Avon 310 rib versus West Marine Hypalon 310

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Avon 310 rib versus West Marine Hypalon 310

Postby Carolina » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:27 pm


I'm planning on buying a new dingy - The Avon 310 rib lite model has a 10 year warranty with a great track record and known for the longevity. The West Marine Hypalon 310 has a 5 yr warranty and I do not not the manufacture. The difference in price is significant, do you have any thoughts on this subject?
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Re: Avon 310 rib versus West Marine Hypalon 310

Postby capn chuck » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:11 am

I would not make a purchase on an inflatable until I knew who the actual manufacturer is. And even then do some research on the manufacturer and any known issues. There is much more to an inflatable than the material it is made from. When problems occur, it is usually with seams, transoms coming apart or separating from the materials, poor quality valves or valve installation and the quality of the materials, not all Hypalon or even PVC is alike. That is not to say it would be a bad investment, but you should do more research. Sometimes you get what you pay for. A more expensive inflatable that will last ten years is cheaper than an inexpensive one that last two years. A poor quality will cause all kinds of issues up to an including loss of the dinghy while towing because the towing rings fail. Another big feature is tube size. If you plan to do any cruising and the tubes are small, and the bow does not have a sufficient rise, I can guarantee you a wet ride and nothing is worse than going ashore for dinner and sitting in the restaurant in wet clothes. Good luck.
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Re: Avon 310 rib versus West Marine Hypalon 310

Postby hugo » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:22 am

I got a The WEST MARINE Hypalon RIB 310. It planes easily, is lighter and has better price than other Hypalon RIB 310s,
BUT the tank support in the back brings most weight to the back of the RIB [I had to glass in a support under the middle seat]
The self bailer leaks and the plug is difficult to put in [under way].
I would consider alternative RIB 310 with forward tank support and possibly wider [more stable in side ways seas].
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