Navigo 8 VS

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Introduction

The Navigo 8 VS from AB Inflatables is a compact and versatile inflatable dinghy known for its robust “V” hull design and practical features. It’s designed for boaters seeking a reliable tender with superior handling and durability.

Brand Background

AB Inflatables has a prestigious history of crafting high-quality inflatable boats. Known for their innovation and commitment to quality, they have established a solid reputation in the inflatable boat industry with notable achievements in design and manufacturing.

Specifications and Features

Specifications and Features

  • Specifications: The Navigo 8 VS is 8′ 6” long with a beam of 5’4″, offering a comfortable inside length of 5′ 10″ and inside beam of 2′ 4″. It weighs 125 lbs, can carry up to 4 persons, and is suitable for engines up to 10hp.
  • Unique Features: This model features a single solid rub rail, aluminium removable rowing seat, more payload capacity, and diamond shape non-skid deck. It utilises ORCA (CSM) coated fabric for enhanced durability and resistance.

Design and Construction

The design of the Navigo 8 VS prioritises functionality and durability, incorporating a hand-laid fibreglass deep “V” hull and a stringer system laminated into the hull. The quality of materials used ensures longevity and safety on the water.

Performance and Handling

Its “V” hull design ensures excellent stability, manoeuvrability, and speed, making it suitable for a variety of water conditions. The boat’s construction allows for a comfortable load capacity, ensuring passenger comfort during use.

Setup and Maintenance

This model is engineered for ease of use, from inflation to assembly, and requires minimal maintenance, thanks to its durable construction and quality materials. It includes features such as push-push plastic non-corrosive 2-stage inflation valves for straightforward setup.

Accessories and Customization

  • Included Accessories: Comes with telescopic oars, a hand pump, maintenance kit, owner’s manual, and more. It also features a bow locker/seat and an additional air retaining chamber under the floor for increased buoyancy and safety.
  • Optional Equipment: Offers customization options including a bow hatch cushion, tube chaps, boat cover, and fold-down stainless steel cleats, allowing for personalization to suit individual needs and preferences.

User Experience and Reviews

While specific user reviews are not provided, the Navigo 8 VS’s design and specifications suggest that it would be well-received for its convenience, reliability, and performance.

Price and Value

Pricing information is not directly available. Interested buyers are encouraged to contact AB Inflatables or authorised dealers for current pricing. Given its features and quality, the Navigo 8 VS is expected to offer good value for the investment.

Pros and Cons

Positive
  • Limited capacity for larger groups and lack of direct pricing information.
  • Lack of direct pricing information and specific performance data may require potential buyers to seek out further details.

Conclusion and Recommendations

The Navigo 8 VS is an excellent choice for boaters seeking a high-quality, durable inflatable dinghy that offers great performance and convenience. It is ideal for a wide range of uses, from serving as a tender to recreational outings.

FAQs

What is the maximum horsepower for the Navigo 8 VS?

The maximum horsepower is 10hp.

How many people can the Navigo 8 VS accommodate?

It can accommodate up to 4 persons.

What type of hull does the Navigo 8 VS have?

It features a hand-laid fibreglass deep “V” hull.

Can I customise my Navigo 8 VS?

Yes, there are several optional accessories available for customization.

What are the dimensions of the Navigo 8 VS?

The boat is 8′ 6″ long and 5’4″ wide.

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