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WEST MARINE PRU-3 Performance Roll-Up Inflatable

Model # 14272488Mfg # MW-260/0 SL

$899.00

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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

Beam 61"
Capacity 3 People
Chambers 2
Durability Good
Floor Material Wood Roll-up
Length 8'6"
Hull Shape V Shape
Material PVC
Max HP 6
Performance Good
Maximum Weight of Rider 992 lbs
Portability Excellent
Tube Diameter 16"
Weight 53 lbs

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West Marine2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy
 
3.2

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      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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      2.0

      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 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

      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.

       
      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 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

      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.

       
      1.0

      Quality and Warranty Problems

      By Glen

      from Little Rock, AR

      Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

      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.

       
      1.0

      No sense of direction

      By Capt Jack

      from New Buffalo Michigan

      Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

      The first port we pulled into and slid the dingy into the water was when this dingy becomes useless.
      I powered off going north and then steered west.
      The boat turned west but continued north bound.
      I eventually ran into the dock across the fairway.
      The poor girl looks nice but really needs a keel.

       
      3.0

      Just be careful if you plan on rowing

      By CDory28167

      from Boston, MA

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

      I use mine as a tender when moored or anchored and it's given me good service. But because I avoid the added trouble of carrying an outboard, I row more than the oarlocks are designed to handle. Two have broken and it never happens at a convenient time. First time WM replaced the broken one for free even though it was beyond warranty, so they get extra credit for that. I'll replace the most recent broken one but I'm now in the habit of lashing the oar/oarlock so that it's still functional if it fails.

       
      5.0

      Great Little Dinghy!

      By Captain T

      from Pasadena, MD

      Pros

      • Easy to inflate
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Exploring Waterways
        • Ship To Shore

        Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

        Great dinghy for the price. We use ours to take the dog to shore or to go into town (or explore) if anchored out. Inflates quickly with foot pump. We use a 6 hp outboard and this little boat flies!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Valve locked opened

        By In charge of the Details

        from Dauphin Island, AL

        Pros

        • Good price

        Cons

        • Valves Locked Open

        Best Uses

        • Dinghy

        Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

        Received inflatable with the valves locked in the open position. My husband wanted to return the boat thinking the valves were defective. Read the reviews on this issue. Went to valve manufacturers website, read the drawings, realized the valve stem needed to be "unlocked" to place the valve in the closed position. I gently turned the stem with spring and yellow "gear" in the center of the valve to the left. I was then able to inflate and use the pressure gauge. The inflatable should ship with the valves in the "closed" position. No one should have to do this much research to use this inflatable. Manual does not give this information.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Update to Previous Review..............

        By Jay

        from Jacksonville, Florida

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

        After my prior review WM customer service did contact me and advised that I'd be hearing soon from a warranty rep. After over two weeks and no warranty rep contact I contacted WM customer service again. The response this second time was prompt and professional. I was give a choice to return the boat for repair or a store credit. I chose a store credit for the RU3 boat I returned.

        I plan on using that WM credit toward buying a RIB as I don't trust durability of the soft bottoms on these other boats WM sells.

        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great dinghy

        By Ash

        from Alameda, CA - SF Bay

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clean Look
        • Easy to inflate
        • Large Tubes
        • Lightweight
        • Very portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable 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 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.

            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Deal

            By Sammy

            from Juneau,AK

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

            This is a good tender and works for what I want.
            The valve issue is a problem though.
            WEST MARINE WHY DON'T YOU SUPPLY INFO FOR HOW THE VALVES WORK?
            Once I looked up how to use the valves it became a much safer boat. You really should post how to work them.

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