RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
Old 08-19-2009
scottbr's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Georgian Bay
Posts: 395
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
scottbr is on a distinguished road
Titan Inflatables not sure availablility in US
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 09-17-2009
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 198
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Newport41 is on a distinguished road
After much research we are looking at buying an aluminium hulled RIB. Here in canada there are many to choose from. Titan, AB, Aquapro, amongst others. I have to strongly disagree with Admiral. Aluminium boats have been around for years. I'm not sure what makes him think a scratch in the paint of an aluminium hulled RIB would be any different than the corrosion that occurs on the thousands of bare aluminium boats on the ocean. And the weight savings is significant. More than 30%. I realize this is an old thread but I don't understand why anyone wouldn't get an aluminium RIB
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 09-17-2009
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 395
Thanks: 1
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 7
noelex77 is on a distinguished road
I am also looking at a new RIB. Aluminium has a significant weight advantage, but I presume the thin aluminimum used on yacht RIB's cannot usually be welded, making repairs difficult. (note pvc is also almost impossible to repair)
A friends 1 year old Aquapro is falling apart, so I would avoid this brand.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 03-19-2013
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: San Pedro, CA
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jeflaba is on a distinguished road
Send a message via ICQ to jeflaba Send a message via MSN to jeflaba Send a message via Yahoo to jeflaba
Re: RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom

I recently replaced my 12 year old AquaPro dinghy. This was their smallest model. It was PVC, 7'8" long, and had a 22 mm aluminum bottom. What happened was that several of the seams seemed to fail all at once. A very knowledgeable repair shop (they service offshore lifeboats) said that it would have to be completely rebuilt and cost more than a new one. I was bummed as the aluminum hull was still in great shape.

However, I got a great deal on the exact same model but in Hypalon. It is a little heavier but better made with a nice rotomolded seat with a little storage area and strengthened handles and oarlocks. The new oars are aluminum and plastic instead of wood but there are Velcro loops to secure them inside the boat as well as at the stern when in the oarlocks. Two features I really appreciate are the stronger tow eye which is part of the aluminum hull and the rub rail which does a much better job of preventing spray from coming ups the sides while underway.

Hypalon is much more resistant to UV and more repairable compared to PVC. The one thing missing is the rubber keel strake which I will need to add.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 03-19-2013
TQA's Avatar
TQA TQA is offline
Bombay Explorer 44
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,616
Thanks: 0
Thanked 49 Times in 45 Posts
Rep Power: 6
TQA is on a distinguished road
Re: RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom

AB ali dinks are the gold standard in the Caribbean cruising community.

One downside to most ali dinks is the sloping floor and it is the reason why I chose the grp version. The chances of a slip or turned ankle are just too great for me.

US supplier CLICKY

Despite comments made by other posters

Corrosion does not seem to be an issue.

Welding ali of the thickness used in the floor is easy for an experienced welder esp. with the use of a copper backing. Some other makes of ali dinks have problems with the transoms cracking and I have seen several after repairs which looked just fine.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 03-19-2013
SchockT's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,425
Thanks: 1
Thanked 27 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 3
SchockT is on a distinguished road
Re: RIB Dingy with aluminum bottom

We have an 8.5ft Aquapro that we are very happy with. It weighs less than 100lbs which makes it really easy to lift onto the doredeck without a winch.

Unfortunately the local dealer, River Marine, just went out of business, and their inventory was auctioned off last weekend. Hopefully someone else will pick up the line because they are excellent value.
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cleaning aluminum water tank rbtpfe9 Gear & Maintenance 18 12-27-2010 11:31 AM
How long does race bottom prep last? paulmcquillan Racing 5 05-09-2006 06:25 AM
Bottom paint for dinghy? prussell Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 07-24-2003 01:10 PM
Gelcoat vs. painted bottom czibailo Racing 2 01-31-2003 02:55 PM
Dingy davits 928frenzy Gear & Maintenance 0 06-18-2002 10:35 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:56 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.