I spent a while working for my friend in his canvas shop. I can say that there are plenty of good uses for velcro and depending upon conditions, it's can be a Godsend.
I think really a great deal depends on where you're boating
as far as this conversation goes. In the Sea of Cortez
, I'd recommend as light reflecting as you can get, and minimal velcro. Just the heat would cause the glue on the velcro glued to the tubes to be a problem.
Getting 10 years out of yours says quite a lot. 4-5 years in So Cal
sun will break down the thread used to sew it all together. Restitch it and go another 4-5 years and the canvas should be about toast. But I'm talking about 24/7 exposure.
All dingy chaps are a pain in my book. But if your need them, you need them. Just do what works for you.
I personally have spent way too much money
on what I thought I need because other people had one, so I must need one.
After all of that, a friend of mine has a white hypalon dink. I instantly noticed that a LIGHT GRAY piece of material on the same boat
was a GREAT DEAL hotter to touch than the white. He gets by with no chaps at all. My next inflatable
would be white if I could get the model I want that way.