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Old 26-08-2022, 13:35   #1
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Inflatable paddle boards- how large to hold 2 people sitting/kayak style

With the prevalence of paddle boards & associated lower cost , and used market, I’m considering adding a “lightweight” (as possible) yet large inflatable paddle board as a 2nd dinghy.

The criteria would be that it can float 2 adults in a pinch and maybe a dog and or gear- say 350lbs , but normally solo.

Is such a thing out there? How many ft long or cubic inches of volume required for this task in real world calm harbor conditions? How much does this larger board weigh?

I’d be leaning towards more generic affordable options than custom high end types, but if there is a big weight savings I might splurge a little to get bare board weight down around or under 20-22lbs

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Old 26-08-2022, 15:49   #2
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Re: Inflatable paddle boards- how large to hold 2 people sitting/kayak style

Google is your friend..."large inflatable sup" revealed the Gili 12' / 15' MANTA RAY MULTI-PERSON INFLATABLE STAND UP PADDLE BOARD.

Not quite sure why one would consider a sup as a dinghy...but I guess it beats a coracle.
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Re: Inflatable paddle boards- how large to hold 2 people sitting/kayak style

That huge one seems like overkill. If you are sticking with Gill, this one looks better: https://www.gilisports.com/products/...p-paddle-board
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Old 29-08-2022, 13:30   #4
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Re: Inflatable paddle boards- how large to hold 2 people sitting/kayak style

I did say double duty as a “second dinghy” not a primary one. I’ve seen plenty of sailboats carrying paddle boards- inflatable or not, lately.

I enjoy stand up paddle boarding, as do a lot of people.

I don’t want google ranked ads & reviews, but personal experiences. but you’re right I could’ve narrowed down my criteria as to what “size” /displacement is realistic or required to float upto ~350lbs + to shore , further. I’m thinking very generally speaking this is around ~11-12ft depending on beam & displacement

I’ve been on various paddle boards and inflatable paddle boards, point being I don’t need or want a giant 2 person or “yoga type” or extra large cruising type board, but the minimum deflated size & weight that will still do the job with two people sitting on the board cross legged. If it’s sitting a little low in the water for “efficient” stand up paddle boarding with this load, that’s perfectly fine for my intended use.. as of course most of the time it’ll have only one person.

I guess I should’ve gone with the multihull forum where people understand my desire to save a few pounds at nearly any cost. I’d love to find a ~20lb bare board instead of a ~30-35lb bare board that would do this job, basically.

Clicking through specs can take significant time to find this info, and manufacturers don’t always represent the info accurately especially with all the cheaper and “rebranded”/etc options that have sprung up in the last 2-5 years.

I was hoping others had already gone down this path but I guess not so much..

Again, any further input greatly appreciated
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Old 29-08-2022, 14:25   #5
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Re: Inflatable paddle boards- how large to hold 2 people sitting/kayak style

As it happens, I just used my Atoll 11' board with two people for the first time yesterday. Inflatable, 21 lbs, has a nice kayak accessory kit (seat + extra paddle blade). I didn't bother with the seat this time, just used the double-bladed paddle.


We used it in lieu of the dinghy to land on shore 1/4 nm away in mirror-like water. Worked perfectly. Two people, some shoes and water probably totaled 325 pounds. The board was about half below the water's surface and half above, maybe a touch higher. We landed, chucked the board in the bushes, went for a great walk. It was a nice way to start the day without having to hear/smell the two-stroke and tie off a dinghy (in a 10' tidal range).


This would have been a wet ride in any sort of breeze but was perfect for the occasion. No affiliation with Atoll, just a happy customer.
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As it happens, I just used my Atoll 11' board with two people for the first time yesterday. Inflatable, 21 lbs, has a nice kayak accessory kit (seat + extra paddle blade). I didn't bother with the seat this time, just used the double-bladed paddle.
How do you find the kayak seat?
Useful or more of a gimmick / upsell?
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Re: Inflatable paddle boards- how large to hold 2 people sitting/kayak style

We bought a Tahe Sup-YAK 2 person model and we have really enjoyed it. It's 11'6". You can check out several videos about it on my YouTube channel. It's held up extremely well and it's very versatile with 2 seats and multiple ways to set it up. I added a trolling motor rig of my own making which makes longer journeys or working against a current easier. I would definitely add it to any cruising we do as a 2nd/backup dinghy.

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How do you find the kayak seat?
Useful or more of a gimmick / upsell?

Somewhere in the middle. The seat seems to work well enough, though I haven't used it much personally as I prefer standing. A shirt or towel as lumbar support goes a long way, but that may be unnecessary if I spent some time dialing in the straps that attach it and give it shape.

While imperfect, it can make the board more approachable for people who are less comfortable with the instability of a paddle board. Also gets occasional use on the odd river trip. For my purposes it's worth having.
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Re: Inflatable paddle boards- how large to hold 2 people sitting/kayak style

I watch real hardy folk paddle board out to Leslie’ Spit in Toronto’s outer harbour where a small boat often gets a taste of Lake Ontario power. It’s a wet hard ride in our Dinghy or even my over powered run about.
My Grandsons have a paddle board they shared cause the little guy is nervous around the water and his huge older broth is a great guy. That said the little guy has his own board now. His own balance and skill set Dog on a board is a natural. This started 20,000 years ago it’s just a new activity.
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