Inflatable Tender at the Mooring Area. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

June 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Inflatable Tender at the Mooring Area

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Inflatable Tender at the Mooring Area 20220529 850_8528Inflatable Tender at the Mooring AreaAn inflatable boat covered but ready for use in the mooring area of Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Inflatable Reflections

Inflatable Reflections 20220529 850_8572Inflatable ReflectionsAn inflatable boat, a tender, on the string at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

The inflatable boat has become standard along the waterfront. They are efficient and easy to maintain. And inflatable boats convey a certain spirit of adventure.

We all grew up seeing Jacques Cousteau buzzing about from the Calypso. His goal was research. We reveled in the inflatable outboard boat and the man himself in his red watch cap.

And it is right that we recall the French explorer. His boats were the first to place a transom on the inflatable to allow for an outboard motor. The manufacturer was "Zodiac", who was a former airplane manufacturer. The boat design was by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his friend Alain Bombard. The shallow draft and quick performance of these little vessels made a perfect choice for expedition work.

So, as we see the reflective view of this inflatable boat on Point Judith Pond, it has us wondering. We think about what adventure it might have in store.


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