Why are you replacing the air floor? Was it a bad idea? Or was buying
an Achilles the bad idea?
I see many glowing recommendations on the Forum for Achilles, but since they moved their production to China
... beware. I purchased a Hypalon LEX88 2 years ago. Plate says "Made In China
," not Japan
. Four warranty claims on the thing right out of the box. Within 1.5 years all plywood
items on the boat -- the "upgraded" varnished floor, and worse yet the transom -- had turned to mush. To their credit, Achilles USA gave me a full refund despite the wood elements technically being out of warranty (leaving me with no reliable transport from yacht to shore in a remote
area of the Pacific). Achilles USA refused to sell another inflatable
to me, a full-time cruiser in the tropics, because they "would not be able to support the warranty." In other words, expected warranty problems with their current
Those of you lucky to have a 16-year-old Achilles: hold on to it. Stay away from the new ones.