The Newport Dana Inflatable Boat – Affordable, Reliable
The 8' 10" Newport Dana inflatable boat sports a high-pressure inflatable keel, large 18" tubes, and a heavy duty hard floor – a combination that makes it a dream tender at an attractive price.
A Look at the Dinghy
The Newport Dana inflatable dinghy comes with one removable marine coated seat, two aluminum oars, oar locks, oar holders, one-way drain plug, towing D-rings, carry handles, an aluminum interior motor pad, storage bag, foot pump, and repair kit.
Basic specifications of the boat:
- Exterior Size: 8'10" x 4' 5"
- Tube Diameter: 18"
- Max Capacity: 3 persons (1,067 lbs)
- Hull weight: 101 lbs
- Chambers: 3
- Material: 1100 Denier PVC
- Inflatable keel for V-Hull
- Floor: Marine coated Aluminum Framed Plywood
- Motor rating: 10 hp, 15" short shaft motor
- USCG rated and registered. Unique and original Hull ID/HIN numbers
- Warranty: 2 years
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The Newport Dana inflatable boat works best when paired with a 15" short shaft outboard motor up to 10 horsepower, either a 2 or 4-stroke motor, but it can handle up to a 20" long shaft. The hard floor is 24mm-thick marine coated plywood with an aluminum frame which makes for a better ride and a more stable platform when moving around or hauling supplies. In addition, the large 18" tubes provide for a drier ride and great buoyancy, while the high-pressure inflatable keel provides great agility and maneuverability.
The USCG rated triple layered 0.9mm/1100 denier reinforced PVC hull material is tough enough to survive rough handling around wood docks with little fear of puncturing an air chamber, and comfortable enough for trips back and forth to your larger boat at anchorage. The material also protects against corrosion, sun, salt air, motor oil, and all destructive elements. This yacht tender is designed for both freshwater and salt water use.
Works Well as a Tender
If you have decided against an air floor boat, then this aluminum framed wood floor provides a rigid flooring system for you and your passengers. An air floor boat would be easier to set up, but the Dana provides better on-water performance and steering overall. While the floor can be a challenge to install by yourself (two people are recommended for the task), it can be done, if you don’t mind the extra 20 minutes of set-up time. If you are in the market for an affordable, reliable, and smart-looking tender, the Newport Dana inflatable boat is a good choice. Reviews on all Newport products have been outstanding, and the price at just $749 makes this model an exceptional value.
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