While I usually would never say anything good about Worst Marine
I'll make an exception for our PVC RU-260 inflatable, at least the actual dinghy if not the oars. As far as we can recall
, we bought it in 2004 and the dinghy itself is still in near-perfect shape. We do roll it up between uses and we wipe it down before stowing it in the bag. We typically do not tow it as it slows us down and makes us vulnerable if we suddenly run into freak winds.
The internal baffle that separates the two chambers is probably going to go pretty soon, for the last year inflating one chamber pressurizes the other as if the baffle was a chewing gum bubble, but so far it does not leak.
The dinghy does not leak either air or water
. Three of the slats have broken. One oarlock broke (we row a lot) and the replacements
corrected an obvious design defect.
One oar was stolen and when we bought a replacement it cost a fortune and didn't even have the lock-down slider the holds the oar to the tube when not in use. The replacement oar also had an iron spring for the two-part detent lock and it rusted away in no-time. The original oar has some anodized material that has yet to corrode.
So, either not all PVC is created equal or care does indeed keep it in good shape.
As of right now we have the dinghy in Candeleros Bay (Mx) after having brought it up the US coast to San Fransisco and then back down around Cabo San Lucas so the UV has been plentiful.
We are now looking for a replacement, smaller dinghy that is easier to stow and that's how I came across this thread