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Old 30-12-2017, 16:07   #31
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Personally I've never seen a PVC dink last 15 years in the tropics, even Hypalon is lucky to make it if it's used a lot. I can believe a PVC dink lasting 15 years in the higher latitudes but tropics..unbelievably skeptical of that claim. I'd personally never buy a PVC dink for exclusive use in the tropics but would certainly consider one if most of its life was in the higher latitudes..If I was mixing a bit of both I'd make sure the PVC dink was covered most of its life.
My Aquapro lasted 14 years or so 60/40% nontropics to tropics. Always had chaps while in the tropics. Eventually all the glued on handles and pulls fell off, but the tubes still did not leak. I sold it to a guy in the San Blas islands.
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Old 31-12-2017, 03:04   #32
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Sorry for the thread drift but I have a 6 years old PVC dinghy which is starting to fall appart, mainly the handles and protection patches. I bought a two component glue and am very happy with the result 6 months after the first repair.

Over the last few weeks I have been wondering whether I should have the dinghy rebuild with hypalon next season or if I should buy a sunbrella cover and keep doing small repair here & there until the dink is completely dead.

A cover is at least 800 EUR for my 3.8m dink. How long will it last ? Is it even worth it ?
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And what length would be ideal for the Lagoon 450?
There is no such thing. The ideal length is the one that best suits the usual number of passengers.
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Old 31-12-2017, 05:21   #34
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I think that deep cut was assuming max passengers and working well with the davits.
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The question is still not answered but I will guess at either 310 or 340.

What the hell does 'max' mean ?
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Is there any vendor it's that sells chaps for an Achilles or did he's all have to be custom-made by a local upholsterer
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Old 31-12-2017, 07:36   #37
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You can make them yourself
https://www.sailrite.com/How-to-Make-Dinghy-Chaps-Video
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The question is still not answered but I will guess at either 310 or 340.

What the hell does 'max' mean ?
lagoon says 340 for L450, 310 is more like L400. I have 260 and is enough but may increase to 290 when time comes. Some people push to 380 and 0.5T of weight.

'max' maybe means 'mad max' guy from the movie driving dinghy to the max around anchorage ?
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Sorry for the thread drift but I have a 6 years old PVC dinghy which is starting to fall appart, mainly the handles and protection patches. I bought a two component glue and am very happy with the result 6 months after the first repair.

Over the last few weeks I have been wondering whether I should have the dinghy rebuild with hypalon next season or if I should buy a sunbrella cover and keep doing small repair here & there until the dink is completely dead.

A cover is at least 800 EUR for my 3.8m dink. How long will it last ? Is it even worth it ?
I'm assuming your in the Med so certainly not the tropics but my guess is your probably getting near end of life for the dink. PVC is a lot cheaper of course but it's a reasonable alternative in the Med..we had one and it lasted around 5 years there and we sold it in the Caribbean after we arrived and while it would have probably lasted longer in the Med I'm sure there wouldn't be much left of it now. For 800 Euro I'd be more inclined to just use your present dink until it falls apart and use the 800 Euro towards a new one. You may well get a couple of more years out of it as long as you stay there.
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Your 9VS AB weights 65 kg, the same length highfield UL290 weights 38 kg !

To the OP, if you want a big dinghy and want to pull it on the beach I think you have to go aluminium. The CL380 from highfield (or similar from other brands) is probably the biggest you can use at 82kg. I have a seaclonic 380 aluminium with honda 20hp, works great, but I would not handle anything heavier.

I am not aware of any trouble with white powder coated aluminium btw.
Hi ROM,

Do you think CL380 fits well on the 450?
I just bought a new 450 and have to choose the dinghy.

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Does no one consider that Highfeild are manufactured in China where as AB and Caribe for that matter are manufactured in America.
I personally find that as a consumer we have the power to vote with our spending. I Don't by things made in PRC.
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That will sure limit your options at Walmart.

By the way, AB products are made in Colombia.
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By the way, AB products are made in Colombia.


I saw that too, then thought Columbia is America, just not the US.
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You're getting very technical.
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