Tiwal 3.2 Sailing Dinghy. This inflatable sailing dinghy from Tiwal Designs ($5,950 for the 56 sq ft sail) was named innovation of the year by Sailing World.
The Tiwal uses high strength PVC material inflated via a high-pressure pump ilke many of the inflatable SUP’s on the market. The literature say It is easy to assemble in 20 minutes and apparently sporty enough to surf and plane. See the video and also Sailing Worlds review below.
Dimensions; It’s 10½ long with a sail area of 56 or 75 square feet and can carry two adults (or one adult and two children). The craft collapses to fit inside two 59-by-16-by-14-inch bags (one for the body and one for the rigging). The bags weight 57 and 61 lbs. so are OK to move but are still heavy.
Assembly; 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, Tiwal say. The freestanding carbon mast splits into four.
Sailing World 2014 Boat of the Year:
Best Innovation, Tiwal 3.2
Using a high-pressure inflatable hull, this surprise entry from France is quick, easy to rig, and stored in two carry bags.
the craft collapses to fit inside two 59-by-16-by-14-inch bags (one for the body and another for the rigging).
TIWAL 3.2 Manufacturers description
TIWAL 3.2 is the very first high performance inflatable sailing dinghy for water sports; it is designed to make navigation fun and simple and for the thrill of speed and glide. It’s versatile design allows for both high performance solo use and leisure sailing in pairs. TIWAL 3.2 is 10.5′ long and has a 56 sq.ft or 75 sq.ft sail. It is light, 111lbs, compact and folds away in two bags. It can be assembled and taken down in 20 minutes.
– CE norms / Cat. D
– Lenght : 10.5′
– Total weight : 111 lbs
– Maximum load : 418 lbs
– 2 adults or 1 adult + 2 children
– Sail area : 56 sq.ft / 75 sq.ft
– Maximum load on the wings : 1 adult / 198 lbs
– Airtight compartments : 2
– 1 Bag for the hull : 59″ x 16″ x 14″ / 57 lbs
– 1 Bag for the sail and the structure : 59″ x 16″ x 14″ / 61 lbs
2 different mainsail sizes are available; 56 sq.ft or 75 sq.ft