. That is why inflatables are the "thing" for cruising sail/power boats - Weight and the ability to "shrink" their size when stored aboard.
- - For "static" cruisers who never really go anywhere the conventional dinghy
is more efficient and economical than an inflatable. A good compromise is the Walker Bay which can be outfitted with an inflatable tube around its gunnels and even can be fitted with a small dinghy sail to make a sailing dinghy. Also there is Port-a-boat, the collapable fold up dinghy which really small cruising sailboats use.