I bought an Endeavour
51 in June 2017 and have been fixing it as the budget
allows ever since. I’m finally getting to the point of being able to use the boat
soon. That said I’m in need of making a decision on which dinghy
will be best for our cruising lifestyle.
I built a beautiful fiberglass dinghy
from scratch which would be perfect for my hobbies of flats fishing
and spear fishing
. However, at around 300lbs(hull only) it is just too heavy to deal with lifting it every day while cruising.
So my gf and I think a inflatable rib
is the next best thing for fishing and diving
. Weight being a huge concern now, we are leaning towards an aluminum
AB 10’6” hypalon model which weighs 128 lbs. https://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?name=ab-10-al-aluminum-hull-inflatable-(rib)-10-6inch-gray-hypalon-2019&path=-1|215570|1794282|1831365&id=4463132
That all said, my gf works at west marine
and with the discount have the ability to buy the fiberglass
310 double floor model weighing 130lbs for about $2,000.
Basically the same boat
except one is fiberglass and one is aluminum
. The AB has excellent reviews
, the WM boat not very good reviews
My question to you who have experience, is the AB really worth more then twice the price
? I’m all about doing something right the first time and avoiding the hassle of warranties etc... but for me more then double the price
makes me cringe inside a little. Please help!
Sorry for the lengthy post but I wanted to be as informative as possible.