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Inflatable boat bargain alert!

If you are in the market for a new inflatable boat you may be interested in Amazon's markdown process. I was watching the Walker Bay Odyssey HP floor PVC 10 footer and it dropped from about 1200 to 838 in a short time. I got it. I notice the Hypalon version is now down to about 1700 from over 2100 a month ago. The generally have one each boat and mark them down at the end of the season until they are gone. Price seems to drop about 50/day. Here is the link to the Hypalon 10'2" Odyssey.

Amazon.com: Walker Bay Odyssey 310AF Hypalon 4 Person Inflatable Air Floor, 10 - Feet 2 - Inches: Sports & Outdoors

They probably have a few other sizes as well.

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If you have Amazon Prime, you can even have it shipped overnight for only $3.99.
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Gene T,

We bought the Oddessey 310 3 years ago from Defender for $900 on a sale day with free shipping. You got a good deal. We like the dink..especially the stability of the larger than average tubes.

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Thanks Dave, I think we are going to like it. I couldn't pass it up for that price. I have only inflated it once in the back yard just to see what it looks like.

How do you determine the proper pressure? I see WM sells a pressure gauge that might fit.

Have you tried removing the floor to reduce weight while packing it away? Not sure how much it weighs but it might help a bit.

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Yep, for those of us on an even cheaper budget- I got an 11' (6 man) Sevylor PVC inflatable for $100 (about half price, with free shipping and no tax) from Amazon warehouse deals last year.

It's not as durable as hypalon, but I'm pretty happy with it.
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Maybe these are going on sale because duPont no longer makes hypalon?
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Maybe these are going on sale because duPont no longer makes hypalon?
Which should actually make them more desireable. Hypalon is far superior to PVC.

Thanks for the heads up on Amazon. I hadn't thought to look there for a new dink. The bottom is falling out of my Zodiac PVC dink and I'm not spending good money after bad to fix it. It'll be a long time before I own another Zodiac product or PVC dink.

Lastly, what say folks about air floors? I've only been in an air floor dink once and it was pretty nice but it does seem to have some potential problems. I'm leaning towards a wood floor hypalon model most likely an Achillies. I was planning to see what deals Defender has during their warehouse sale.
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Which should actually make them more desireable. Hypalon is far superior to PVC.
Agreed, but PVC is also massively cheaper, and stows easier. I can buy a brand new PVC raft for 1/4 the price of a 30 year old hypalon raft with holes, and it will probably last me decades since I don't use it very often, and I protect it from UV exposure and abrasion.

I admit, on dinghy docks I'm always afraid it will get popped by a nail, another dinghys motor, etc. so I usually carry it on the beach instead. The durability of hypalon would be nice to have!

My entire cruising sailboat and equipment- including pvc dinghy with electric trolling motor cost less than a good deal on a brand new hypalon raft.

I'm pretty sure they'll still make chlorosulfonated polyethylene rafts (what hypalon is) but just with brand names other than Hypalon. They'll probably be cheaper without the brand name, but just as durable.

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Agreed, but PVC is also massively cheaper, and stows easier. I can buy a brand new PVC raft for 1/4 the price of a 30 year old hypalon raft with holes, and it will probably last me decades since I don't use it very often, and I protect it from UV exposure and abrasion.

I admit, on dinghy docks I'm always afraid it will get popped by a nail, another dinghys motor, etc. so I usually carry it on the beach instead. The durability of hypalon would be nice to have!

My entire cruising sailboat and equipment- including pvc dinghy with electric trolling motor cost less than a good deal on a brand new hypalon raft.

I'm pretty sure they'll still make chlorosulfonated polyethylene rafts (what hypalon is) but just with brand names other than Hypalon. They'll probably be cheaper without the brand name, but just as durable.
Apparently the glue is the problem with PVC. It is common for the bottoms of PVC dinks to come unglued at 5 years of age or so. PVC gasses off and breaks down the glue and the seams just come apart.

I took my dink in for a patch a couple of years ago and the guy told me to expect the seams to break down soon and sure enough large sections of the bottom are coming out, just as he predicted. He indicated the problem was with all PVC boats but Zodiac's were particularly notorious for this problem. You can glue it back but it'll just fall out again sooner or later.
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"How do you determine the proper pressure?" On an older dink with glued seams....I can tell you that rock-hard with a foot pump is all it takes to literally pop the seams.
If you don't want to use a pressure gauge (I don't know anyone who actually does) you probably want "firm enough not to fold" and leave it a tad on the soft side.
Securing a patch/plug kit in the dink is probably also a good idea, no matter how gentle you are with it.
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