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Re: Time for a new dinghy - roll up vs. air vs. rigid floor
We just went from a 7'6" roll-up to an 8'6" aluminum hulled RIB - smallish, 60lbs, not hard to lift and fits the foredeck OK. Our rollup floor finally separated from the tubes over the summer. This new-to-us RIB rows much better, and motors fine with our 3.5 Nissan. Would plane easily with more power.
Friends have had a 9' with an air floor and it planed nicely with a 5 HP and a light load. The ability to stow and roll up was important to them.
While I expect we'll be doing more towing than in the past, we think the RIB is a much better, more comfortable tender.
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