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DinghyGo Sailing Inflatables

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Product Description

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DinghyGo Sailing Inflatable Dinghies

DinghyGo make innovative inflatable dinghies that can be motored, rowed, AND SAILED. Unlike some previous sailing inflatables, the large, deep, and central daggerboard (keel) means they make good progress to windward, and they have all been designed to be quick and easy to assemble.

The latest (2021 model year) Orca models all have tough high-pressure dropstitch fabric floors with V-shaped underwater sections at the bow, for even better sailing performance than previous models. The tubes are built from German-made Valmex material., and the whole boat is put together by one of the largest inflatable boat manufacturers in the world.

When used without the rig, DinghyGo boats also work well as great quality inflatables for everyday use, with excellent stability, huge carrying capacity and the ability to plane under power, using motors up to 6hp. They have proven popular in both the yacht tender market, and as ultra-portable sailing craft for the motorhome and camping markets.

DinghyGo inflatables are available in three sizes:

– the Orca 280, at 2.8m (9ft 2″) long
– the Orca 325, at 3.25m (10ft 7″) long
– the Orca 375, at 3.75m (12ft 3″) long

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All sail surprisingly well for sailing inflatables but the sailing performance improves as you go up the size range. The Orca 280 is an updated version of the popular (earlier model) Nomad 275, a good all-rounder and often chosen by yacht crews seeking a practical tender (capable of carrying four adults in motoring mode) with an added element of fun. For 2021 this comes with a new 4.8m sail (reefable down to 3.9m), enhancing light airs performance. The Orca 325 steps things up a bit, with a taller rig, 5.6m sail, and a proportionately more slender hull. And lastly the Orca 375, with the same beam (width) but nearly another 2ft longer is more streamlined still, and the only model to feature a jib (front sail), total sail area 5.9m.

Nestaway Boats Ltd is the exclusive UK distributor for DinghyGo products.

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STORAGE AND TRANSPORT

The sailing rigs have sectional aluminium spars, such that the packed length is only 125cm (4ft 2″). The hull bag is shorter still, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find somewhere to store your DinghyGo, whether it’s on a yacht (in a locker, down a quarter berth); in a motor home (on a spare bunk, or in rear “garage” if available); or at home (shed, garage, perhaps even an under-stair cupboard!).As for transport, here you can see the two packed bags for a DinghyGo Nomad 275 (very similar to the current Orca 280), together with an outboard, in the back of a VW Golf hatchback. NB These were “real world” packed sizes, not vacuum-packed from the factory! The compression straps on the hull bag aid greatly with expelling the air from the hull.

This ability to fit in two compact bags makes them “the world’s most portable sailing craft“. The heaviest package (which is the 9ft hull) is only 26kg: most adults can lift that on their own, and it’s easy for two.

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How can we help?

Call 0800 999 2535 (free from UK landlines and most mobiles) or Email mail@nestawayboats.com or fill in our online contact form.

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MULTI-FUNCTIONAL

The DinghyGo is a high quality, well-built general-purpose inflatable dinghy that can be rowed, motored and sails remarkably well. Many UK customers will be reminded of the popular Tinker Tramp & Traveller range – DinghyGo is their spiritual successor. But the sailing rig is much quicker and easier to set up, as it doesn’t require any supporting wires. Design/materials move on: we actually think it’s a better general purpose dinghy/tender, too – and it’s significantly lighter (275/9ft compared with Tinker Tramp).

The centre thwart and mast support can be left out on days you don’t want or need the sailing rig, leaving more internal space. (The daggerboard case rolls down and seals, like a drybag.)

DinghyGo sailing dinghies are rated Category D, ie: Wind Conditions up to force 4 on the Beaufort scale (max 28kmph); and significant Wave Heights up to 0.3m with occasional waves of up to 0.5m (eg from passing vessels).

A self-bailer is fitted in the transom, to empty out any spray etc you may take on board while motoring at speed.

“Not since the renowned Tinker range of sailing inflatables disappeared some years ago has there been such a multi-functional dinghy available for use as a tender.” YACHTING MONTHLY, Sept 2015
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REVIEWS

Nobody claims they are racing dinghies, but they are good fun to sail. Sailing Today Magazine trialled the DinghyGo 2 (275) – a predecessor of the Nomad – in their October 2013 group test of portable boats;

“she made decent headway to windward – not always the case with sailing inflatables… a true all-rounder”.

 

The phenomenal stability is also very reassuring, especially when we were first testing one ourselves, in the winter months!

“Thanks to her V-shaped inflatable floor and daggerboard she pointed surprisingly well for a flubber – around 50deg off apparent wind – in the Force 4 conditions we tried her.” YACHTING MONTHLY (Sept 2015)
“Subsequent to the testing day I had two- and five-year-old nephews to keep occupied on a trip to the beach, and the DinghyGo proved an absolute hit with its sail, high sides and stability” SAILING TODAY, Oct 2013
“We are very pleased with our DinghyGo… build quality is good… easy to set up and dismantle… works well… I would definitely recommend it to other people.” PL, from their yacht in Porto, part-way through a year's Atlantic Circuit

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How can we help?

Call 0800 999 2535 (free from UK landlines and most mobiles) or Email mail@nestawayboats.com or fill in our online contact form.

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Additional Information

Product Category

Dinghies, RIBs

Power

Sail, Row, Motor

Storage

Inflatable


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