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Old 11-03-2013, 20:07   #1
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Aria Rib W/See Through Hulll

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has anyone had any experience with these?

2001 Aria 310 by AB See Thru Hull with Mariner 9.9 | SUNCOAST Inflatables. Florida

Been looking online but seems to be limited information around.
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Old 11-03-2013, 21:25   #2
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Re: Aria Rib W/See Through Hulll

Seems like it would be a pain to keep it clean enough to see anything maybe???
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Re: Aria Rib W/See Through Hulll

Several manufacturers have made clear hull dinghys. The problem is that they all get pretty badly scratched in a short time.
Here is a link to a newspaper story from 1967 about a boat called a Glasshopper:
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Re: Aria Rib W/See Through Hulll

I have that model RIB but with the ABS white hull. It's a good lightweight dinghy been very happy with it. It only weighs about 75 pounds. If light weight is important this is a good choice. It only has a single layer floor so it's not flat inside. The hull has a lot of flex so you need to keep the tubes extra hard for a good ride and to add rigidity. If you can tolerate more weight you might prefer a more rigid hull double floor dinghy that will have a flat floor and maybe storage in the bow. Haven't seen the clear model but after 12 years it might not be so clear, especially with people tracking sand into it and gear sliding around, and beach landings. You should ask the seller about that and get some good images that show clarity, if that matters to you.
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Old 13-03-2013, 13:37   #5
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I have seen the dingy, it's for sale on consignment at one of the dealers in town. The floor is still in pretty good condition but did think of the same things with getting scratched etc. to be honest it's the weight more than the flier that interests me.
Looking into the aluminium hull ones as well as I want something I can throw up on deck easily. The fact that its doesn't have a flat floor doesn't bother me much. It will be used for diving and surfing missions mostly.
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