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Old 09-06-2009, 15:58   #31
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I am also looking at a new dink for the eastern Caribbean. I now have an Apex 10ft. with a Yamaha Enduro 15hp 2 stroke. It will plane with 4 adults but is a little skittish. My research is indicating an AB aluminum bottom RIB of the same size. The AB seems to be a little more stable and drier. It has a double bottom which gives it a flat floor as well as more flotation.

As for where to buy. AB is manufactured in Columbia which is close by and Apex is manufactured in Costa Rica which is even closer.
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Old 09-06-2009, 16:06   #32
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You can't go wrong with an AB. I have the 10'06" Lite. I love their aluminum RIB but it was a bit pricey for me.
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Old 09-06-2009, 18:14   #33
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I found to my cost that PVC is a No No down here in NZ, I have a Walkerbay RID, the PVC tubes started to deteriorate within the first year but I didn't recognize just what the problem was before the 1 year warranty expired (see earlier post re Walkerbay) So after protracted discussions with both the local Walkerbay rep and Walkerbay themselves (who basically called me a liar) I had to spend another $1000.00 for a Hypalon replacement, the tubes are holding up OK. although they always seem to need pumping up. The Walkerbay logo on both sides has succumbed to sunburn and the fabric handholds have recently been replaced with a local style of hand hold as they had rotted out in less than 9 months, (not Walkerbays later solid handhold version), under warranty, The use of the local one was probably a decision made by the local distributor, they are ugly but at least they are useable. I was surprised at the sunburn on the Logo and that the local distributor said that the original handholds only had a 1 year warranty as against the 5 year warranty for the tubes after all they are part and parcel of the same thing, but as I have learnt to my cost Walkerbay do things differently.
PVC no no no, Walkerbay RID's basically a good product but let down by a poor choice of materials (certainly for this part of the world) and shocking customer care / satisfaction skills.
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Old 09-06-2009, 18:24   #34
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Have any of you tropical cruisers used 303 protectant or similar product?
Wipe it on and UV damage is a thing of the past. Of course you have to keep putting it on. Maybe every month. Or in the tropics- every 20 minutes.
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