We bought our 40 foot Gulfstar
Sailmaster 4 years ago (2010). It came with a 9 foot inflatable
with a high pressure inflatable
floor. It was made of PVC. It worked well for 3 seasons with a 5 HP mercury outboard
. We keep our boat in Cocoa Village Florida
and we use our boat in the spring and fall. We store the roll-up Dinghy
in its case when we are not using it.
This spring, 2014, we unrolled the Dinghy, inflated it and noticed that the seams were coming apart in a few places, but it didn't look like the integrity of the Dinghy was compromised. We attached the motor
and took off north to St. Augustine, with Dinghy in tow. At St Augustine, after one ride from the mooring
field to the dock
, the transom began separating from the sides as the glue just started to peel away. we made it back to our boat, but the seams continued to fail and we just barely saved the engine
from departing with the transom to the bottom of the harbor.
We were advised by two repair services that inflatables made with PVC and with glued seams tend to come apart after 4-6 years in a Florida
. The conclusion is that this PVC dinghy, while inexpensive ($800-$1,000), should be considered a throwaway after this time period. If you want a dinghy that last you will need to invest about double the amount paid for a Baltik.
Mamieliz and Pablo