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07-12-2011 02:57 PM
ColinJ Not sure your requirements but I just bought a Zodiac zoom 260s for $900 and love the thing. I admit it isn't as good as some of the other models but for the price if I get 8 years out of it I'm going to be happy.

It rows well, the hard bottom is nice, i can put it together in about 10 minutes and I added wheels to the back so can get it in and out of the water myself on rocky beaches.

I haven't had it going fast because I've only got a 4hp on it that is hardly working.
07-12-2011 12:05 PM
dhays Calypso, it sounds as if you should look at a RIB.
07-11-2011 02:52 PM
CalypsoP35 I've had a West Marine inflatable (hypalon) which was made by Zodiac for 9 years now. It stays outside on a dock with no cover in the Northeast US. One of the tubes has had a slow leak that I haven't been able to find. I have bottom paint on it. It has held up reasonably well. I don't know if they've changed the design of the hard floor which is 5 plywood panels that fit together, but I hate this design. I dread having to put the floor in and take it out at the beginning and end of the season. A real PIA job. We take the engine off and tow it on cruising weekends. Overall I'm satisfied, but will probably look at other options, so I will be reading this thread with interest.
07-11-2011 01:53 PM
josrulz
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Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
yea, got mine used for cheap too...see a trend here
Ha ha! The cool part about buying used and older (besides the small investment) is that we get to try different types of dinghies out to see how we like them.

Avon #1 is a 10 footer with a plastic floor. It's very solid and tows well, but weighs about 120-130 lbs. It's a bit large for the foredeck (though it does fit) and heavy to lift. Avon #2 is a 9 footer with an air floor. It fits better on deck and weighs 70 lbs or so. It's been nice to experience both, and we've learned by owning both. Maybe next we'll try a hardshell sailing/rowing dinghy.
07-11-2011 01:44 PM
T37Chef yea, got mine used for cheap too...see a trend here
07-11-2011 01:40 PM
josrulz
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Just not a fan when compared to others. Their rub rails fail (the worst part is AVON knows it but doesn't do anything to resolve it), the oar locks are a joke, and I find them overpriced FWYG
Ahhh, I see what you mean. You're right about the design of the oar locks, and the rub rails do need to be reglued sometimes. Both annoying issues, I agree. We have two older, used hypalon Avons--we didn't set out to buy Avon specifically, just found them at a reasonable price used so we bought them. One is 17, the other 15 years old.

I don't know if we'd buy a new Avon or not, but both of these dinghies hold air and work (knock on wood), even at their current age. Not bad. This may have more to do with them being hypalon than being made by Avon, but I thought I'd mention it.
-J
07-11-2011 01:02 PM
T37Chef Just not a fan when compared to others. Their rub rails fail (the worst part is AVON knows it but doesn't do anything to resolve it), the oar locks are a joke, and I find them overpriced FWYG
07-11-2011 12:03 PM
josrulz
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T37-what happened between you and Avon?
Yeah, I was wondering the same.
07-11-2011 09:48 AM
ccher Minnewaska-seasonal use for the next 3 or so years; primarily weekend gunkholing around the Chesapeake. After going over the wall (retiring) hopefully more extensive cruising. Towed right now but may add davits. Stored on my dock. I'm leaning to hypalon and why not a RIB?-cost and less storage flexibility. T37-what happened between you and Avon?
07-08-2011 07:12 PM
T37Chef Of all the name brand Hypalon boats I would recommend staying away from AVON.
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