I'm considering one of these. All of these as well:
Achilles ~ HB315AX
Caribe ~ C10
Walker Bay ~ 310FTD
AB ~ 9VS or 10VS
The folding transom on a RIB
is the thing that set off my bell. It just seemed counter-intuitive. But with a ten year warranty...WTH?
Have quote requests in to a couple vendors. Will see what they come back with.
With due respect to those that posted about their problems, unless I missed something, they were all soft bottoms?
First question to them would be: Do you deflate it and roll it up to store it on passage
or for any length of time at all?
I have an 8'6" soft bottom. It developed leaks
after I rolled it up...repeatedly. After the third time I got it to quit leaking, I kept it inflated. Now been up for almost two years, and still holds air great. But the joint from the transom to the tubes has failed (too much sun)...I ride in 4" of water
all the time. Don't even bother to put in the plug
Some kind of "fix" coming to get it sold...
Seems to me that SIB's have some inherent problems regardless of the manufacturer.
Would be good (for me, anyway) to hear from someone that has a rigid bottom, folding transom, regardless of age, and their experience.
Think it's very germane to differentiate between the soft and rigid bottom for the original poster (and me) in regards to experience.
Of note is, though it seems that on the rigid bottom, you can find on an internet
search, a reference to a fixed transom in this model, I've not been able to find that it's still available.
Anybody have one of these (Walker Bay) folding transom, rigid bottom boats? Would be good to here from you.