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



Zodiac 260RUZodiac 260RU | The ultimate tender test | Motor Boats Monthly |


This has a slatted floor and only two hull compartments, which gives you little reserve if you get a puncture. But on the plus side it only takes five minutes to inflate.

The slats are close together, held by webbing straps, which form a reasonably firm floor, but it isn’t as solid as Zodiac’s Air Deck.

Otherwise, its features are the same. Good adjustable oars allowing you to feather them when rowing.


With a 4hp maximum rating, we only tested the dinghy with our 2.5hp. It would plane with one crewmember, but not two.

Vital stats

A good weight of 32kg, and small packed dimensions.


At £825 it is priced in the middle of the pack but it has five-year tube and two-year seal warranties.

Contact www.zodiacmarine.co.uk

Rating 2/5

  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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