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Just to add to the discussion, before I read Skip's concerns, I would have told the OP to buy the Walker Bay Genesis (which for those not familiar with it is not the plastic boat sold at West Marine, but the traditional looking RIB). So far, it has been the best tender we have owned. It is light, handles pretty well, we have not had any of the rowing issues he described, we stay dry, etc. This is in no way to discount what he said. But I wonder if they did not change some things, maybe mine have not shown up yet, or maybe I am just lucky?

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The Achilles HB 315LX (their 10' light RIB) is 128 #'s vs. the Walker Bay 310 FTL (their 10' light RIB) is 135#'s. Not much difference uh.

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The most popular dink in the Bahamas used to be Caribe. Over the past few years they seem to have had quality issues and now AB is the most popular (my unscientific anecdotal study). I have a 10'06" one with the fiberglass bottom. I would really like the aluminum bottom one but it was too pricey for me. The fiberglass seats seem to break in the AB's but since we don't usually sit down it was ok by me. Threw it out..

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Yes, but the topsides of a RIB is made up of just the inflatable tubes, where on the Walker Bay, the topsides are made up of a rigid hull and doesn't change when the tubes are deflated. That makes stowing it more difficult, as it does require more space.

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My understanding of a RIB is that its hull also doesn't fold or flatten in any way. Just the pontoon can be deflated but the rigid bit is still the rigid bit.

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The boat I believe the OP and Sailingdog are refering to is this one, clearly not as easy to stow as a traditional RIB...

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Walker Bay must have got the idea for the collar from all those WB owners that used to strap noodles to the sides for a bit better stability.

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The boat I believe the OP and Sailingdog are refering to is this one, clearly not as easy to stow as a traditional RIB...
Point taken

That looks to me like a patch-job for a not-so-clever original design.


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And just to be clear, that (boat above) is NOT the boat I am talking about. This is (below)... not the fish... or the expert good looking fishreman... or his trusty guides... no, I am talking about that thing they are floating in!


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Obviously CD is delusion again, "expert good looking fisherman"...HA!

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It is, and that is why I replied the way I did initially. It has the problems of a rigid dinghy and the vulnerabilities of an inflatable...the worst of both worlds.

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Point taken

That looks to me like a patch-job for a not-so-clever original design.

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