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WEST MARINE PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable

Model # 14272488Mfg # MW-260/0 SL

Reg. $899.00

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$749.00

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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

Chambers 2 Chambers
Capacity 992 Pounds
Horsepower 7hp
Durability Good
Diameter 17"
Length 8'6"
Shape Flat
Material 1100 Decitex PVC Coated Polyester Hull and Wood Slatted Roll-Up Floor
Weight 53 Pounds
Width 61"
Warranty Details Five Years Air Holding
One Year Parts and Accessories
Portability Excellent
Performance Good

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West Marine PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable
 
3.3

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

70%

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 (6)

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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1.0

buyer BEWARE!!!

By Dave

from Michigan

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    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        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
         
        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:

        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:

            Great boat for a good price.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 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:

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

             
            5.0

            Inflatable

            By Tony

            from Redondo Beach

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  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

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

                        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

                        (1 of 1 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:

                          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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          leaks and not very high quality

                          By Timbo

                          from Port Aransas, TX

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Light Easily Stowed

                          Cons

                          • Leaks Water And Air

                          Best Uses

                          • Light Use

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

                          Has leaked air since new. I pump it up and it is visibly low in 8 hrs or less. It leaks water around the transom and the drain plug has a really light weight string and broke. I probably should have bought a RIB or small plastic dinghy rather than go for the light weight one. It doesn't turn well either with an engine on it and tends to slide sideways.

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Does what it's intended to do

                          By John

                          from Bradenton, FL

                          Pros

                          • Affordable
                          • Compact
                          • Easy setup
                          • Relatively light

                          Cons

                          • No Keel
                          • White fabric

                          Best Uses

                          • Short Range Dinghy

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

                          I bought this dinghy on sale from West Marine and use a Suzuki DF2.5S acquired online. On a 41 Cockpit Motor Yacht with no davits, space is at a premium and lightweight was key for transporting. The dinghy is 53lbs and the motor is 30lbs so these two fit my space and weight requirements perfectly. The dinghy inflates fully in about 15 minutes and the foot pump is adequate if your in reasonable shape, if not get an automatic pump. Toting the dinghy in the bag is awkward but manageable, a cart helps a lot on longer walks. This dinghy does not plane with a 2.5hp motor but it does move along at 5-6 knots when pushed. With the flat bottom it tracks good enough for 5 knots. Construction is very good and the valves work flawlessly. The white fabric picks up a lot of dirt and grime. Bottom-line, for under $2000 for the dinghy and motor, I've got a fine tender for my purposes.

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Quality and Warranty Problems

                          By Glen

                          from Little Rock, AR

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

                          Leaks developed in one valve and one compartment. I was not provided warranty service when I contacted West Marine. Instead, I was referred to Zodiac customer service. West Marine customer service personnel are apparently trained to refer all warranty problems to Zodiac, saying it's a Zodiac boat. Trouble is, that's not what my warranty states. Zodiac is not mentioned as the manufacturer in my Owner's Manual warranty or in the online warranty. Randy Repas, CEO of West Marine, states in "An Important Message" in the manual that he personally invites customers' comments; so here they are.

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