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Achilles Aluminum Rib - Opinions ?

Old 01-16-2020, 02:16 PM
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I currently have an Achilles LSR-310E (10'2") Aluminum Rollup Hypalon inflatable. It's served me very well, but now about 20 years old and the seams are starting to peel and likely doesn't have much life left in it without some major repair. So I'm looking at a replacement. I use the weaver snap davits to attach to swim platform and pull up along the stern for transport ports. So I don't want anything too heavy.

I was originally going to get the same thing I already have, but noticed the Achilles Aluminum Rib (310 HB-AL) in the showroom. It seems like it might be more stable and a little dryer for trips to/from the dock during windier weather.

Anyone have experience with this tender? Pros? Cons?

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Old 01-16-2020, 02:54 PM
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They are lighter than an equivalent glass RIB but the ride will be substantially better than your old SIB - or so I've been told. I've been looking at the same kind of upgrade over my roll-up and don' want the weight of a full fiberglass RIB What size motor are you using? Are you thinking of using that on the new dingy too?
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The 310 HB-AL is going to be an entirely different boat, and act like a RIB than an inflatable keel and fabric bottom. I have not owned that specific boat, but had experience with several Achillies and Avon inflatables and RIB near that size. For me, the performance of the RIB type is far better, better ride and probably dryer--and wears better. It is only slightly heavier, and will carry 5 more hp if you want.

Congratulations of getting 20 years out of your current boat! You take good care of them! You can probably get 30 years out of the 310 HB-AL...

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