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Old 09-19-2019, 09:41 PM   #1
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Feed back on West marine dinghy

I am considering the purchase of a West Marine 11-foot hayplon rib
Feed back good or bad?
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:22 PM   #2
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Iíve had one for 2 years. Leave it outside. No issues.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:49 AM   #3
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Mine has been hanging on the back of my boat for 3 years and seems OK.


It is a single hull bottom, hypolon.


The finish seemed to oxidize pretty fast for winters in FL, Summers in NJ....but not too bad and I can't say any worse than other RIBs.


If may be slightly lesser quality than some but on sale, it was very nicely priced.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:19 AM   #4
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My West Marine Hyplon is fine after 1 year. Aluminum bottom and sole. The price was right.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:18 AM   #5
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I have had one of their 10' hypalon compact ribs since 2006. It is still doing fine. Mine is west marine branded but was made by zodiac.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:24 AM   #6
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I have a 10ft hypolon. I wish I had purchased a brand with more beam. The west marine is a bit skinny. Also with a 10hp it is hard to get on plane with one person. It is very nose up with engine at the lowest angle possible. When it finally levels out it it is ok but very twitchy. I added a whale tail on the motor and that heped alot. It is better mannered with two. A friends AB is a nicer boat.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:31 AM   #7
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My 3.10 single hull West planes nicely at around 15knots with a 8hp Yammie 4stroke with up to about 400 pounds of people and gear. Larger loads it seems like a 9.9 would be fine as it "almost gets on plane" and might if I played with trim a bit more...but maybe not.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:14 AM   #8
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My 3.10 single hull West planes nicely at around 15knots with a 8hp Yammie 4stroke with up to about 400 pounds of people and gear. Larger loads it seems like a 9.9 would be fine as it "almost gets on plane" and might if I played with trim a bit more...but maybe not.
Mine (West Marine Rib 275) would plane well with 2 people. 9.9 Suzuki 4 stroke.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...SABEgIuwPD_BwE

I painted the aluminum bottom with aluminum bottom paint and the tubes with the appropriate paint. Since then it has slowed way down. Just being able to plane with 1 person. Very odd?
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:23 AM   #9
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My 10.3 is a little narrow but comes right up on plane with 9.8 tohatsu and 2 aboard. I did have some separation that was repaired under warranty. Click image for larger version

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