I have this one :
Chinese PVC and therefor less quality , my wife and I made a chap for it and sofar it has lasted 4 years in the Med. summer sun .
Without a chap ( see chap picture down ) it will not last 3 year , not to say what the scorching Caribbean
sun will do to it .
Have a look at the price
in the link above and allow me to explain my philosophy underneath .
This is a 2m70 aluminum
floored spacious dinghy and you can buy four or five of them for the price
of a comparable Hypalon dinghy.
In the Med. & tropics thieves will not be interested in a PVC knowing that it will melt and stick to their *ss in no time.
They want expensive quality and will try and get from those willing ( and able) to buy it .
So the more money
you spend on a dinghy the higher the risk of it getting stolen.
Very unfair , but this is the world we live in and it will not improve considering the global overpopulation . It will get a lot worse !!
So we boaters have come to a point where we will have to go in to competition with each other and use the other guy as a lightning/theft arrester / diverter.
I too admirer some of the hypalon dinghies I see on the anchorage , but the risk of having it stolen and the sleepless nights thinking about it ( before and after the facts) overshadow that nice feeling of cruising in quality .