Is That a Sailboat in Your Trunk or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

TIWAL 3.2 is a collapsible dinghy that erects in 20 minutes

By Evan Bleier

 
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28 November 2017

As liberating as the feeling of being on the open in a boat water is, the actual act of owning a boat can be very cumbersome. You need storage, a trailer and rig big enough to tow her to the shore. Unless of course, your sailboat can fit in the trunk of your four-door.

Designed by sporting goods manufacturer TIWAL, the 10.5-foot-long TIWAL 3.2 is a trunk-sized dinghy that can be outfitted with either a 56- or 75-square-foot sail. Capable of being assembled or packed away in 20 minutes, the compact watercraft weighs 111 pounds but can support 420.

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Built for stability and moderate speed, the TIWAL 3.2’s V-shaped underbody is wider than what can be found on a traditional dinghy and the compact boat is also more capable of being righted safely than similar-sized models in the event of a capsize. 

The TIWAL 3.2 is built for sturdiness as well and its hull is crafted from the same type of durable PVC materials that have been used to make semi-rigid motorboats and sometimes even blimps.

Looking to put some sails in your wind? The TIWAL 3.2 with the 56-foot sail starts goes for $5,200, the 75-foot sail package is $5,500 and a boat with both is $6,200 (plus shipping).

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