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WEST MARINE2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy

WEST MARINE

2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy

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. For 2013 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. New two-color styling now 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: 2
  • 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

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2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy

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West Marine2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy
 
3.4

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Light weight (4)
  • Easy to inflate (3)

Cons

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      Reviewed by 23 customers

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      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.

      (11 of 11 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.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Bottom material weak.

          By Jay

          from Jacksonville, FL

          Pros

          • Cheap sale price
          • Lightweight
          • Looks good
          • Quick to inflate

          Cons

          • Bottom Easily Gets Holes
          • Valves Are Not 1 Way

          Best Uses

          • Avoid Any Bottom Contact
          • Learn To Levitate It
          • Stay In The Box

          Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

          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.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          An update to a previous review...

          By Captain Jim

          from south Texas

          Pros

          • Construction Decent
          • Quality Valves
          • Reasonably light weight

          Cons

          • Non-usable Manual

          Best Uses

          • Light recreational use
          • Tender For Main Boat

          Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

          I have had some time with this dinghy and want to update my previous review. The tubes are larger than the previous RU-260, and this one rows better. I was upset when it first arrived because it seemed the valves would not hold air - with info from the valve manufacturer, I have found the valves to be just fine. Of course, putting an owners manual in the box that explains usage would be helpful. The construction compared to the previous RU-260 seems to be better without adding more weight. Our previous dinghy lasted 10 years before the glue on the seams gave out - I am hopeful that this will give us at least that same time in service. We do not store our dinghy outside, but in the case, indoors. I am changing the "not recommend" to "recommend."

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was very prompt. The boat had 4 small tears in the floor that appear to be from the manufacturing, not during delivery - they should not be an issue with usage.

          It took me several calls to Customer Service to get to someone who would actually help me. Peggy Pena in your Customer Service was helpful.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I LOVE IT

          By anchorout

          from lake charles, La

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good price when on sale
          • Light Weight

          Cons

          • 6hp Ratingno Way

          Best Uses

          • Dinghy

          Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

          I plan on limited use for this inflatable. I would not buy it for heavy use with seasonal UV exposure.

          Good value at the sales price, but I would never pay full price for this item.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Its light, strong and easy to inflate.

          By Tahitisailor

          from Boise, ID and places I can trailer to

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Light Weight
          • Nice looking
          • small travel size
          • Strong

          Cons

          • Only Two Air Chambers

          Best Uses

          • Sailboat Tender

          Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

          All we nee to get from the anchorage to the dock.
          Great value.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Second review - first never showed

          By Captain Jim

          from Port Isabel, Texas

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Prompt delivery

          Cons

          • Light construction
          • No Instructions Re Valve
          • Poor Documentation

          Best Uses

          • Tender For Boat

          Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

          This is my second review; apparently the first got pulled. There is NO useful documentation in the owners manual, especially in regards to the valves. This dinghy gets poor reviews because of the lack of documention for the vales. They ARE a one-way valve - I had to call Halkey-Robers (valve manufacturer) to find this out. This dinghy seems less robust compared to the r-260 I also own. Non-planing dinghy, due to the floor construction, but it is light-weight, for ease in pulling up on the boat.

          Service and delivery comments:

          The delivery was prompt. The dinghy arrived in reasonable condition - 4 small tears in the floor material, that seem to be a manufacturing issue, not damage in shipping. West Marine's customer service was non-existant. When I called/e-mailed regarding the valves, rather than have someone return my call to explain how to operate the valves, they simply offered to send a pick-up for a return. That is not customer service - helping the customer resolve the problem IS customer service. Requests for a return phone call were ignored.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Just got it. looks good.

          By anchorout

          from SW Louisiana

          Pros

          • Fills In 15 Minutes
          • Good sale price
          • Light Weight

          Cons

          • Bad Fill Valves

          Best Uses

          • Light Weight Tender

          Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

          I like a lot about this dinghy, but the fill ports are not the one way type as used on every other inflatable I know of. This means as you switch from pump to plug you loose a lot of air. The enclosed pressure gauge is useless as, by the time you release the pump and plug in the gauge, all the pressure is gone.

          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty good little Dinghy

          By Windsurfer

          from St. Clair Shores, MI

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to inflate
          • Easy To Roll Up Stow
          • Excellent Rowing
          • Gets Into Shallows

          Cons

          • None I can think of

          Best Uses

          • Fishing Getting Around

          Comments about 2013 RU3 Inflatable Dinghy:

          I've had it for one full season now and haven't had any real problems what-so-ever. I bought the RU3 for fishing and taking it to the many inland lakes around Michigan. We have Lake St. Clair at the end of our street, which is part of the Great Lakes system, and I've used it there mostly. I use a new Merc 3.5 with it and it moves along nicely, although the stern seems to bog down a bit when I open the motor to full speed. These Roll-up models don't plane. On the Zodiac site they sell a set of stern planes for it, which I think will solve that problem. The RU3 rows like a dream. The oar locks are great and the seat is in a perfect rowing position. I made a cart for it out of a kayak truck, which works out very well to get it down to the water and launching it. At first I was thinking of a set of wheels mounted on the transom, but nixed that idea. Two people can carry this dinghy to the water and launch it very easily.

          Fishing in the RU3 is tight. I had to move into a smaller tackle box and condense my gear down to just a few things. Lake St. Clair has been awarded the best Bass lake in the USA by the professional Bass competition tours. (One of the world's best!) I like to go into the shallows with an electric motor to flip cranking bait and you can't beat RU3 for floating into just mere inches of water. I think the RU3 is pretty much just big enough for one person when it comes to Bass fishing. Drift fishing with crawler harnesses or bobbers it will accommodate two, but with minimal gear with shorter rods. I've done some standing and casting and it's not too tippy in fairly calm water. I have no intention of going out in big and rough choppy swells with my RU3; so I can't report on how it handles in those conditions.

          All and all a dinghy this size is fun to blast around in and it will accommodate two people very comfortably. I think 3 people would be tight but doable. The sides are comfortable to sit on. It rolls up into a small package and will easily fit in a trunk, or into small hatch back car. Our local dinghy repair shop put my rubber registration numbers on it and he said it has good high quality seams. For me it's a keeper.

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