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Old 12-07-2019, 18:26   #1
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Best Hypalon Dinghy and outboard right now

I know these things kinda go in cycles, one year Tihatsu is the best, next its Yamaha, for example. Im looking for a Hypalon inflatable, about 9 foot, with the wood or aluminum floor, air keel, and a 6 hp outboard. I have been looking at achillies with a Tihatsu(sp) thru defender. Any suggestions?I have also looked at west marine, although they have mercs and not quite the model I want inflatable wise. But they do have 30% off till sunday (I got the manager to extend it form last week as I told him Id make a decision this week) I will have a wooden scow as a backup on the foredeck. This will go in the davits or stay stowed and Ill use the scow as my main. I do have a 90 lb dog, I haven't built the scow yet, so we will see, it might not be stable enough to lift the dog into it from the water, I might have to use the inflatable as my main..regardless, that's something Ill figure out once I build it..lol.
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I think you will be fine with a Tohatsu and an Achilles.
I went with an AB myself. I believe the Mercury is a Tohatsu with different pricing and stickers, but may be wrong.
Iíd avoid a WM dinghy myself. I donít know who makes them.
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I agree
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Re: Best Hypalon Dinghy and outboard right now

Tohatsu makes the small outboards for Mercury, Nissan, Evinrude, and (IMHO) Suzuki.
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Re: Best Hypalon Dinghy and outboard right now

I've been happy with the Tohatsu 4 Hp, which is four cycle, combined with the Walker Bay dinghy with an inflated collar. The down side of the WB is that it is non-planing, but if you want, there is a sailing kit. The up side is that the dinghy is not dependent on the inflated collar for it's utility. The collar is replaceable, although ours has been through several years of direct sunlight without any sign of deterioration.
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I do have a 90 lb dog, I haven't built the scow yet, so we will see, it might not be stable enough to lift the dog into it from the water, I might have to use the inflatable as my main..regardless, that's something Ill figure out once I build it..lol. Thanks!
We also have a 40kg pooch. If the 8ft inflatable is secured across the sugar scoop stern with 3 bits of string it is stable enough to just about pick up the dog and lift him on to the boat. However, any chop or passing boat wash and it gets really interesting. One day there will be a big splash. Can't imagine doing it with a scow dinghy.

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If you read this you might change your mind about Hypalon.

https://www.boatstogo.com/PVC-vs-Hyp...able-Boats.asp
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The 9’ Achilles I have is great and does not show any of the problems that the PVC inflatables showed - hyperlon is definitely superior to PVC. WRT outboards, I recommend you look into the propane powered units. My Lehr is no longer manufactured, but there are several makes available now. No gasoline smell, no gasoline danger, and no gasoline varnish clogging the carb (that alone is reason enough to get one).
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Tohatsu makes the small outboards for Mercury, Nissan, Evinrude, and (IMHO) Suzuki.


I think Suzuki makes their own, I know from 9.9 to 20 they do, and I believe the 2.5 also. Those are the only Suzuki motors Iíve looked at.
Suzukiís were fuel injected long before the Tohatsuís were I think, which makes me think they make their own.
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Not sure which hypalon dinghy is best but I do know to never by a West Marine PVC dinghy. I bought one maybe 5 years ago and it turned sticky in one season in New England. It was under warranty so I returned it and after many many calls and emails it was replaced. That also deteriorated in one season as well. I returned it and same thing. Finally after returning 4 dinghies I was told the warranty was no longer being offered. The last one I got is as sticky as a babies Lollypop.
On a happier note the Tohatsu 6hp outboard has been outstanding.
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I bought the Achilles 270fx rib 8'9 with folding transom and a 6hp Yamaha, folds up and stores nicely in a bag when not on deck or being towed, 4 person 1000lbs. It does not plane with me (220lbs) with the 6hp and dont believe it would with the max recommended 8hp (another 25lbs) on the transom. It works very well for my needs with short hauls to marina or shore but if I was doing longer trips I would go with a longer rib and more horses.
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I have two Achillies air floor, small about 280 on the boat 7-8 years old, great shape, but out of the weather 6 months of the year.......

I bought it because I have a 12.5 foot 20 year old air floor that runs a 50 hp motor and carries 4 divers and a driver that after many many hard years use runs as new.........it spent its first 5 years inflated at a dock in the water for 6 months of the year......it was in those years I learned......YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR...
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Following. We have a Yamaha 15hp 2-cycle, that has worked perfectly through Asia, the Medd, and now the Caribb. But our custom-made hypalon dinghy (from the Philippines) is getting pretty tired, the front and side tubes have slow leaks that no can find the leak in, and the f/g hull/floor and transom are looking not-so-good! As we store our boat in Puerto Rico, and there is a WM store there, comments about the WM dinghys are very interesting.
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If you read this you might change your mind about Hypalon.

https://www.boatstogo.com/PVC-vs-Hyp...able-Boats.asp
Lost their point in the first paragraph, the translation is bad or author is lazy and never reread what they had written........it seems to be a rant on under inflated neglected inflatables (I get that point), but it has unsupported points thrown in, like the amount the two materials deflate per day........my hypalon boats don't deflate 15% per day, that would be 30% in 2 days!!!!! That is a cart load of bull droppings.......
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My Zodiac needed airing up ever time we used it, we were weekenders at the time and were only on the boat on weekends.
I think I have added air to my AB twice so far and I believe that corresponds to seasonal temps as itís two years old now.
Iíve heard that Hypalon doesnít hold air as well as PVC so I thought the Zodiac was normal when I had it, but the AB has proven that to be incorrect.
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