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Old 13-03-2023, 23:34   #1
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Smallest Roll Up Dinghy

What is the smallest/lightest roll up dinghy that you have seen when in the rolled up state that could still take a small portable outboard? I have an air floor that gets to about 3x1x1 and 73lbs but curious if theres something more compact I can keep full time on my boat versus this one that I mostly keep inflated on the foredeck.
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Re: Smallest Roll Up Dinghy

Perhaps an Achilles LT-2...by weight. It does have floorboards.

We have an Achilles LSI-230, with inflatable floor, which is 55 pounds.
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The Seago-230 comes in at 26kg/31kg and can take upto 4hp... Air or slat floors. https://www.marinechandlery.com/seag...nghy-eco-range
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Perfect for the solo sailor at 19kg..
https://boatsmart.co.uk/products/fis...latable-dinghy
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Re: Smallest Roll Up Dinghy

I have had good luck with my Sea Eagle kayak so far and I know they make some small inflatable floor dinghies. You may want to check what they have at the Sea Eagle website. The inflatable floor in my boat is pretty rigid when fully inflated.
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I agree with Irene. The Achilles LT-2 roll up is a high quality, Hypalon dinghy that is only 73 long and rolls into a very compact package. I power mine with 2 HP, two stroke, Yamaha outboard which is also very light and compact but provides more than enough power. You cannot buy a new two stroke in the states, but you can import a used one or pick up a new one up in the Caribbean or the Pacific.
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Re: Smallest Roll Up Dinghy

West Marine roll-up with slatted floors, 52 pounds.

https://www.westmarine.com/west-mari...-17981143.html

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If a PVC boat will work for you, take a look at the Highfield AM200. 6'7"; 53 lbs; air floor.
https://defender.com/en_us/highfield...-grey-pvc-2023
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The Achilles LT-2 is perhaps the lightest inflatable dinghy on the market at 29 pounds for the rubber bits, plus 8 pounds for the wood floor and 12 pounds for the seat, oars, and motor bracket. So 49 pounds all together. Plus motor. It doesn't plane; you would want a 2-3 hp motor to go with it. They are functional but slow and of limited capacity. Nonetheless, the LT-2 would be my first choice for a "standby" dinghy carried deflated below decks, either as a spare or on voyages where it is anticipated that dockage is available and a dinghy will be rarely used. The Great Loop and a number of other inland journeys are often undertaken with no dinghy at all.


The air floor dinghy you have now is probably the best you can do size wise if you want speed. As you're discovering, the paradox of inflatable dinghies is that they are rarely deflated because it's time consuming and physically demanding.



There are an increasing number of good inflatable kayaks out there, many under 30 pounds, but they will not take a motor and you will get wet making them marginal for dinghy service. See for example https://www.rei.com/c/inflatable-kay...%3A20+to+29.99
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The Achilles LT-2 is perhaps the lightest inflatable dinghy on the market at 29 pounds for the rubber bits, plus 8 pounds for the wood floor and 12 pounds for the seat, oars, and motor bracket. So 49 pounds all together. Plus motor. It doesn't plane; you would want a 2-3 hp motor to go with it. They are functional but slow and of limited capacity. Nonetheless, the LT-2 would be my first choice for a "standby" dinghy carried deflated below decks, either as a spare or on voyages where it is anticipated that dockage is available and a dinghy will be rarely used. The Great Loop and a number of other inland journeys are often undertaken with no dinghy at all.


The air floor dinghy you have now is probably the best you can do size wise if you want speed. As you're discovering, the paradox of inflatable dinghies is that they are rarely deflated because it's time consuming and physically demanding.



There are an increasing number of good inflatable kayaks out there, many under 30 pounds, but they will not take a motor and you will get wet making them marginal for dinghy service. See for example https://www.rei.com/c/inflatable-kay...%3A20+to+29.99
Yea I have a cheap kayak from Amazon but always get wet with it. I have a 3.5hp Mercury so not used to planning as it is. I was looking at the Achilles before it was mentioned here so I will consider it more.
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