Inflatable Bow Tent by Gaastra / Nautics

This handy device provides a degree of shelter aboard your tender. "Gear and Gadgets" from our February 20, 2008, CW Reckonings


To shield yourself from the elements when taxiing to and fro, equip your tender with the Inflatable Bow Tent by Gaastra / Nautics.Andrew Burton

The problem with the dinghies cruisers use to get between shore and boat is that unless your name is Larry Ellison, they are so small that you and anything you're carrying inevitably get wet or baked. That's where the Inflatable Bow Tent from Nautics comes in. It fits over the bow of your dinghy and keeps spray at bay. The ripstop nylon tent is UV and water-resistant and has three windows so you can still see where you're going while you stay dry. The best thing about it is that there are no poles or dowels to get lost; the arch is inflated with an included pump. When it's not in use it stows in a small bag.