I thought the price
on the AB and apex was about the same?
Anyway, the AB has a 5 year warranty that DOES NOT transfer. So if you buy on 6 months old and you have issues shortly thereafter you are SOL.
Erik in Marathon used to sell Achilles but stopped when they moved production to China
. I'm pretty sure they changed the fabric
also as they used to make their own fabric
. I was also just asking Erik about the Inmars and he told me they have had a lot of glue failures. Warraranty repairs
not available on the E Coast!
I had a Aquapro with powder coated aluminum hull last winter and it was nice and cool. The problem was the tubes were falling off the hull. This was fixable, but then the baffle in between the chamber in the hull blew to make it one big tube with 2 valves. Didn't seem real safe to take spear fishing
as you had zero flotation if you got a small hole anywhere.
I've gone back to a hard dinghy
(custom cat skiff) for this winter, but it takes some getting used to. Mainly when anchored in calms or current
and it whacks into the back of the boat or gets stuck between the hulls.