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PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat

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Model # 14272488 | Mfg # P-RU-3

Product Description

Big on features, yet easily stowed, this compact rollup makes an ideal tender whenever onboard space is limited but you still want the capacity to bring all your gear aboard. The weight capacity has almost doubled from prior models and is now the best in class. Rigid plywood transom and a slatted wood and fabric floor offers rapid setup and takedown in a non-planing design that easily handles outboard motors up to 6HP, however even a 4HP motor is plenty to power this boat. Two-color styling utilizes longitudinally-cut German Heytex fabric to create a distinctive, easily-maintained look in a highly functional dinghy that features USA-made Halkey-Roberts valves and a wooden bench seat. Includes aluminum oars, oarlocks, lifelines, towing rings, bow handle, inflation pump, carry bag and repair kit.

  • Application: Roll-Up Tender
  • Length: 8'6"
  • Beam: 5'1"
  • Stowed Dimensions: 3'3" x 1'11" x11"
  • Max. HP: 6
  • Max. Capacity lb./Persons: 992/3
  • Weight: 53 lb.
  • Fabric: 1100 decitex PVC-coated polyester
  • Tube Diameter: 17"
  • Number of Chambers: Two
  • Bottom Shape: Flat
  • Floor: Wood-slated roll up
  • Transom Construction: Marine plywood
  • Seam Construction: Glued seam
  • Warranty: Five years air holding/one year parts and accessories

West Marine Inflatable Boat Warranty

Owner's Manual/Replacement Parts List

Specs

PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat

Capacity 992 Pounds
Chambers 2 Chambers
Diameter 17"
Durability Good
Horsepower 6hp
Length 8'6"
Material 1100 Decitex PVC Coated Polyester Hull and Wood Slatted Roll-Up Floor
Performance Good
Portability Excellent
Shape Flat
Warranty Details Five Years Air Holding
One Year Parts and Accessories
Weight 53 Pounds
Width 61"

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat
 
3.5

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Light weight (5)
  • Easy to inflate (4)
  • Durable (3)
  • Good price / value (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great dinghy

I use it as a tender to my 35' motor yacht. I keep it on the swim step using swing arm style C davits and keep it covered. I run a Suzuki 2.5hp...Read complete review

I use it as a tender to my 35' motor yacht. I keep it on the swim step using swing arm style C davits and keep it covered. I run a Suzuki 2.5hp 4stroke outboard. I cut some indoor/outdoor carpet the shape of the floor and placed it inside using Velcro so my pup is more comfortable and it makes the floor more durable with my things inside.

I am 175lbs and my dog is 20lbs. What I never expected was to find that this boat actually planes with me about midship and my dog in the bow. And yes I did say 2.5hp!! I was extremely surprised to discover this but certainly it will not plane with two people or in choppy water. This should not be expected of course so I'm only stating this as to my complete surprise.

I know of no issue with the valves from my observation. Most likely ppl received their boats with the valve stems locked in the open position and they were not familiar with how to set them correctly. And since I am so far leaving mine inflated I have had no reason to lock them open for deflating the boat.

This is my fourth inflatable dinghy in many years of boating. 2 Zodiacs, an Avon and now this West Marine RU3. I am extremely happy with this boat and engine combination. I use it primarily to harbor and estuary cruise with an adult beverage and my boatdog on warm afternoons/weekends at the boat. This is not a sport boat and West Marine is clear about that.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bottom material weak.

In November '13 I purchased this inflatable boat when it was on sale. It has been in the box in my garage until this past Friday. After my first use of it this...Read complete review

In November '13 I purchased this inflatable boat when it was on sale. It has been in the box in my garage until this past Friday. After my first use of it this weekend I noticed that there are three abraded spots on the bottom, one is actually a hole that now leaks water. The inflatable tubes are fine, it is the soft bottom that has the problem abrasions and hole. These are below the floor slats. The only surfaces the bottom of this boat contacted were the water, the fiberglass transom and swim platform of my boat when I launched and then retrieved it from the water, and the concrete floating dock at the marina where I deflated it.

I can't believe that the (rubber??) bottom of this boat is so fragile that the user can't safely pull it in and out of the water aboard a fiberglass boat and onto a floating dock. The inflatable was not beached or towed.
The warranty says abrasions are not covered but I contend that the bottom of this boat is not suitable for normal expected use as a fold up tender for a larger boat. Normal expected use, the first time, resulted in this hole and these abrasions that will eventually evolve into holes with any other normal use. Maybe I just got a bad one, I can't believe the bottom gets holes with really minimal contact on the first use. We'll see if and how WM customer service responds to my complaint.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Looks great and performs even better!

By Redspoon2

from Venice, Fl

Verified Buyer

Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

The boat is stable with two adults. Rides great and has good floor space for supplies while cruzing.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value

By Rich

from Morro Bay, CA

Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

Bought two years ago to move from dock to our mooring. Easy to row with the two of us and gear in it even in running tide and light wind; however, combine the two in the same direction and add much higher winds and it becomes a chore but still doable. Has been in the weather at the dock or boat entire time and is holding up very well. Bottom cleans easily. Carries on davits nicely as well. Good value, will buy another when time comes.

Had the valve problem as well but after talking to WM discovered that valve was in open position and needed to be closed with tool provided! Was told at the time that the instructions were being updated to include this small but important step but appears that has not happened, for shame!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What an awesome little boat

By Fair Warning

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • price
  • Quality
  • size

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Tender

    Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

    Once you start staying at the island, you find out that you need a ride to shore. Best way to get a ride is to buy a new rubber boat

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    buyer BEWARE!!!

    By Dave

    from Michigan

    Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

    After researching I bought this boat. Unless you can walk on water and launch the boat without touching land it will be fine. First use after launching from a boat launch, the boat leaked. The floor cannot stand up to any friction from land. Shame on West Marine!

    Service and delivery comments:

    ok

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Would not recommend

    By bruce

    from Oceanside

    Pros

    • Easy to store

    Cons

    • Leaks
    • Not durable

    Best Uses

    • Dinghy rides small harbor

    Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

    We purchased this model in June 2013, so 2 years ago. I contacted WM at the end of May/beginning of June 2015 because the dinghy leaks water through the stern plug and the material is getting "sticky" just by seating on the sun.

    WM provided shipping to the closest warranty center (over 50 miles away from our home), but did not provide for return, so we had to pick it up - wasting time and gas to drive over 100 miles. And guess What?

    The dinghy still leaks water, enough for us to have to use a manual pump every time we want to use it. I wanted to have it replaced, but neither WM or the Warranty center offered that option (or the option to purchase a new one with the price discount), so now we painted the bottom with anti-fouling inflatable paint and are stuck with this dinghy until it completely fails on us - which at this pace it might happen much sooner than we expected. Overall we are disappointed with this product and will not recommend or buy again.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Sailboat Dinghy

    By Sailer

    from Louisiana

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Light Weight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

        Great boat for a good price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dinghy

        By Hawkeye

        from Bothell WA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

        This small soft bottom dinghy was perfect, just what we needed.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Inflatable

        By Tony

        from Redondo Beach

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

        Plain and simple. Excellent product for an excellent price!

        Service and delivery comments:

        Very informative and polite. Helped load up.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        OK but needs some work.

        By Baysailor

        from San Francisco Bay

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

        The valves need to be redesigned. It a pain to disconnect the pump and install the plug without loosing all of your air.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Portable is relative

        By Nerfus

        from Los Angeles

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Fold-able
        • Relatively light

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • FOR LIMITED SPACE

          Comments about West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable Boat:

          It is well made and has a number of well deigned features. Adding a 2.5 hp is a good match as this is not a high performance RIB but a people mover / taxi / life boat. It does fold and does take up room so think about where you are going to store it and the engine.

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          • No

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