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For Crazy Fish I purchased an Achilles LSI 335 - 11' dinghy with inflatable floor weighing 91 lbs 3 years ago.

It replaced a 10' foot Avon Roll Up with a plastic floor that weighed about 20lbs more.

A 2 stroke 15 HP Mercury outboard drives it. Purchased the outboard used off Ebay out of Wisconsin (limited fresh water use only).

It may be a bit larger then some might desire but I use it a lot for scuba diving and make some longer runs in it to get to decent sites. Will easily plane with 2 divers and their gear.

The inflatable floor made of hypalon has held up well. It can be easily removed and replaced if needed. This summer during a 2 week cruise we put some small holes into it which I believe came from the West Highland Terrier jumping into the dinghy from the big boat and driving the nails from her rear feet into floor. Patched the holes and covered the floor with a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet. Before heading off crusing I will likely buy another floor.

Otherwise the boat has held up well, motors well and with the dinghy wheels is easy to beach.

When underway the boat normally sits folded up in front of the mast between the mast pulpits. To inflate its un-rolled and laided across the the lifelines.

Marc Hall
Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37
 

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Tell me about the protective carpet cover for the air floor. I have a LSI 290 that we have taken to the Bahamas twice. This year it was punctured by sandspurs stuck in the bottom of a shoe and would leak down in a couple of days. I have it at home patching it now. Some people on the web advise covering the floor with outdoor carpet or a clear vinyl office chair floor pad. I've looked at both in stores and wondered how I'd deal with their heavy, bulky, sandy, wet mess on the boat. How big is your carpet? What do you do with it when the boat is deflated?

[I noticed that the 2014 LSIs have a heavier dark gray air floor.]

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The outdoor carpet is cut to fit over the entire inflatable floor with holes to allow access to the floor and keel valves.

Not that heavy even when wet. If it gets sandy, I toss it into the ocean to rinse it off.

When the boat is deflated, its left in place, rolled up and stored with the boat.

Marc Hall
Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37
 
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