Seago Boats and Tenders

Seago Boats and Tenders

How to choose the correct tender for your yacht.

There are multiple decisions to make which will probably involve some concessions in order to find a happy medium - where there are examples quoted below, they tend to be...

How to choose the correct tender for your yacht.

There are multiple decisions to make which will probably involve some concessions in order to find a happy medium - where there are examples quoted below, they tend to be from either end of the scale to illustrate the range of options available. There are a lot of compromises in between.

Crew Capacity - how many people will the dinghy need to carry on a regular basis ?

Load carrying capability - will you need any extra load capacity for transferring/transporting provisions etc.

Purpose – will you need your dinghy for short hops ashore in a sheltered creek or an extended burst around a large anchorage for provisioning ?

Frequency of use - will you be mainly berthed in a marina or living aboard at anchor ?

Safe Storage - Are you going to deflate the dinghy when not in use and stow it in a locker or hoist it on deck/davits ?

Weight - do you need a light weight boat to make the operation more manageable when getting it in and out of the water ?

Performance – are you happy to row the short distances that you have in mind or do you want to be able to cover a wider area at speed ?

Choosing the right performance capability for your yacht tender has been likened to choosing how you want to get around when you are on holiday in a foreign resort. Once you have arrived and settled in, do you want to walk, cycle or drive a car to access all the sights and facilities. These three modes of transport can be compared with your tender:

  1. Walking – a flat bottomed dinghy powered by rowing, paddling or a very small outboard.
  2. Cycling – an air deck Vee hull dinghy with an outboard capable of driving the tender along at moderate speed
  3. Car – an aluminium Vee hull with an outboard capable of getting the tender up on the plane with anything from 50% to maximum load.

Construction Material - UV stabilised PVC is the the benchmark fabric for inflatable dinghies, suitable for use in a temperate climate. CSM (chlorosulfonated polyethylene CSPE synthetic rubber) still commonly known as Hypalon is more expensive but has a much longer working life, especially in a tropical climate. Hypalon has excellent resistance to Ultra Viloet rays, temperature extremes and chemicals.

Choosing the correct fabric for your dinghy - PVC or Hypalon/CSM

The majority of inflatable dinghies are manufactured from either PVC or CSM (Hypalon)
CSM (chlorosulfonated polyethylene CSPE synthetic rubber) is the correct term for what used to be Hypalon, produced under trademark by DuPont until a few years ago.

PVC is a good all round material for making inflatable boats with an average life cycle of 8-10 years.
PVC is generally lighter than Hypalon.
PVC is also available in a special light weight fabric.

Hypalon is more expensive, but it has a much longer working life than PVC with an average life cycle of 15-20 years in a marine environment.
Hypalon has significantly better resistance against:

  1. The effects of prolonged exposure to strong, direct sunlight (Ultra Violet), temperature extremes and heat in general.
  2. Chemicals
  3. Abrasion and Impact

Jimmy Green Marine offer the Seago range of inflatable tenders with a choice of top quality construction materials:

  1. 1100 Decitex 900g PVC
  2. 1200 Decitex CSM (Hypalon)
  3. Light weight 1100 Decitex 700g PVC


Seago boats are all built to the highest quality conforming to BS EN and CE standards.

Each Seago Tender is clearly rated for maximum capability: people carrying, load capacity and outboard motor horse power.

Seago Inflatable Dinghy Capacity Table:

SeagoGo Lite 230Spirit 240-ADKGo Lite 250Spirit 270-ADK290-ADKHypalon 300320-ADK
  Hypalon 240 Hypalon 270   
    Go Lite 270   
Length2.3 metres2.4 metres2.5 metres2.7 metres2.9 metres3.0 metres3.2 metres
Chambers2233333
Maximum Capacity2.5 persons3 persons3 persons3 persons4 persons4.5 persons4 persons
Maximum Weight270kg310kg300kg420kg475kg566kg566kg
Maximum Engine4hp5hp6hp6hp10hp15hp15hp

Seago230-SL260-SL230-RT
Length2.3 metres2.6 metres2.3 metres
Chambers232
Maximum Capacity2 persons3 persons2 PLUS 1 persons
Maximum Weight284kg393kg255kg
Maximum Engine4hp7hp3hp

Seago Inflatable Dinghy Packed Weight and Dimensions Table:

SeagoPacked DimensionsPacked Weight
240-ADK107cm x 52cm x 32cm29.3kg
270-ADK112cm x 62cm x 35cm39.3kg
290-ADK112cm x 62cm x 35cm40.5kg
320-ADK112cm x 62cm x 35cm42.5kg
240-HYPALON105cm x 50cm x 37cm32kg
270-HYPALON110cm x 60cm x 38cm38.5kg
300-HYPALON118cm x 60cm x 38cm41kg
Go Lite 230100cm x 50cm x 28cm18.5kg
Go Lite 250100cm x 50cm x 28cm19kg
Go Lite 270100cm x 50cm x 30cm19.5kg
230-SL107cm x 52cm x 32cm26kg
260-SL107cm x 52cm x 32cm31kg
230-RT102cm x 52cm x 30cm26.7kg




Seago publish an excellent owners user manual with loads of useful information:

Seago Inflatable Tender User Manual