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Old 30-03-2013, 22:35   #16
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

RE air floors: something to check before buying is how long the warranty on the floor is for. Many mfgs limit the floor to one year vs the 5+ years on the rest of the dink. There IS a reason for this! We've only had one experience ourselves, but have seen several others with gross "hernias" in the HP floor, and no guarantee service available.

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Old 05-04-2013, 22:34   #17
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

I have a 9' AVON with high pressure floor. Its about 10 years old, I bought it used. Its hypolon, with big tubes. Its great. Fairly light, easy to stow. I use a yamaha 4 on the back, and it goes ok, not planing though.

However, I also had a SATURN with inflatable floor, and it was awesome...highly recommend...and the prices for brand new are very low. Its a really well made boat, big tubes, very rugged, and very seaworthy. If I had to do it again, I'd get the SATURN.

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I've had a couple AVONS, and they never let me down, so I'm loyal to the brand. I've also had a real ZODIAC and an AIR CONCEPTS, both brand new...both were junk.
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Old 05-04-2013, 22:59   #18
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

That TAKACAT looks good but may be a tad wet.
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Old 05-04-2013, 23:44   #19
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

Ive GOT AN ALMOST NEW Mercury 11 foot HP Hypalon dink I only used 4-5 times & was bought to ship to Greece, but never did, will sell for $500
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WE HAVE A 7.5 FT SATURN ON OUR VEGA 27 ....BIG TUBES...WELL MADE VERY LITE...XCELLENT PRICE....DROP SHIP FROM IMPORTER IN MIAMI
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

Owned a Hypalon 3.5 metre Zodiac for 10 years. Never had an issue with it (kept under cover when not in use), but that being said I never spilt gasoline directly on it !!!

Current one is a 3 metre Chinese PVC zodiac copy. Quite durable and have packed it away probably 30 times. Alloy floor in 4 seperate pieces. 20 mins to set up and pump up but only 5 to dismantle. Would be good if you can get an air floor as the alloy is a pain in the butt depending on how you intend to use it.

FYI - 3 metre PVC, alloy 4 piece floor, wih 190 kg's of payload it will plane on my 8hp Mercury (American built). Top speed 32 kmh. Have to sit mid ships to get it planing but once cruising can move towards the back again. I recommend 10 HP for planing a 3 metre zodiac or similar.
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WE HAVE A 7.5 FT SATURN ON OUR VEGA 27 ....BIG TUBES...WELL MADE VERY LITE...XCELLENT PRICE....DROP SHIP FROM IMPORTER IN MIAMI
Where did you source it?
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

That Saturn line looks pretty good, they have lots of sizes and even have catamarans like the Takacat... Inflatable Catamaran Mini Cat MC290.
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I'll look at them, but the Cat design has me pretty much sold. I'm struggling with the logistics of rolling.... any dink. If I have to go ashore to roll (not enough deck room), how do I get back to the CAL? I am beginning to think of going back to towing as I have done in the past.

Anyone have experience with a Lehr Propane Outboard?
Cap, this is a relatively new deal. But here have been a LOT of discussions about it on various forums. Try Google, and read away.
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

I'm struggling with the logistics of rolling.... any dink. If I have to go ashore to roll (not enough deck room), how do I get back to the CAL? I am beginning to think of going back to towing as I have done in the past.

even on the 28 you should be able to roll it up, might be a "messy roll" though. Cant you just put it athwartships forward and let the air out?
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Cap,

A Saturn is in the economy priced range yet quite the bang for the buck.

Personally I'd never be caught in anything less than an AB or Caribe RIB. But I don't live at a dock and I need a robust dink for my wife and I for daily use.

But for your needs you should consider the Saturn.
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Re: High Pressure Air Floor Dinghy

Capngeo, I played with my Lehr 2.5 today on an inflatable with a high pressure floor. The boat is an Airborn Bare Bones inflatable flats boat. Had a nice day on the water. That's not me in the photo. I'm much better looking.
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