I'd like some advice from people who are knowledgeable about aluminum RIB
I've been shopping
for a new dinghy
and a dealer has offered me a "deal" on a 11' Highfield CL340 dinghy
that was replaced under warranty. The dealer says the dinghy was only used for six months, but to my eye it appears to be older. I have been offered this dinghy for $2500US as is.
The dinghy has a 1" crack (see pictures)
on the port side just forward of the transom. The crack extends under the area where the hypalon is bonded to the hull
. This implies to me that the crack cannot be welded because it is so close to the hypalon. The dealer told me the crack can easily be fixed using G/Flex epoxy
. There also appears to be a similar crack forming on the starboard side in the same position, just forward of the transom.
How did the cracks form? The dealer tells me he suspects the owner used too large of an engine
. He speculates that put too much stress on the transom, and hence the cracks.
What are your thoughts? Should I buy this dinghy? I live aboard an older catamaran
and my wife and I and four kids
are planning to cross to the South Pacific
next year. We are looking to replace our 10+ year old dinghy with something newer that will, hopefully, require less maintenance
(ie. patching) than our existing dingy.
Thanks for the help.
Rick aboard s/v Aphrodite