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Check out the Walker Bay Odysseys on Defender.com. Less than $1000 on sale. We bought one 2 years ago. Inflatable floor is pretty rigid. Larger tubes the WM and many more d rings. Better quality transoms also. Our small 9 ft one has 1100 lb capacity...rate the WM ones to that.

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I would 2nd the walker bay, I know thread asked about the west dinks but I have been impressed with the Walter bays.
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I would 2nd the walker bay, I know thread asked about the west dinks but I have been impressed with the Walter bays.
I like the Walker Bay as well, nearly bought one. I did however find out that Walker Bay is currently in the process of moving their production facility to Mexico (This is all hearsay but from what I believe a reliable source) and apparently had a hard time delivering the RIB I wanted (this was in April 2009). I would wait a few months before I bought a Walker Bay to give them some time to iron out some kinks in their new production facility.

I bought an Achilles 315 DX hypalon instead.
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You may want to check out the inflatable that HMP is selling. I have seen them and they are really well built and good bang for the buck. 7'6" CDN$1075.00, 8'10" CDN$1285.00, 9'6" CDN$1359.00 and 10'6" CDN$1399.00

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On a related note, how big should the engine be to move a 9' inflatable dinghy (carrying 2 adults, 1 child) ?
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I have ordered a Saturn SD290 with an inflatable floor. It was $900 including shipping. It is a PVC boat. The photos look good . I will recieve the boat this week. My problem with the portobotes is the seats. They show the hull all nice and folded but where do you store the seats??? I have a walker bay 8 but it is too tippy and only carries two people. We want something that we can use for snorkleling that we can climb back into and that is stable in waves. FWIW we like the WB-8 even with it's limitations. Unfortunately they want a lot for the stabilization tubes( the cost of an inflatable) or we would have went that route. Why the heck do the tubes cost soooo much???
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. My problem with the portobotes is the seats. They show the hull all nice and folded but where do you store the seats???
I considered the porta-botes too, but two problems. One is how difficult is it to assemble on the deck of my sailboat and the second was how difficult it was to even it a good response from the porta bote folks when I was in the market to buy. It would really be a problem should I have a warrenty issue.
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A 2 HP will move it... however, if you want to get up on plane, you'll need more engine. Be careful though, you don't want to get an engine that is too big and heavy for your crew to easily put on and remove from the dinghy. I'd recommend looking at a 4-6 HP engine at the most.

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We bought a Zodiac Fastroller with the high pressure air floor about five years ago and love it. I've looked at the similar WM model, and like the features of the Zodiac.

PVC vs. Hypalon is a factor if you're in FL or the tropics. We're in the Great Lakes, so it's not such a factor.
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Even though we are going to be in the tropics, we are probably going with a West Marine PVC inflatible. One of the biggest reasons for doing this is that dinghies get stolen- a lot. I'd rather risk having a dinghy that will only last 3-4 years for under $1,000 than having a superb hypalon that will last 10+ years for almost double that amount that gets stolen because the thieves know that a hypalon boat is far more valuable.

I'm also considering painting the dink hot pink to discourage theft. lol
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Are the West Marine dinghies any good? They were fairly inexpensive (the rollup being cheapest).
I think you'll find that WM dinks are dinks made by top named brands for WM


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On a related note, how big should the engine be to move a 9' inflatable dinghy (carrying 2 adults, 1 child) ?

We have a 9' rollup dink w/ 3.5hp merc, moves 4 adults around nicely
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