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09-03-2011 09:21 PM
air floor

My floor is tight after a couple years, never really add air over a week or so. Mine is WM too, but I think it is made by zodiac. The floor is removable for cleaning but I store it with floor in. It's a pretty heavy duty floor for its light weight.

09-02-2011 05:23 PM
oceangirl Thanks for the info.
08-30-2011 09:20 PM
Air Floor

My hi-pressure air floor was airtight for about 7 yrs.The valve leaked and was replaced twice.After 8 yrs the flloor needs to be reinflated approx every two days.I'm thinking about trying some inflateable leak stopper but every other day isnt too bad.
Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37 #139
08-30-2011 08:47 AM
oceangirl Thanks for the info.
* inflatable floor folks, I was working at west marine when they first came out. There were many problems with the floor leaking and the difficulty to repair such an unusual floor.
Have you have any issues with the floor?
If you developed a floor leak was the repair successful?
When you roll up the dinghy, you roll up the floor and all? Or do remove the floor?

never considered the air floor, you guys got me curious.

Thanks for the help,
Mrs. Rain Dog
08-30-2011 12:03 AM
niftynickers Hi,
Aboard our 37 we have had a West Marine (Avon) hypalon HP280 since 2002.The HP stands for high pressure floor.This dink has been used and abused and my only complaint is with the rubstrake that has come unglued twice.It no longer looks pretty but it doesnt leak and has never been stolen.Rolled up it stows well on the foredeck in front of the mast.With a 6 hp engine it will plane with one passenger which is important in the Bahamas where the anchorages are far from town sometimes.
Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37 #139
08-29-2011 12:46 PM
TohatsuGuru For information purposes only.

280 Dynamic Light RIB 2011 Model White Hypalon Free Shipping - Solution One Maritime LLC

You could go either PVC or Hypalon....PVC has limited life compared to Hypalon.
08-20-2011 11:54 AM

Thanks for the tip on the gig harbor and Honda OB. I said my dink was a roll up, but it does have a high pressure floor. It's a west marine deal I paid less than $1000 for and weighs around fifty lbs.

08-20-2011 11:18 AM
ralopata Another option is a dink with a high-pressure inflatable floor. They're a bit lighter than wood-floored models and some come with an inflatable keel that also helps them get up and go. The high-pressure floor is quite firm and stable once you get it pumped up.

Since we don't like to tow the dink offshore and like to keep the deck clear, we deflate ours and stow it in the lazarette offshore (but we have a larger locker on the 40). We've had a Bombard (a brand which I think was manufactured by Zodiac) for about 10 years that we've been pretty happy with, but it's mostly been used for short-distance travel in fairly calm waters.

For long-distance trips that are often necessary in the Caribbean, I'm not sure it would be adequate.

Roger Lopata
PSC 40 -- #46
08-20-2011 10:08 AM
Originally Posted by cheoah View Post
. I'm thinking of going to the smallest Honda OB; getting the motor on the dink from the rail can be sketchy in a bouncy anchorage.
FYI: When I was looking at the Honda OB 2.5 last year, they could not sell it unless you bought it with the boat, I tried several places, don't know why. I ended buying the Suzuki 2.5 instead, both are about the same weight.

My dink is showing it's age, I'm currently patching it now. There is a foldable boat (, the downside is I don't think you could be it together on the deck.
08-19-2011 11:50 PM
samchristo A nesting Gig Harbor Navigator will fit behind the mast. We have one but decided to not take it cruising as putting it together in anything but calm conditions is a bit of a challenge. But it is a truly fine boat.
So we took our Avon rollup until it died and recently replaced it with an Achilles rollup. We like the more durable floor as we carry around bikes and other things that like to make holes in boats.
The RIB's are nice and fast but they are also very heavy and very bulky. We opted for easy to launch and store and decided we're really not in that much hurry to get anywhere.
Good luck,
s/v Grace PSC34
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