I could not find a thread for air decks.
I have read opposing views on air decks - from 'they are ok for doing a shopping run' to 'they are the way to go, no-one buys ali or wood anymore'.
Also I am wondering if they are so light does this not have an effect as to how the boat handles at speed? I'm looking at a 12 ft plus 18hp tohatsu 2 stroke combo. Will this work with a light deck? Will I need trim tabs?
As my knowledge of boats is rather limited I confess I do not know the effect that a heavy or light deck would have on the way a boat handles/performs.
What about their integrity - are they as strong as wood as claimed and do they lose pressure?
Will I have to carry a pump?
Does quality vary from manufacturer to manufacturer?
Do they flex at the proper pressure?
How resistant to punctures are they? I will be fishing from my boat so I am assuming I really should lay down some marine carpet or the like for protection against hooks & knives.
More often than not, I will be moving the boat on my own and inflating for each use.
Any thoughts welcomed, please.