Advice for RIB Dink on 320 in Florida

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  1. Mightychan

    Mightychan Member SILVER Sponsor

    84
    Oct 8, 2016
    Panama City FL
    2005 DA 420, AB Dink
    Cummins 6CTA
    Hi all, I have a Mercury dink that is coughing up blood, it's time to replace it. I prefer to stay with 9.5 length, any more than than hangs over the swim platform. I am in North Florida, boat is stored in a covered slip, so is Hypalon that big of a deal, considering the dink will mostly be in the shade? Anything else I need to consider? Thanks!
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    877
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    Well since nobody else has chimed in I'll give you my two cents - yes, go with Hypalon. I think your salt water is also rather harsh on PVC over the long term. That combined with more intense sun when it is out will contribute to quicker breakdown. Of course you could always get yourself a low end PVC and see how long it lasts? Perhaps used?
     
  3. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    668
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    The Water Tenders are nice (molded plastic) stable dinks, but will cover up your platform, and entry. I use one on the 43 Portofino, which has a much larger platform, so it rides nice there.
     
  4. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    80
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    I have a Mercury RRIB, second one in 5 years. It’s PVC, the first RIB was replaced under warranty because the rear tubes leaked at the seam on both side. After MANY phones calls and one visit to drop off and pickup, they replaced it. Apparently, they wanted to try to fix it first. The repair facility is 150 miles (one way) away! Be careful, look for a repair facility first. I had to drive 300 miles, wait 3 weeks only to have it leak again, then wait another 4 weeks to get it replaced. Look into Westmarine, they have very similar RIBs around the same price. But, you can bring it to any Westmarine for repair, they will ship it. The next RIB I buy will be from Westmarine for that reason. Also, PVC or Hypalon will not last if you keep inflated beyond “0” psi. With excessive heat air expands. If you keep inflated at 2psi or more the air will expand and blow out the seams. Both PVC and Hypalon seams are welded the same according to Mercury Marine. The fabric is better but the seams are the same. My RIB is also covered, that will protect the fabric.

    Good luck with your search!

    Bow Tie
     
  5. Mightychan

    Mightychan Member SILVER Sponsor

    84
    Oct 8, 2016
    Panama City FL
    2005 DA 420, AB Dink
    Cummins 6CTA
    I ended up buying an AB 9 foot ultralight aluminum hull Hypalon dink. It's great!
     
  6. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    East Coast Florida
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    How Does it ride? Thinking of picking one of these up......is it a deep v in the back or does it flatten out - what are you using for power?
     
  7. Mightychan

    Mightychan Member SILVER Sponsor

    84
    Oct 8, 2016
    Panama City FL
    2005 DA 420, AB Dink
    Cummins 6CTA
    Liking it so far. Pretty flat in the back. Have a little Honda 2.3 but I am going to pick up a Yammy 6 for it.
     
  8. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    How much does the dink weigh?
     
  9. Mightychan

    Mightychan Member SILVER Sponsor

    84
    Oct 8, 2016
    Panama City FL
    2005 DA 420, AB Dink
    Cummins 6CTA
    63 pounds, IIRC.
     

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