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Solstice 4-Person Dinghy

$399.99

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Model # 10156412 | Mfg # 20301

Product Description

A cut above less durable, low-priced vinyl dinghies, and an inexpensive alternative to higher-priced inflatable boats, this dinghy features tough, 3-ply, PVC coated fabric, molded rope eyes with grab line, heavy-duty, all-around rub strake, integral “I”-beam floor and inflated keel. Package incudes motor mount (for small trolling motor or up to 2.5hp outboard) seat, foot pump, oars, and carry bag.

  • 9'6" Length
  • 4'6" Boat Beam
  • 32lb. Weight
  • 700lb./4 persons Capacity
  • Application: Short range tender for primary craft, short range excursions, camping
  • Fabric: 3-ply, 500 Denier, PVC coated fabric
  • Tube Diameter: 14.9"
  • Chambers: 4 (2 x tubes + floor + keel)
  • Bottom Shape: V-shape
  • Floor: Inflated “I” beam
  • Seam Construction: Welded seams
  • Included Equipment: Motor mount, carry bag, seat, foot pump, oars
  • Warranty: One year

Specs

Solstice 4-Person Dinghy

Capacity 700 Pounds
Length 9'6"
Material 3-Ply
500 Denier
PVC Coated Fabric
Diameter 14.9"
Chambers 4 Chambers
Horsepower 2.5hp
Performance Fair
Portability Excellent
Shape V-Shape
Warranty Details One Year
Weight 32 Pounds
Width 54"

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Solstice 4-Person Dinghy
 
4.0

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stores compactly (12)
  • Easy to assemble (11)
  • Stable/seaworthy (11)
  • Durable (10)
  • Performs well (9)

Cons

  • Not holding up (4)

Best Uses

  • Tender for cruising boat (13)
  • Exploring new areas (7)
  • Family use (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Weekend cruiser (13), Family boater (10), Angler (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

2 years- and still going strong!

I've now had this for 2 seasons and it's holding up great. I bought the $100 trolling motor and the dignhy and motor can handle 4 adults in calm waters. Usually it's my husband...Read complete review

I've now had this for 2 seasons and it's holding up great. I bought the $100 trolling motor and the dignhy and motor can handle 4 adults in calm waters. Usually it's my husband and I and 5 year old son. I have had 4 large adults in the boat at over 700 LBS with the trolling motor- no problems whatsoever. I've also had 3 children 5-8 and 2 adults with room to spare. I would highly recommend this dinghy to anyone- it gets me around my very large marina, I use it as a tender to little beaches once anchored out, and we drive it up the local rivers to restaurants. To be clear- when purchasing this you are not going to take it out on the open ocean but to just get around and have a good time- it is well worth the cost. The bag that it comes with for storage is garbage and you'll never get the boat back into it. Other than that, I would buy this again and again.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solstice Dinghy Review

We purchased this dinghy about a year ago to use as a tender to get from boat to shore - short distances using a paddle. We decided to purchase a 2.5hp engine because we...Read complete review

We purchased this dinghy about a year ago to use as a tender to get from boat to shore - short distances using a paddle. We decided to purchase a 2.5hp engine because we wanted to use dinghy for longer distances. When we first put engine on dinghy it was evident that the weight of the engine was too much for dinghy as the bow tipped ~ 45 degrees in the air. When starting engine without weight in bow of boat it is very unstable. Dinghy works very well if you want to paddle or use an electric motor but not with a 2.5hp engine. Would definetly not plan to use this dinghy for long distance motoring. Wishing we had purchased a dinghy with at least a solid transom. In the end you get what you pay for.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Melts when hot!

By Menumaster

from BY

About Me Family boater

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Melts under the sun
    • Not holding up
    • Seat useless

    Best Uses

      Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

      Was ok for a season apart from the seat which wouldn't stay in position as there's nothing to hold it in. 2nd season, the seat punctured and blew away, company sent a new one (thank you!), but this also punctured within a month. Main chamber now has leaks but most worrying (and has rendered the thing useless) is that the top layer of rubber has now melted away under the NY sun. Company advised me that I should have painted a uv layer on top to protect it....of course, the manual doesn't mention this so how was I to know! Anyhow, it's now destined for the trash and what seemed a decent buy has turned into an expensive mistake....beware.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works great for price

      By Just me

      from California

      About Me Weekend cruiser

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to assemble
      • Lightest quality inflateable
      • Stable/seaworthy

      Cons

      • Inflateable seat doesnt work in real use

      Best Uses

      • Tender for cruising boat

      Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

      I only use this when I go to catalina island. I go several times a year and only need to get the short ditance from boat to dock but wanted something more durable then a cheap lake style dingy( the kids use a cheap little dingy)..i dont use a motor and wanted a dingy I could lift onto my sailboat and this is the lightest,cheapest highest quality style I found(avon no longer makes their version)...for the price you get a solid nice little boat..I could not be happier,,except for the little seat thing..it looks neat but rolls all over and its easy to accidentily pull airplug at time..I found it is to unstable to use like in pic since i would roll front to back on it...I turn it sideways so it doesnt roll as bad...but notwithstanding that issue it has been great...as an add on the company service was awesome when I contacted Soltice about a missing inflator attachment..they quickly mailed one out for me..

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great for my use

      By orange monkey

      from Ontario, Canada

      About Me Weekend cruiser

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Performs well
      • Stable/seaworthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Tender for cruising boat

        Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

        I read all the reviews and for my use this was the perfect pick. We use it only twice a year for 1 week sailing trips. I've run it into some rocks and rough shores and no holes or even scrape marks. Have had it for 3 years now. No leaks. Packs up well. Used an electric 36lb motor and handles great. Only complaint is the motor mount. A bit of a pain to put on and take off, but we use it for a week at a time so not so bad.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Solstice 4 person dinghy

        By Robert

        from Portland, Maine

        About Me Weekend cruiser

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not holding up

          Best Uses

            Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

            Purchased a little over a year ago, just took out of bag the other day, inflated and launched. It leaks somewhere between tube and floor seam. The transom engine bracket is not up to the job of handling a 2hp. honda outboard. I think anyone will regret buying this inflatable.

            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            2 years- and still going strong!

            By SA

            from Guilford CT

            About Me Family boater, Weekend cruiser

            Pros

            • Affordable Great Value
            • Durable
            • Easy to assemble
            • Performs well
            • Stable/seaworthy
            • Stores compactly

            Cons

            • Storage Bag Is Junk

            Best Uses

            • Exploring new areas
            • Family use
            • Storage Bag Is Garbage
            • Tender for cruising boat

            Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

            I've now had this for 2 seasons and it's holding up great. I bought the $100 trolling motor and the dignhy and motor can handle 4 adults in calm waters. Usually it's my husband and I and 5 year old son. I have had 4 large adults in the boat at over 700 LBS with the trolling motor- no problems whatsoever. I've also had 3 children 5-8 and 2 adults with room to spare. I would highly recommend this dinghy to anyone- it gets me around my very large marina, I use it as a tender to little beaches once anchored out, and we drive it up the local rivers to restaurants. To be clear- when purchasing this you are not going to take it out on the open ocean but to just get around and have a good time- it is well worth the cost. The bag that it comes with for storage is garbage and you'll never get the boat back into it. Other than that, I would buy this again and again.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Nice For The Money

            By Carver Checkmate

            from Atlanta, GA.

            About Me Weekend cruiser

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not holding up

              Best Uses

              • Tender for cruising boat

              Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

              Have had a leak in #1 chamber from the date of purchase. West and the MFG. will do nothing...Have to add air every two to three days.
              Leak in in the seam not a puncture or any misuse.
              Stays out of water on stern of cruiser and is used just to get to the beach.
              It's a nice little boat! But don't expect and service or replacement. It's only 58 days old

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good little boat but don't be fooled

              By Sunfish B

              from Jersey Shore, NJ

              About Me Long distance cruiser

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Performs well
              • Stores compactly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Exploring new areas

                Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

                Let me start by saying this little boat is fantastic. Don't stop reading. I used this boat in a sheltered river with an electric trolling motor. with a max of three people. I can not imagine this boat with a bigger motor that 42 lbs thrust. I also can not imagine this boat in any kind of conditions that would have waves greater than six inches. For what it is it's perfect. As a low cost alternative to a RIB or other type of serious dink... yeah no. I wouldn't even dream of strapping a gas engine on this thing. If you are in the market for something that you are going to putt around in calm conditions in then this is your boat. If you are looking to save money and not get a RIB or other type of more serious inflatable by getting this. I would think long and hard. Again, I think this little boat is fantastic and I enjoyed two years of exploring a calm sheltered river in it but don't be mistaken this is not an alternative to a more sturdy and surely more expensive boat.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Nice design, not durable

                By Trilog

                from Salem MA

                About Me Weekend cruiser

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Fun For The Kids

                Cons

                • Not holding up

                Best Uses

                • Tender for cruising boat

                Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

                floor started to leak air into inflatable keel after about 6 weeks of use. Now it floats but you sit on a mountain in the middle of the boat and it is impossible to steer. Pity, overall nice design.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                For what it is it's perfect

                By Sailboat Brad

                from Jersey Shore

                About Me Weekend cruiser

                Pros

                • Performs well
                • Stores compactly

                Cons

                • Leaks

                Best Uses

                • Exploring new areas
                • Tender for cruising boat

                Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

                Was given one of these. For what it is I have zero complaints. The only problem I have had is that the orings degrade around the seals. We were able to explore the entire river we are in with out an issue. and even with the oring problem it wouldnt need air for at least 2-3 days. Was a somewhat wet ride when it got a little choppy near the mouth of the river. But again its not really made for that.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Won't Last Forever

                By Godlessjarhed

                from Reno NV

                About Me Angler, Family boater

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to assemble
                • Performs well
                • Stable/seaworthy
                • Stores compactly

                Cons

                • Poor Engine Mount

                Best Uses

                • Angling
                • Crabbing
                • Exploring new areas
                • Perfect Rv Boat

                Comments about Solstice 4-Person Dinghy:

                This boat worked great for about 2 years. The floor chambers have an issue with split "welds" in the ribbing. I cannot get all of the air out, yet when inflated the floor becomes balooned. I will make a hard wood floor to salvage the boat a few more years. I use a 2.5 HP water cooled Nissan on this boat, but the prop is out of the water without my weight in the boat. This rig works great to take anywhere in a car trunk. I keep it in a compartment in my RV so I always have a boat when I travel. Keep in mind this is NOT for offshore use. I would never get too far from land with it.

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