First impressions of the Classic 310 alum RIP.
I have owned a series of inflatatables since 1995 beginning with an Avon
Redcrest and finally 2 Aquapros aluminum
RIBs. The last Aquapro, which was poorly manufactured in China
began coming apart and was finally replaced last week with the Highfield C310
Classic 310 - Highfield Boats
is available in Hyaplon or PVC.
construction is very robust and very neat
6 welded on lifting rings
powder coated aluminum
two seat locations (comes with one seat)
cushioned removable waterproof seat cover with multiple zippered pockets
two welded bow eyes
2 robust towing D rings
bow locker (accommodates 3 gallon fuel
non skid on floor and bow locker
very robust rub rail
17" Ø tubes, large diameter alum oars (stowed inside, strong oar locks)
multiple hand hold straps on top of tubes glued on sub assembly (good!)
cover, repair kit, pump, and heavy duty waterproof bag
velcro loop to manage painter inside a port bow
Boat appears light and fast.... planes easily with 2 adults with an 8hp
robust hand holds at stern and bow. Dry! Bow locker makes a great rear facing seat.
Cost for the PVC is very reasonable. Hypalon version is about $1,000 more.
This is an Italian design, with parts
apparently manufactured in Poland
? and assembled in China
. My second Aquapro had paint
adhesion problems and I see AB now does the alum. boats without paint
. We'll see how this one holds up. Expectation is 5-8 yrs. Tows well... bow seems to be a bit high (drier?) Interior
volume is larger than the Aquapro of the same length
I am very pleased with everything about this boat... especially the bow locker to keep the fuel
(hose runs under the the sole). I would have preferred a darker gray... this is almost white and shows dirt too easily.
OAL first impressions... 2 thumbs up! We'll see how long this lasts.