I'll keep things updated once I demo and eventually buy something, but here's where my research
has gotten me..
I'd like to make this thing as much of a touring dinghy
as possible. My criteria is something with good tracking, speed and stability at the expense of some maneuverability. I also need more volume with the added dog / gear
, otherwise I'd be tempted get a really long, narrow touring board that just knives through the water
. On the other hand, a shorter board would be awesome for straight-up windsurfing and kicking around the harbor.
-need good stable paddler for trekking with the dog in ocean swells
-sailing speed in light to moderate winds
-good upwind performance (deep fins or daggerboard)
-stability and volume for carrying supplies in calm anchorages
-something fun for visiting crew to play around with (i.e. stable)
Here's a lineup of the starboard line which gives a good idea of the range of baord shapes: 2015 WindSUP Inflatable
Right now I'm leaning towards either the Starboard 12' x 33" Starboard SUP | Inflatable
or the Naish 12' x 34" Crossover Air 12â€™0â€™â€™
The most informative forum thread I've found on the subject: The Best Inflatable Windsup - Stand Up Paddle / SUP Review - Seabreeze Forums!
The thought has also crossed my mind that it would be possible to lash some kind of outrigger to it to make it a really stable little vessel. Might be getting a bit ahead of myself tho