• #14 - Rigging Innovations

    Blow-Up on the Water

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    Courtesy of TIWAL

    The TIWAL 3.2, U.S. Boat of the Year in 2014 and winner of a Red Dot design award, is the first performance inflatable dinghy on the market. The compact kit fits in two bags which are easily stowed in a car trunk.

    Inflation and assembly take just 20 minutes, all without tools. Disassembly is equally rapid and simple. Total ready-to-go weight is about 50 kg. Measuring 3.2 meters long, the craft is suited to single handing, pairs sailing or outings with the kids. The boomless sails come in two versions—5.2 and seven square meters.

    The TIWAL can be launched from the beach or the deck of a larger vessel. The wide V-shaped PVC hull offers both stability and rapid acceleration. The boat is also easy to right after a capsize. The builder, based in France’s Brittany region, launched a U.S. crowd funding campaign earlier this year.

    Read more about sailing dinghies on NauticExpo website.

    About the Author

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. Michael is the copy editor of NauticExpo e-magazine.

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