“I have long argued in my books and blog that the Advanced Elements double kayak is the near-perfect yacht tender and a fantastic alternative to the traditional dinghy/outboard combo.
Easy to rig up, easy to drag on to the side deck at night, huge carrying capacity (we had two avocado trees in it once) and actually a lot drier than the inflatable dinghy whose chubby love handles send spray flying in all directions.
The fact that the tubes are wrapped in UV resistant yacht canvas adds to their toughness and longevity.
The ease with which they cut through the water means that we have long ago sold the outboard as there is no need for it.
Not only has this released some funds and the need for constant vigilance (outboards are the number one theft item) but it allows us to crawl up creeks (without disturbing the wildlife with the noise of an outboard) and take on surf landings that would have hitherto been impossible.
Over the years we have been very impressed with our Advanced Elements kayak and could not imagine cruising without one.
Having said all that, there has always been one part of the kayak that was not up to the (admittedly outrageous) abuse we subjected it to, and that was the floor.
With the new drop-stitch floor on the Elite model, AE have not only solved this, but stiffened the entire kayak as a bonus.
In my opinion, the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite tandem kayak is now unreservedly the best yacht tender you can buy and costs a fraction of the price (not to mention environmental impact) of the traditional dinghy/outboard combo. Forget the dinghies and get paddling!”
The Advancedframe Convertible Elite Inflatable Kayak was ideal for Rick, but it might not be the right fit for you.