and Achilles both make an 8' Hypalon dink Avon Redstart Dinghy Inflatable
. They are well made, row reasonably well and stable. You can add a motor
mount and 2hp motor
if you can't handle rowing. The Achilles deflates into a duffle sized package that can be stored on deck
, assume the same for a Redstart, if all your other pukas are full. Only problem is price
, new, as they are at least a boat unit. The Avons and probably the Achilles inflate in two sections, front and back. Makes them easy to store half inflated on the cabin
top behind the mast
. Makes a great place to lounge in benign conditions and quick deployment when you need it.
We rowed the bigger brother Avon
Redcrest 9' around SoPac. Found it to be a great dink if you don't mind going slow and/or rowing. They 8' has a three person capacity though I don't where you'd fit that third body without dismembering it. The Bigger Redcrests regularly come up on the SF craigs list for around $300-$500. The smaller Redstarts almost never show up as most people probably opted for the slightly larger Redcrest.