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Design

The Excel has three tube compartments, plus an inflated floor and keel. It has a single-action manual pump with an integral gauge but you cannot get a pressure of more that 0.2 bar, even though the instructions tell you the keel has to be inflated to 0.4 bar and the floor 0.7 bar.

The boat has an all-round rope, plus grab handles aft, but these are inside the tubes. Stainless steel rings in the transom and D-rings forward provide davit points. There is an anti-chafe pad in the floor where the tank stows.

Ride

The boat rowed well, with oars in fixed row locks and good securing clips. Under power it gave 6mph with the 2.5hp engine, and 14mph one up with the 5hp, with no porpoising.

Vital stats

The weight was average at 35kg, but rolled up it is on the large side for stowing.

Price

At £589 it is the lowest price for its class and it has a five-year warranty.

Contact www.excel-inflatables.co.uk 0121 323 2333

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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