I'm in the market for a new dinghy and came across a vendor I am not familiar with, Coastal Inflatables. They are going to be at the New England Boat show in Feb.
Originally I was looking at high end inflatables such as the AB ultra light aluminum RIB and other hypalons in the 10' foot range. I really like the AB but it's listed at $4,300. Coastal which is "new generation" PVC with an aluminum deck (not RIB) is listed at $1,200 (2012 prices). For that price I can buy a new one every few years and still come out ahead. The other hypalons I looked at were about twice the price of the Coastal.
The "new generation" PVC supposedly has better UV protection. Their PVC thickness is 1100 and is glued not welded. (Although they claim that the molecular interaction of their glue actually creates a weld, it's just that they use glue rather than heat.)
I'm planning on going to the NE boat show to check them out, but would appreciate any feedback if anyone has had any experience with Coast Inflatables.
I use the inflatable in the northeast, it stays in the water May through October. Weight is an important factor because I sometimes tow the dinghy with me for weekend cruising. My old inflatable was a PVC West Marine made by Zodiac and I got 10 years out of it under this type of use.
Last edited by CalypsoP35; 11-30-2012 at 07:58 AM.
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