Why a TIWAL?
The Tiwals were by far the most compact and easily transported watercraft we saw on our journey into the Outback. You can take a TIWAL as luggage in any vehicle and be on the water in 15 or 20 mins. Anywhere!
We have recently experimented with a transom for a small outboard. New electric outboard units like the Torqeedo Ultralite 403 promise to make this boat even more versatile and useful for fishing or as a tender. Removable inflatable sides enclosing the deck are on the drawing board.
We wouldn’t have dreamed of visiting the outback if we didn’t have this compact versatile dinghy on board. It opened up to us adventures we never dreamed of.
Awarded 2014 Most Innovative Sailboat of the Year by Sailing World Magazine; when properly inflated to 12 PSI, TIWALS are a tough and rigid hull which conveniently packs down to fit in the back of even a small car, boat or caravan. They are made using dropstitch technology also used in SUP’s, and they don’t make a bad camp mattress if you get the pressure right!
Merry Christmas, and Happy Travelling!
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See you out there!
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.