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Just purchased RDS230
I just purchased a new RDS230 for about $650 CDN. I bought it because the bottom on my Zodiac RIB was trashed while spending the night on some rocks after it got away, and I needed a replacement while the Zodiac was repaired.
These boats are definitely made in China and imported by a Canadian company, however it's the highest quality Chinese boat I've seen. It's a bit heavier than a comparable Zodiac, but the PVC also seems thicker and more resilient. The oarlocks are simpler than the Zodiac, but they also have a more solid feel because the oarlock isn't adjustable and therefore doesn't slide around on the oar. The only thing I've found that I don't like on the Rubber Duck is the air filler valves, which require a turn-and-lock attachment on the pump.
But in all I think it's a great boat, particularly for the price. My Zodiac cost four times more, but it's definitely not four times the boat.