Need new dinghy / advice

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Pirate Lady, Jun 17, 2022.

  1. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    2 years ago I bought a Chinese pvc zodiac for $350. Was fine first year. Issues last year. Spent winter in the house repairing all leaking seams, everything.
    Launched a month ago, first day seam opened up had to repair.
    Today, daughter in town. We launch it again, been holding air fine on land last 2 weeks. Today, we take it a mile down river, all good. On way back, she had to keep working the air pump so we wouldn’t sink. Another leak somewhere.
    Before this Chinese junk I had a real zodiac for 10 years, didn’t give me any trouble until the last year. Took to Annapolis zodiac and guy says it’s done.
    So I am DONE with this Chinese crap.
    But the zodiac cadet 260 is now pvc not hypalon like it used to be. I not sure about buying another pvc.
    Now, I don’t need a big one like y’all. It stays on a manual crank lift at marina May to September and is only used for putting down the river when we don’t feel like taking main boat out.
    I can get a Zodiac Cadet 260 roll up floor for a hair over 1200.
    Really don’t want to spend much more than that. Waddya think?
     
  2. Phil S

    Phil S Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2020
    Taxachusetts
    Former 2004 300DA
    5.0 MPIs and Bravo IIIs
    New boat incoming
    Sundolphin 9-foot Tender
    9.9hp Mercury OB
    That sounds like a really good price! Keep everything else and move it over?
     
  3. superwa

    superwa Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    484
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    Sounds like it will meet your needs. My PVC zodiac is going on 12 years. All about how you take care of it.
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I'd argue your prior experience with PVC was unrelated to the material. Buy a quality dinghy from a trusted brand and rest easy. I loved my Zodiak Cadet. It only leaked when I ran it into sharp objects :)
     
  5. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Did a lot of research yesterday, PVC is the preferred material in non-tropical climates (pvc has issues with UV that hypalon doesnt) but I always have mine covered. After narrowing choice down to 3 manufacturers, I ordered a Zodiac Cadet 230 from Defender for $1313. Double the price of the other models, but as I said upthread, my previous zodiac lasted 10 years, and frankly we beat the hell out of that one, dragging up on beach over sand and pebbles; 6 people in a 7.5 footer, etc. Get what you pay for as they say, and its the only one Made in the USA. Be here 3 days. Its my retirement gift to myself.
    As for the other, wife said fix it keep it for a spare.
    Those little nubs on top of bow, are supposed to be attachment points for a waterproof storage bag. I would like to get, but Defender doesnt sell them, and google reveals nothing. If anyone know where to get, please post link.
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    Last edited: Jun 18, 2022
  6. superwa

    superwa Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    484
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    Looks like the knobs are for a bag?
     

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  7. brewster16

    brewster16 Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2009
    Long Beach Island, N.J.
    '07 44 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins QSC 8.3
    I agree with your move to buy a new inflatable. Wont have to worry for a long time and after all the years of work you deserve it. Enjoy it!
     
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  8. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    2021 Solar 420
    '97 5.7 Bravo 2
    '20 Merc 25 EFI Jet
    Congrats on the new dinghy. I would take a properly welded seam on a quality PVC boat over the glued seams on Hypalon for both strength and cosmetics.
     
  9. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    That’s what I want.
     
  10. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    2007 Four Winns V358
    Twin VP 5.7GXi V-Drive / ZF63s
    No issues in the great lakes region with PVC here. Keep it covered up when it's not in use.
     
  11. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Wife didn’t hesitate to agree on new. She been worried when I go out alone on a boat that has deflated for the third time while out on it.
     
  12. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Found it, at Defender. A little pricey at $121, but I can keep the pump, engine tools, lines, etc instead of all that stuff rolling around the floor. Ordered.
     
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  13. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
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