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Inflatable Canoe/Kayak

From time to time threads appear from members interested in canoeing - either taking part or purchasing - often inflatable, due to convenience of transportation and storage.

A heads up to anyone who's ever considered buying one.

As of Mon.30/4/12 Aldi has one of their limited period offers for an inflatable canoe:

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http://www.aldi-suisse.ch/ch/html/of...3-01&WT.sp=DEU

Judging from the photo (albeit difficult), the quality seems a little better (type and thickness of rubber) to cheaper and similarly priced recreational ones I've seen around - 200 chufs seems a good deal for what is included.

However, I would suggest that this is only intended for recreation and not sport, and best suited to calm water (lakes) and not fast water (rivers), although I have used one in the Pacific surf in SoCal - which was fun.

Also, be aware that inflatables sit on the water, whereas rigids sit in the water, which means that inflatables require a little more effort to paddle and keep straight and are more susceptible to light winds.

All that's needed, in addition, is a 2-way pump and lifejacket(s).

Happy paddling.
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TiMow, thanks for posting this.

have been looking for something like this last summer.

do you think the canoe is strong enough to survive dog's claws?
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TiMow, thanks for posting this.

have been looking for something like this last summer.

do you think the canoe is strong enough to survive dog's claws?
Hard to say - it's probably a case and buying and trying.

Also depends on the size of the dog and his claws and their sharpness.

I personally wouldn't want a dog in an inflatable (although I'm sure I've seen others doing it). Apart from ripping prey apart, don't dogs also rely on their claws if they're slipping?

As mentioned the build "appears" to use a thicker, stronger rubber than more play-type ones .... and there are 3 separate compartments, so you wont sink if one is punctured.

What you could do is buy the cheapest of cheapest lilo (air mattress), blow it up in the house and keep putting your dog on it to see what happens.
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What you could do is buy the cheapest of cheapest lilo (air mattress), blow it up in the house and keep putting your dog on it to see what happens.
I'm not interested in taking a dog in a canoe but I might do this experiment anyway for science.
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