Need a Dinghy? Use a Lifetime Manta Kayak!

Need a Dinghy? Use a Lifetime Manta Kayak!

Need a Dinghy? Use a Lifetime Manta Kayak!

boarding manta from boat.jpgWhat's a dinghy?  Most likely, if you had to ask, you probably don't need one. :)  A dinghy is a small boat, often carried by a larger boat.  And, as I recently found out, the Lifetime Manta Kayak makes a great dinghy!

Over the past few weeks, I've shared with you my family's experiences with the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak (aka the Yellow Banana).  And, I keep telling you there is one "unknown" feature that turned out to be our favorite.  So…here it is.  Ready?  Wait for it, wait for it…

You can TOW a Lifetime Manta Kayak in the water behind another boat! 

Hmm, not as exciting as you had hoped for, huh?  Well, read on, then see what you think.  We wanted to kayak around this scenic little island in the middle of Lake Erie. The only problem is that getting to the island from my parents' house required going several miles across Lake Erie.  We are avid water skiers and are used to towing skiers, tubes, wakeboards, etc. behind our boat.  So, we figured why not try towing the Yellow Banana, too?  The Lifetime Manta Kayak has a molded handle in the front of the kayak that is intended to be used as a carrying handle.  However, since it is molded in, it is durable just like the kayak and can easily double as a place to tie a rope to tow the kayak. 

At first we were a little apprehensive about how the kayak would tow in the water.  Would it bounce all over and flip upside-down?  Would it take on water and sink?  NO!  We were surprised at how great the Lifetime Manta towed behind a boat, even at faster speeds.  It stayed on top of the water and upright the entire time.  Can't do that with most kayaks, that's for sure - and definitely not with a sit-inside kayak!  However, I would advise you to remove the scupper plugs before towing; both of ours came out during the tow. (If you do loose them, extras are available for purchase in the Lifetime Store online.)

After we arrived at the island, our next hurdle was to get from the boat and to the kayak.  We were wearing our swimsuits and were prepared to possibly get wet as we stepped from the back swim platform of our boat and onto the Lifetime Manta Kayak.  Whoa!  Not even a slight tipping motion.  Nice!  The Lifetime Manta Kayak truly is ultra stable.  Don't believe me?  I took a video of my husband trying it again later just to show you.  (As you'll see, even when my husband showed off his lack of grace, it still didn't tip!) I've also included a video of us towing the Lifetime Manta Kayak behind the jet boat so you can see how it sits on top of the water.

Towing the Lifetime Manta Kayak behind another boat is a great way to get it from point A to point B if you are headed somewhere that is too far to paddle.  Or, if you have a large sailboat or yacht and need to keep a small dinghy on board to easily get to shore when you anchor, you might want to consider a Lifetime Manta Kayak.  It's only 10' long, weighs 60lbs, holds three adults, and you can board it from a boat without ever getting in the water.

So, now you know that using the molded carrying handle as a towing device was my family's favorite feature of the Yellow Banana.  What's your favorite feature?  Leave us a comment below and share.

Jan

Jan

Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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