First impressions of the Classic
310 alum RIP.
I have owned a series of inflatatables since 1995 beginning with an Avon
Redcrest and finally 2 Aquapros aluminum
RIBs. The last Aquapro, which was poorly manufactured in China
began coming apart and was finally replaced last week with the Highfield C310
Classic 310 - Highfield Boats
is available in Hyaplon or PVC.
construction is very robust and very neat
6 welded on lifting rings
powder coated aluminum
two seat locations (comes with one seat)
cushioned removable waterproof seat cover with multiple zippered pockets
two welded bow eyes
2 robust towing D rings
bow locker (accommodates 3 gallon fuel
non skid on floor and bow locker
very robust rub rail
17" Ø tubes, large diameter alum oars (stowed inside, strong oar locks)
multiple hand hold straps on top of tubes glued on sub assembly (good!)
cover, repair kit, pump
, and heavy duty waterproof bag
velcro loop to manage painter inside a port bow
Boat appears light and fast.... planes easily with 2 adults with an 8hp
robust hand holds at stern and bow. Dry! Bow locker makes a great rear facing seat.
Cost for the PVC is very reasonable. Hypalon version is about $1,000 more.
This is an Italian design, with parts
apparently manufactured in Poland
? and assembled in China
. My second Aquapro had paint
adhesion problems and I see AB now does the alum. boats without paint
. We'll see how this one holds up. Expectation is 5-8 yrs. Tows well... bow seems to be a bit high (drier?) Interior
volume is larger than the Aquapro of the same length
I am very pleased with everything about this boat... especially the bow locker to keep the fuel
(hose runs under the the sole). I would have preferred a darker gray... this is almost white and shows dirt too easily.
OAL first impressions... 2 thumbs up! We'll see how long this lasts.