I have a Achilles LSI88 with a Yamaha F6. We have used it two seasons each 3 months long. One in Maine
and another in Nova Scotia
. It great! We stow it in a locker when going offshore
and it's light enough for one person to flip inflated on the fore deck
when day sailing
. I hate towing a dingy, it's noisy and slow. This thing will plane with two adults. Never had problems with deflating and never have had to top it off.
We used to have a AB hard bottom about a foot longer than the LSI88. It was very stable but very very heavy and took a heavy engine
to move it well. I figured that towing it was worth a knot
and that's with the engine
on board the mother ship. Bringing it on board for passages was a real pain and I never liked having it on the foredeck in fought weather
I am sold on the inflatable bottom Achilles. They are very well made. The only thing I don't like is the high placement of the oars. They hit the topsides sometimes when alongside. I am thinking of taking them off and having straps installed to hold them on the inside of the tubes.
Interesting idea with the carpet.