Jim is correct. You will have it on the foredeck most of the time unless you have davits
. I enter our boat
through the stern so donít want davits
. The best material is hypalon, not PVC. Then itís a tossup between Air Floor or Fiberglass/Aluminum rib. I have an air Floor Avon
, not made anymore, going on season 16. Itís a little rough, but still ok. I think I will replace it with a fiberglass
rib when it finally bites the dust, but itís hard to beat the air floor for weight and a lack of damage bringing it on-board with the spinnaker halyard
. I store the motor
on an Edson
stern rail mount and use an Ocean Marine
Systems crane that I can handle the 5HP Lehr with one hand. I generally tow when cruising to increase my visibility forward from the cockpit
, motor not on the dinghy. In rough conditions and when not cruising, itís between the mast
and the anchor windlass
on the foredeck, upside down and lashed down with straps. Iíve towed across nW Gulf of Mexico passage
for 50hours, but had great conditions with seas generally 2 feet or less.
I have ridden some in a fiberglass rib and liked the ride and it seemed a little bit more stable to stand in. It will however, beat up your hull
more getting it on board. If you are going ashore on rocky shore, then air floor not a good choice. My use is sand, mud, small rounded river stones.
I know in a year or two Iím going to have to replace mine and I like the idea of the fiberglass rib, but at 70 years old, I know an air floor will run out my sailing days and it has been great so far. I think I should be able to find one as well made as the Avon
, but havenít looked yet. Hard to say what I will actually do at this point, but it will be hypalon for sure.