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Old 06-05-2021, 11:58   #1
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Dinghy help.

I have done my fair share of dinghy research. I ultimately decided an F-RIB fits my needs, specifically an F-RIB 330. Unfortunately, these boats just arenít available for purchase. I currently own a 9.8 ft shark (inflatable sport boat brand). Itís just a little smaller than I need and takes up too much room on the foredeck where the boat will be stored. Itís not particularly friendly to deflate and store, so I keep it inflated. I would like something in the 11-12 ft range that is also fairly small once deflated and fairly easy/fast to reassemble. Iíve considered some of the folding transom boats which are new to me and I donít know the range of options. The search is still wide open. I am hoping to get a few good suggestions for the size and other criteria I mentioned above. Doesnít have to be hypalon, prefer rigid bottom.

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Russell, what part of the world are you in?
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NE FL. Bahamas cruising, 44 ft monohull.
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More knowledgable posters will probably be along shortly with better advice.


Have you looked at the drop-stitched HP floor boats? If you are going to deflate for storage they are probably the best thing available. The fiberglass folding transom designs were never especially popular and have become hard to find with the overall trend away from fiberglass and towards aluminum for RIBs.
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More knowledgable posters will probably be along shortly with better advice.


Have you looked at the drop-stitched HP floor boats? If you are going to deflate for storage they are probably the best thing available. The fiberglass folding transom designs were never especially popular and have become hard to find with the overall trend away from fiberglass and towards aluminum for RIBs.
Thanks. I am not familiar with the drop-stitched HP floor boats. Do you suggest a particular model/brand? Iím looking for about an 11-12 ft boat, I think...
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I don't have one, I have a hard (non-inflatable) dinghy. But I've looked at them at shows and dealers.


I would suggest starting your search with Highfield and Achilles.


Most people find that the HP floor lasts about half the life of the tubes because of accumulated damage from beaching and abrasion where the floor meets the tubes. In most cases it is possible to replace the floor (only) and get a few more years of service. As with any inflatable sold in recent years the quality is somewhat uneven and the warranty service poor across all manufacturers, so there is some chance of getting a lemon.



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Re: Dinghy help.

I feel like a year or two ago craigslist was inundated with ads for a folding aluminum rib with the same basic design as the F-Rib. I can't seem to find anything about them now though.

If you're in Florida, there's a new F-Rib 330 for sale on craigslist down near Miami, just posted.

https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/boa...317842202.html

Looks like they might have more than one. The price looks pretty reasonable too.
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Russell, I have a hypalon dinghy with high pressure air floor. Mine is 10í3Ē by Walker Bay. Iím very pleased with the dinghy but not happy with the company. Zero customer service. Iíve had high pressure air floor dinghies before that were PVC from a couple of off brand companies that were quite satisfactory while they lasted. As Iím sure you know PVC is cheaper but less resistant to UV and glued seam failure. I like the air floor option because it can easily be partly deflated on the foredeck or fully deflated and taken below. It is much lighter weight to lift or tow. Down side is itís less resistant to abrasion on rocky beaches.
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I feel like a year or two ago craigslist was inundated with ads for a folding aluminum rib with the same basic design as the F-Rib. I can't seem to find anything about them now though.

If you're in Florida, there's a new F-Rib 330 for sale on craigslist down near Miami, just posted.

https://miami.craigslist.org/brw/boa...317842202.html

Looks like they might have more than one. The price looks pretty reasonable too.
I wanted to thank you. Cruisers Forum to the rescue. I actually purchased an F-RIB based on the link you provided. I had previously searched without success, including contacting dealers in Europe and the factory directly. I guess I owe you a beer.

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I'm glad it worked out for you. Let us know how you like it once you get a chance to use it for a while.
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Agreed on Walker Bay customer service being trash.

I have a Genesis 310 and LOVE IT. I broke a trim tab and lost my bench when the RIB flipped over during a tropical storm. Walker Bay doesn’t handle their own parts, and their distributor sucks. Placed an order, heard nothing for months. Started calling, emailing, leaving voicemails. Nothing. Was billed. Finally had to email and threaten a chargeback to get a reply...then the parts magically arrived. 6+ months after order...

Great boats, horrible service.
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