Originally Posted by Harry Black
I have an Alberg 30
. Looking for a small 1-2 person inflatable
in case I have to abandon ship. Something I could inflate by blowing or hand pump or battery
pump. Something that is compact when not inflated. Have in mind something I could use to keep myself out of the water
. Any suggestions?
Hmmm... any budget
constraints? So is it right to assume you don't want a liferaft
, but a something that could also be a small dinghy
When I want to have my 14ft inflatable kayak
available in case of urgent need I deflate it halfway and fold it and strap it on the foredeck, but even that is still pretty bulky. It is certainly easy to release in case of emergency
. You could go with a shorter one and I bet it would fit well up on the foredeck, but it does rest over the hatch
. I like the kayak
option because is easier to stow on deck
and once in the water you can actually go somewhere if you want to! I am thinking of getting a small bottle (SCUBA tank), aka pony bottle, with hose and adapter to stow in it to finish off the inflation once in the water. It's pretty hard to use a pump once in the water, and blowing it up by mouth is not going to work
, and an electric pump
in an emergency
? Nah. I like that my kayak is built pretty strong too, that should be a priority. Mine folds up completely into a fairly small size considering its length and sometimes I let it rest in the cockpit
when I am going from one anchorage to another. Here's mine:
But in your case I am sure you'd probably want to go smaller.
So here's a shot of an Alberg
30 from Bluewaterboats.org that shows a hard dinghy
on the foredeck, but in my case the folded kayak fits pretty much the same with the flat end against the mast
and a ditch bag lashed inside.
Just one possibility.