I bought a New Zealand
built 3M Aquapro RIB
in 1999, used it many times for exploring waterways in Eastern Australia
and stored it away from the sunlight. Sold it last year (2013) after cosmetic work on the few glued seams that were starting to peel. Great boat that gave me long service
The move to production in China
in early 2000s was fraught with quality control problems which destroyed the brand's reputation as a quality RIB
. Who's to say Aquapro is not making the same sort of comeback as other brands still made in China?