Your Questions

Are Tiwal inflatable sailboats hulls fragile

Tiwal boats have been tried and tested under a wide variety of operating conditions. The tests include strong wind conditions, seas with short, long waves, launching in complicated places with rocks and UV resistance tests

We work continuously to strengthen our inflatable hulls.

The hulls of Tiwal 2 and Tiwal 3 are reinforced in different places by several layers of fabric. The sides of the hulls are notably made more resistant by an overlay of yellow PVC. In addition, a wide band of reinforced PVC (“ragage”), used in rafting, protects the underside of the hulls from friction that may occur during launching and exiting.

If inflatable vehicles are used mainly for their lightness and ease of handling, they are also chosen for their robustness!
Firefighters, lifeboats and sailing schools use inflatable boats, because they withstand collisions and shocks better than conventional boats made of fiberglass or polyethylene. For example, rafting machines (inflatable) navigate easily through the pebbles in the rapids.

Try throwing a basketball (inflatable) against a wall, and do the same thing with a polyester object. Which one has the best result? 😉

Still doubting? Check out this video… 🙂

Can I assemble it alone?

Luckily yes, it takes about 20 minutes, although regular users take far less time before hitting the water.

Can kids sail it alone?

Tiwal is so easy to sail that it is an excellent boat for kids to learn on. With the 56 sq. ft. sail, kids can handle it easily, under the supervision of an adult, of course.

Does it resist sunlight?

The hull is treated anti-UV. If you do store your boat outside, we recommend you protect it with an anti-UV cover, available on the site. In general, never expose your boat to very high heat.

How do you inflate it?

You need two pumps (they are supplied with the boat): one low-pressure electric pump that inflates 80% of the hull in just a few minutes, and a 2nd manual pump to bring the pressure up to the recommended 11 PSI (0.75 bars). To check the ideal pressure, just follow the pressure gauge on the pump.

How does Tiwal perform?

With a maximum recorded speed of 10 knots, Tiwal provides great surfing thrills, especially sitting on the wings above the water. The daggerboard means it can sail upwind as well as other dinghies.

How long does it take to assemble?

It only takes about 20 minutes. Sometimes even less; the framework is easily clipped together. The record to beat for one person is 10 min. 41 sec.!

How many people can sail on board?

2 adults, 1 adult and 2 kids, 3 kids… everyone has a place on board, as long as there is fun to be had.

How should I clean it?

Tiwal needs no special cleaning. We recommend you rinse it in freshwater and dry it before storage.

How to trim the sail with the two cleats?

Cunningham

Sail with a loose cunningham in light air to power up the sail. Sail with a tight cunningham in breeze to de-power or flatten the sail.

Vang

When sailing upwind, use no vang. When sailing downwind tighten the vang just enough to prevent the sail from going upward.

I have never or hardly ever sailed. Is Tiwal right for me?

That is the whole point of Tiwal, to make the fun of sailing accessible to all! Intuitive and easy to use, Tiwal is easy to handle; all you need is a few basic notions to use it and have fun. However, if you wish, you can get personal coaching with us or with one of our partner centers.

If I capsize, will I be able to right the boat on my own?

Capsizing is feature of the practice of dinghy sailing. Although righting your boat after capsizing can be a difficult exercise on some dinghies, this isn’t the case with your Tiwal. True to our philosophy of designing boats that make sailing accessible, we have made sure that they remain easy to right by just one person, even those of small stature!

 

The proof is in the pictures: we’ve made videos showing how easy it is to right your Tiwal dinghy.

Righting a Tiwal 3 sailing dinghy

Righting the Tiwal 3 is as easy as ABC… provided you know the technique!

Position yourself upwind of the overturned hull (ie. between the wind and the boat). Put your feet on the wings while holding onto the daggerboard with your shoulders well-back, in order to exert maximum righting moment. When the mast returns to the horizontal position, the maneuver slows down, because before you can lift the sail up out of the water, you’ve first got to wait for it to gently empty. A little patience and the boat will slowly come back upright.

All you have to do is climb back on board, always from the front of the hull, to keep the boat head to wind. Be careful: if you board from the stern, the dinghy could end up facing downwind, and therefore drag you along, with the risk of capsizing again.

Righting a Tiwal 2 sailing dinghy

It’s even easier on a Tiwal 2!

The captain kneels down on the windward wing and then stands, holding onto the daggerboard halfway up. As the hull of the Tiwal 2 dinghy is not so wide as the Tiwal 3, and the peak of the sail is shorter, the amount of effort required is significantly less.

Finally, be careful to apply your force on the hull and the wings rather than on the daggerboard, which should only serve to hold on to.

 

Righting techniques for smaller crew

These techniques work for a captain who weighs at least 50 kilos (110 lbs). Below this weight, it’s difficult to create a sufficient counterbalance, but rest assured, all is not lost! Rather than taking the daggerboard in hand, pass the painter up and over the wing, and thus move further away from the hull to exert a greater righting moment.

 

Is it easy to assemble?

It’s child’s play! Tiwal assembles without tools; the framework tubes clip together and attach to the inflatable hull using hook & loop straps. The sail is easy to install, and simply fits onto the framework.

Is it guaranteed?

The boat (including the hull) is guaranteed 2 years for normal use.

Once inflated, how do you launch it?

Once assembled, you can carry Tiwal to the water’s edge. If you are alone, you may want to use a beach dolly (available in the shop).

What are the advantages of an inflatable dinghy?

Firstly, to make a folding boat! Lightweight, easy to store and handle, comfortable and safe, easy to clean and carry… the list of advantages is long, probably as long as the fun times you will be able to have.

What are Tiwal’s measurements?

Ideal, of course! Assembled, Tiwal weighs 110 lbs, measures 10′ 6″ long and 5’4″ large (5′ 4″ without hiking racks).

What if I need spare parts?

All parts can be replaced and are sold as spares. We know how precious your vacation time is, which is why we respond quickly. For all requests, contact us on 888-683-5880.

What if I sail around the world and need to repair my boat?

 The hull can be repaired by any approved Zodiac dealer, all around the world. Sails can also be repaired by sail makers in any port in the world.

What is the delivery time?

Deliveries are made by FedEx throughout the United States.
Delivery times: allow for 21 days.

What is the maximum wind Tiwal can sail in?

You can’t frighten me! Tiwal is happy in winds of up to Force 4 (18 mph).

What is the Tiwal 3 sailing programme?

For sports or leisure, Tiwal is suitable for all your escapades and desires. Single-handed or with a crew of three, on calm or white water, as a family or a couple… with its two sails of 56 sq. ft. and 75 sq. ft., Tiwal is versatile and provides fun for everyone.

What quality are the materials?

Tiwal is a top-of-the-range dinghy manufactured with materials of excellent quality. To prove it, just look at the major sailing names associated with Tiwal: Norths Sails for the sails, and Harken for the fittings, among others. The hull is made of high-quality Selytech PVC. The framework is made of anodized aluminum and chromed-plated assembly parts.

Why not put a float at the masthead?

In principle, Tiwal does not recommend putting a masthead float on their inflatable sailing dinghies, for the safety of the crew.

With a masthead float, in the event of capsize, your boat will remain on its side. The float then makes it easier to right the boat. But if you have windy conditions, the hull of the boat will catch the wind and then risk being blown away from the crew. They would then have to swim back to the boat. This is a danger for the crew if they can’t reach their boat.

Without a float, the boat flips over completely – it will “turn turtle”. The overturned boat will stay next to the crew. In this case crew are safe beside their boat. They can then proceed to right the boat.

The only instance where we might recommend the installation of a float at the masthead is for boats that have to pass a shore break on the beach before reaching their sailing area. In the event of capsizing in waves in shoal depths, the mast would risk hitting the bottom with force and may break. The installation of a masthead float for a Tiwal 3 in Hawaii has solved this problem (without any warranty!). And the crew must be warned of the potential danger of having their boat pushed by the wind in the event of capsizing.