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Old 06-05-2013, 03:46 PM   #21
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Mine will be for sale for less than that with the motor when I get my new one.

Yes, hypalon is better. Hypalon stands up to UV better than PVC, although I store mine with my boat in a covered shed.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:50 PM   #22
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Mine will be for sale for less than that with the motor when I get my new one.

Yes, hypalon is better. Hypalon stands up to UV better than PVC, although I store mine with my boat in a covered shed.
Where are you located and what do you have?
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:30 PM   #23
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I bought a new Zodiac ZOOM inflatable online for $679 earlier this year, free shipping. It is 12' with a semi-rigid wooden bottom. By semi-rigid I mean that it folds (into three pieces) but when it is in the boat it is locked. Inflatable keel. I use a 2.5 HP Tohatsu with it, and it seems to do just fine.

When we were cruising for 5 years (Caribbean and East Coast of US) we had an even smaller inflatable (Tinker - 10')) with a 2.5 HP outboard. Easy to hoist aboard and enough power to move at a comfortable pace. That said, there were times when we were envious of the cowboys who zoomed around the harbors in their bigger inflatables. But overall the small inflatable and small motor did just fine for us.

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Old 06-05-2013, 04:36 PM   #24
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So it appears that hypalon is far superior to PVC?
Absolutely positively without a doubt!!!!!
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Mine will be for sale for less than that with the motor when I get my new one.
What model are you thinking about, Al?
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So it appears that hypalon is far superior to PVC?
It used to be yes...no comparison.....however

I've been out of the inflatable market for 25 years and will probably never go back as a serious cruiser....so I'm not sure how much better PVC has come.

Dinks for cruisers are like pickup trucks in the wilds....never tough enough and won't stay pretty unless you are a true "yachtie".
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Beachbum, mine is hypalon. Achilles LEX-96 I'm in Northern CA.

SHII, I'm hoping to look at an Achilles 315DX later this week. Also trying to pry an extra 15HP 2-stroke Merc out of my buddies fingers. The two would make a great pair at 240 Lbs.
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...so I'm not sure how much better PVC has come.

Dinks for cruisers are like pickup trucks in the wilds....never tough enough and won't stay pretty unless you are a true "yachtie".
After more than a few years in the tropics, Hypalon is king. PVC is PVC. The sun still eats it pretty fast. If you are a seasonal boater PVC may work since the cost is less. Be careful though of Hypalon dinghies that have inflatable floors or wood slats. The floors are not usually Hypalon so you have the UV issue. We had a 11.5' Avon Hypalon roll up for 7 years and loved it for the weight. It had an inflatable floor that was constructed of PVC. We cut a piece of carpet for the floor and took care of the UV issue and also gave it some puncture resistance.

We have always looked at dinghies as our car/pickup. Get the biggest your boat can handle.
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Hypalon it is. Defender has some good prices along with decent shipping rates.

Now comes the choice between a 2.5 & a 5.0hp propane outboard.

I like the 2.5 for the weight and economy.

Any other places to look at inflatables?
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ebay and craigs list...etc...etc ....used boats take a big hit no matter what they are new or used.
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ebay and craigs list...etc...etc ....used boats take a big hit no matter what they are new or used.
How can you tell if they're hypalon or not?
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How can you tell if they're hypalon or not?
Manufacturer and model and check on-line???

If you are really pressed...you might have to call or send an mail......
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Best inflatable I ever had was a Brig Hypalon with the rigid hull. 10 foot boat with an 8 hp mariner would go 25+ miles an hour and turn on a dime. Sold that boat long ago and wish I had it back. Running a 10 foot Coastal PVC boat with an air floor now. 3.3 merc on that and it is very slow but gets the job done. The Brig now goes for about $3200.00 and I bought the coastal for $600.00 new as a leftover. Its all about what you want the boat to do. currently the PVC boat gets the job done for me back and forth to the mooring. I used to fish out of the Brig. Leon
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Best inflatable I ever had was a Brig Hypalon with the rigid hull. 10 foot boat with an 8 hp mariner would go 25+ miles an hour and turn on a dime. Sold that boat long ago and wish I had it back. Running a 10 foot Coastal PVC boat with an air floor now. 3.3 merc on that and it is very slow but gets the job done. The Brig now goes for about $3200.00 and I bought the coastal for $600.00 new as a leftover. Its all about what you want the boat to do. currently the PVC boat gets the job done for me back and forth to the mooring. I used to fish out of the Brig. Leon
Thanks for the input. Maybe a PVC is in the cards. We are looking to move up in 2-3 years and I always sell everything with the boat.
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After owning several dingys I finally went with a Nautica RIB and just replaced the prop and tested it yesterday at Lake Havasu - 34mph @ 5000RPM.

Today in anticipation of a 1700 mile tow to TN it cost $125.00 for two new tires and $20.00 to have the wheel bearings repacked.

What ever tender you get just make sure it fits your need otherwise it will take up very valuable space. On a boat similar to yours I bought a Baltic inflatable and a Yamaha 9.9 layed on a set of slip on slip off davits mounted on the swim platform - worked very well and was not that expensive and it stayed clear of the water with easy access.
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That is way beyond what I want...

But it looks so sweet!
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My dingy is a MFG 12 footer - $100
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My dingy is a MFG 12 footer - $100
2011 8 hp four stroke (used) - $1000
Pics on the dinghy?

In Florida?
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Pic of the beach is Blackbeard's Island in Ga.
Great pics. We all do good things for ourselves. Unlike most of society.
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