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Old 02-08-2020, 07:33   #1
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Highfield Classic Compared to Ultralight

I'm considering buying a Highfield 10 foot dinghy. Which one rides better in the chop a classic or ultralight? Is the external hull the same shape. Meaning do both have the same shape V? I'm wondering which one is a wetter ride in the chop? I'm guessing if they both have the same bottom then they both probably ride about same. What is your opinion?
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Old 04-08-2020, 12:56   #2
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Re: Highfield Classic Compared to Ultralight

I'm no expert, but my understanding is that they have the same hull, the classic just has the flat inner hull and forward locker welded in, which adds a little weight. I would guess that with a couple people in it, you won't notice a difference in ride or handling.
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I'm looking at a Highfield as well, took an outboard I just bought because it was cheap- 15 hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Looking at the Ultralight 260 or 290. I have a nearly new Yamaha 8 2 stroke which I would like to use, anybody have the same set up? Will it plane - I'm 200 lbs, gf is 100. Only 3 tanks of fuel run through the 8 hp
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My Highfield 2.6 planes with 2 people aboard and a 10hp Tohatsu 2stroke. Goes well, and one person can lift boat onto front deck for stowing when in open sea.
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Ultralight is lighter to lift and handle and rides well enough in chop.
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I bought the 310 cl this season. Double floor and front locker. Very dry boat and is nice to keep fuel tank in locker. I have a 6hp 4 stroke motor but will be replacing with a 10hp next season.

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The Highfield dealer I was at is claiming their PVC is made in Germany. They don't stock hypalon boats, but I can order one, for an extra 1500 bucks.... A friend has one a few years old, and the pvc is dirty and looks kinda bad. I wonder when they changed to the new PVC, and if it's any better.
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If you're a cruiser you want a dink with a flat floor. Not one that's like a canoe. Out cruising you'll lug, fuel, water and groceries. Just try running out to the mothership with the jugs and supplies in a canoe bottom boat. Go for the little extra weight and flat bottom and hypolon of course.
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I'm considering buying a Highfield 10 foot dinghy. Which one rides better in the chop a classic or ultralight? Is the external hull the same shape. Meaning do both have the same shape V? I'm wondering which one is a wetter ride in the chop? I'm guessing if they both have the same bottom then they both probably ride about same. What is your opinion?
We considered the Highfield but ended up purchasing an Oxxean 270 that weighs only 70 pounds. We use a Honda 10 hp and it easily planes with two of us. We chose the Oxxean because it has four attachment points versus 3 in the High Field for lifting on davits. The Oxxean has a high-tech PVC as opposed to Hypalon. After two years we note zero problems but the jury will be out for at least a few years regarding the durability of the PVC. Other than that I'm really impressed by the quality and performance of the Oxxean. Coupled to its light weight and double bottom, I think it a worthwhile experiment.
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We chose the Oxxean because it has four attachment points versus 3 in the High Field for lifting on davits.
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My Highfield had four attachment points. Had an AB once with only three points , put a couple of "D" rings towards the bow. Did the trick.
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