Ventus 12 VL



The Ventus 12 VL is a lightweight fibreglass tender from AB Inflatables, designed for those seeking a blend of performance and capacity. It features a solid rub rail and a “V” hull design, emphasising more internal area and payload capacity.

Brand Background

AB Inflatables is renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and innovation in the inflatable boat industry. With a history of notable achievements, the brand has established a reputation for manufacturing durable and high-performing boats.

Specifications and Features

Specifications and Features

  • Specifications: The boat is 12′ long with a beam of 5′ 10″, an inside length of 8′ 9″, and an inside beam of 2′ 9″. It features an 18″ tube diameter, accommodates up to 6 persons, weighs 156 lbs, and can handle engines up to 30hp.
  • Unique Features: Key features include ORCA (CSM) coated fabric for durability, Sunbrella fabric options for dinghy chap and boat cover, custom colour availability, and an internal aluminium plate with a security lip for enhanced safety.

Design and Construction

The Ventus 12 VL boasts a hand-laid fibreglass deep “V” hull and a laminated stringer system within the hull, ensuring stability and durability. Its non-skid rubber floor panels and raised single rub rail contribute to its safety and performance.

Performance and Handling

Engineered for stability, manoeuvrability, and speed, the Ventus 12 VL is suited for various water conditions, providing a comfortable and safe experience for passengers. Its lightweight construction facilitates ease of handling and storage.

Setup and Maintenance

The boat features push-push plastic non-corrosive 2-stage inflation valves and additional air retaining chambers under the floor, making inflation, assembly, and maintenance straightforward and efficient.

Accessories and Customization

  • Included Accessories: Comes with paddles with an aluminium shaft, a hand pump, maintenance kit, removable rowing seat, and owner’s manual.
  • Optional Equipment: Offers customization options such as tube chaps, boat cover, chock set, and fold-down stainless steel cleats to enhance functionality and convenience.

User Experience and Reviews

While specific user reviews are not provided, the Ventus 12 VL’s design and features suggest it is highly regarded for its practical design, ease of use, and reliable performance.

Price and Value

Pricing details are not directly available. Interested customers should contact AB Inflatables or authorised dealers for current pricing. The boat’s construction quality and features indicate it offers good value for the investment.

Pros and Cons

  • Lightweight and durable construction, enhanced payload capacity, easy handling and maintenance, and extensive customization options.
  • Lack of direct pricing information and the potential need for additional purchases to fully customise the boat.

Conclusion and Recommendations

The Ventus 12 VL is an excellent choice for individuals seeking a high-quality, versatile tender that balances performance with convenience. It is ideal for a range of activities, from day trips to serving as a reliable tender for larger vessels.


What is the maximum horsepower for the Ventus 12 VL?

The maximum horsepower is 30hp.

How many people can the Ventus 12 VL accommodate?

It can accommodate up to 6 persons.

What type of hull does the Ventus 12 VL have?

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

Can I customise my Ventus 12 VL?

Yes, there are extensive optional accessories available for customization.

What are the dimensions of the Ventus 12 VL?

The boat is 12′ long and 5′ 10″ wide.

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