Duh! A tender that’s also a sailboat
LEMMER _ DinghyGo is a plug-and-play inflatable sailboat so handy and simple you wonder why _ Duuuuh! _ no one ever thought of it before. The craft is a row, sail and motorboat for 4 people. When not in use, it is stored away in 2 small bags. One holds the boat. The other is for the sail and easy-to-assemble hardware such as mast, boom, rudder and centerboard, says Aquacrafts, its Dutch manufacturer.
The DinghyGo had its world launch at the 2013 AMSTERDAM Hiswa Boat Show. Michiel Troelstra of Acquacrafts says it is an inflatable based on the Optimist, the sailing dinghy that delights children everywhere. “The craft’s sailing qualities exceeded our expectations,” says Troelstra. “It is only 2.75 long. It offers space for 4 people. It has a sail of 4 sq. meters and a single main sheet. The centerboard guarantees a close course to the wind. The inflatable hull tubes _ made of Valmex, a common product in inflatables _ render peerless stability and safety.”
The bench, the centerboard and the mast holder can be removed turning the craft into a tender powered by an outboard. Troelstra says the DinghyGo performs best in up to 4 Beaufort. It can be equipped with an electric or conventional outboard (max 8HP). Although it is stored in 2 small bags, the DinghyGo can also be suspended from a yacht’s davits. Troelstra says the boat can be unpacked, inflated and rigged in “several minutes.”
The boat bag (112 x 65 x 40 cm) weighs 30 kilos. The sail kit) bag (125 x 45 x 18 cm) weighs 15 kilos. The DinghyGo retails for €2,499, incl. VAT. It comes with a 2-year warranty and can be ordered from the manufacturer’s website.