We review 10 inflatable dinghies on the market to see which one would make the ultimate tender

 

Wetline 260ADWetline 260AD | The ultimate tender test | Motor Boats Monthly |

Design

Wetline is a newish name in the inflatable market and its products obviously come from the same factories as most of the other makes, but the pricing is very keen.

The 260 Air Deck has three tube compartments, plus an inflatable vee bottom. The oars are fixed in the row locks with easy-fit securing clips aft.

Grab ropes run along the sides, with two more grab handles. Two holes in the transom and D-rings forward provide davit lifting points. Substantial gunwale rubbing strips protect the tubes.

Ride

The rowing position felt high, because of the inflated vee bottom, and the two-piece oars gave problems trying to get their locking bolts to stay in place, but otherwise it rowed well.

Under power it achieved 5mph with the 2.5hp outboard, and 14mph with the 5hp and one on board, with easy planing, no porpoising and good cornering.

Vital stats

At 38kg it matched other vee-bottomed tenders on weight, although the packed size was on the large side.

Price

At £600 it is a clear £200 below the competition, making it a very good buy.

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Rating 4/5

  1. 1. Sunsport AIB265
  2. 2. Honwave T27
  3. 3. Bombard AX3
  4. 4. Excel SD260
  5. 5. Zodiac 260AD
  6. 6. Avon 260AD
  7. 7. Zodiac 260RU
  8. 8. Lodestar NSA260
  9. 9. Zodiac Zoom 260
  10. 10. Wetline 260AD
  11. 11. Conclusion
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