Tiwal Inflatable Sailing Dinghy
Sailboats, even small ones, are seldom used as water toys or tenders because their awkward shapes are tough to stow, even on the largest of charter yachts. Tiwal Designs is changing that with its inflatable sailing dinghy, the Tiwal 3.2 ($5,950).
Named innovation of the year by our sister publication Sailing World, this state-of-the-art sailing dinghy measures 10½ feet high with a sail area of 75 square feet and is capable of carrying two adults (or one adult and two children) on a wind-powered adventure.
When you’ve had enough fun, the craft collapses to fit inside two 59-by-16-by-14-inch bags (one for the body and another for the rigging).
Once you get the hang of assembly and disassembly, it will take you about 15 minutes to set up and another 15 minutes to stow, the folks at Tiwal say.
Tiwal, 800-407-1740; tiwal.com
This article first appeared in the March 2014 Edition of Yachting Magazine.
Check out the video below to see the Tiwal in action.