Well you are right about the weight but it's a trade off I am willing to make...for now. But with all the inlets and if you were think of within 100 yards of shore give or take you can go with the inflatable. I could use the inflatable in Chatham along the south shore beach and then along Morris island to spots on the western shore of South beach. It's just that I would think twice about heading over to north monomoy. Techically I probably could a low tide.