It would not be my choice--but the tubes are wider at the stern, giving more flotation there. Only a small outboard
would do, an air-cooled Honda
I prefer these--if you want plastic you can stand up in them and stand on the gunwale as you climb aboard.
The one I have is safety
yellow. Filled with foam, (an option) they are accepted by SOLAS as a lifeboat hull
My Polycraft will take a heavy 15 HP outboard--my friend uses a ten horsepower on his but on mine I use a 3.5 Yamaha and it does me fine. It rows beautifully and easily and on mine I have a Bimini
because I like to fish
close to rocks and reefs
, and the sun is merciless here. Try THAT on an inflatable
There is a much lighter model now available, same hull
form, but which will only take a 6.5 horsepower engine
. Lighter to lift
and carry, less strain on davits
. I like the heavy one myself. I have gotten used to it. It is satisfyingly solid when I get into it, and because I use it as a trailer
when camping, is more suited to my lifestyle.
makes one similar--and I am not sure about America, but these are such a great little camping and fishing boat
when not being used as a tender
. Two adults can lift
the hull and carry it to the water
. Also cheaper and more long-lived than any tender
worth a damn. I got five years out of a Zodiac
, and it was only because of constant repairs
. I have bounced off rocks, sharp twigs, mangroves, even dragged it up shingle on occasions with not the slightest worry about punctures.
If the US does not have something similar I would be astonished. If they do not, someone should get a licence and make them there. I pack mine with tents, sleeping bags and gear
, put a cover over it, and have towed it on its trailer
into some really interesting places. It is a few years old now and looks as new as the day I bought it. It has not faded at all. The UV protection must be excellent.