Time for a new dink ...
Was running a Walker Bay Genesis 310 & Tohatsu 9.8 which came with the boat
, but after several years in storage
, the tubes were in pretty bad shape and WB advised that it would cost more to re-tube than to buy a new one.
Having just retired, money
is an issue right now so I could be tempted to go with an air floor model, but they just don't ride as well as a RIB
plus I tend to use the dink for exploring away from the mothership and I think that I would be forever patching up a textile floor as I drag it over the rocks and coral
So ... I was planning on buying
a minimal spec plastic bottom inflatable
from WM as soon as a sale
comes up (which they seem to do on a regular basis) until I spotted a Zodiac Aluminum
at Defender for just less than 2BU (*boat units) https://www.defender.com/product3.js...295&id=4445464
Yes, it's a single
floor. Yes, it's PVC. Yes, it's made in China
. No, it doesn't have any fancy addons like bow lockers. I get all that. But it's a price
point I can afford as opposed to 4 -5BU for a fancy double floor Hypalon tropic special.
Here's the question(s):
Never had an Alu bottomed boat
before, what are the pros and cons versus a GRP or plastic moulded hull
I realise that a double floor would be much nicer (easier to get in, put groceries on, mount toys / batteries
etc.), but it's just going to be a run about and with an Alu hull
, would that be hard to live with after a while.
p.s. I've read enough threads about Hypalon v. PVC and one brand versus another, we all seem to have our own opinions on that, this is specifically about aluminum single
skin hulls versus plastic double floors..