Originally Posted by CSY Man
Sent him an email
with my HIN and asked where the boat
is made, he said:
LSI is what I have, the air floor models, looks like the rest is made in China
Achilles has some models that are built in China
and some models that are built in Japan
. Every Achilles boat
built in China goes back to Japan
, before it is packaged and before it is shipped to a Distributor or Dealer.
, itself, as well as the valves and other fittings, are all shipped to China for production. Not cheap
to do that and all sourced in Japan.
That approach is less about cost savings from labor or from lower quality materials [simply not the case]. Their fabricating in China and trans-shipping to Japan for boxing and inspection
reduces any savings. The reason is more about managing production, since the Achilles boat division is a fairly small division of a much, much larger parent company. Google
Achilles Japan and see what they do. You will likely be surprised (maybe tickled).
economic sanctions on Chinese sourced product and, possibly higher tariffs coming on January 15th, there will likely be a reason to buy Japan-built boats versus the China-built boats.
I have not seen a higher failure rate of claim rate on models that are built in China versus models that are built in Japan.
The failure rate of Achilles boats, as a line, is a lower percentage of sales in comparison to other brands I see. However, few brands are higher than 2% of production. Typically about 1%-1.5% of production see a failure during the warranty period and, in my years of seeing boats the majority of issues are from under-inflation of the tubes (negligence).
Since I started in this business 35 years ago, I have sold
over 70,000 inflatables. Many different brands.
My name is Stephan and I own an Achilles HB-280DX that was built in China, shipped to Japan for inspection and have not had an issue with her ever. She sits in the davits
of our Lagoon
cat when my wife and I are not dinking about.
If I could not afford an Achilles, my next choice would be a fully welded PVC Zodiac
product [only one built in Ayguesvives, France] where the seams, d-rings, transom and all attachments are welded. Though the new Chinese-built Zodiac
Cadets are a close second, despite it's glued-on fittings and glued transom cuff.
Happy Holidays to you all.