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Does anyone have one? Been wondering about putting one up in the overcab in case we get a summer this year, but I have no knowledge of these things and wouldn't want to buy an inflatable turkey by mistake.

It would need to carry 2 adults (in case I meet the girl of my dreams), or be adjustable for one man and his wee dog.

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Does anyone have one? Been wondering about putting one up in the overcab in case we get a summer this year, but I have no knowledge of these things and wouldn't want to buy an inflatable turkey by mistake.

It would need to carry 2 adults (in case I meet the girl of my dreams), or be adjustable for one man and his wee dog.

Thought I'd ask you lot, as you seem to have tried most things in life!

Tuggy, before I trucked, I spent over 20 years selling pleasure boats and chandlery.
The best advice I can give, is buy a quality make.
Remember the old Avon, Zodiac and C Craft. Then remember the cheaper Campari
I have seen a few people with the blow up and some do seem pretty good reasonable ridged so that they don't catch too much wind.

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We have a Sevylor Coloroda and have been most impressed with it. It's reasonably easy to inflate if you use a decent pump and it handles pretty well in the water. You won't get quite the same performance as from a more streamlined rigid one (which we also have) but that's not what it's intended for. It folds up into a reasonably manageable size and fits into a carrying bag. The only thing to think about is drying it before putting it away. We've had to put it in the shower when travelling rather than fold it up wet and then dry it out subsequently.
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Does anyone have one? Been wondering about putting one up in the overcab in case we get a summer this year, but I have no knowledge of these things and wouldn't want to buy an inflatable turkey by mistake.

It would need to carry 2 adults (in case I meet the girl of my dreams), or be adjustable for one man and his wee dog.

Thought I'd ask you lot, as you seem to have tried most things in life!
Wouldnt you be better off with just a mattress in the overcab? If you do meet the girl of your dreams she might think you're a bit wierd if you invite her up for "coffee in my kayak". Talking of which puts me in mind of that old joke:- "What is the similarity between a pint of Whitbreads and making love in a canoe? They are both f***ing close to water Hey ho, off to take me tablets..................
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I'd suggest a Gumotex. They are made with a single tough skin like the dinghies Grath mentions but are more expensive than the budget makes. You will see from my signature that I run a kayak shop but I no longer sell inflatables so I have nothing to gain from this advice.

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Thanks, Kev, not heard of that brand before.

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Mr T has a yearning to buy a canoe (canadian?) but not the inflatable type, he says he will carry it on the roof of the van, I hope he doesnt expect me to help him get it up there!

I've been keeping an eye out on ebay but even the old second hand ones with holes in are expensive!

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Thanks, Kev, not heard of that brand before.
The only UK importers are in Paignton so probably not too far from you.

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Ive been wanting one of these for a while as well but have no idea what to buy. Peribro, the Sevylor Coloroda you have, are the back rests pretty firm and is there plenty of leg room? With my Arthritic knees I think I would occasionally need to stretch them out and it looks a bit small to me.

The other thing that concerns me is that I am 16 and half stone and Mrs D is just 8 stone. Will we be sinking at one end? I also suspect Ill spend a lot of time out in it on my own so can you adjust the seats to be central?

If Tuggers gets one I want a better one.

I think you need a Skeg! Or is it a keg? (of Leffe)

EDIT: It needs the go on the back of the scooter as well, including oars and pump. Possible?


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It just goes to prove that you cannot have your kayak and heat it.

Anyone tell me where that one comes from? No prizes but it still tickles me.
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