Originally Posted by tworotorturbo
That boat looks nice but I would look into a used Hypalon SIB. Out here in CA, there are always good deals on used SIBs, not sure about where you are at though. For that much, you could get a used Hypalon SIB that would last a much longer. My Avon S400 was made in 1988 and was unbreakable. Either way, good luck on the search and let us know what you end up getting.
Agreed. I've been banging that drum for a while.
Kind of like comparing a 25 year old Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol Diesel that has had reasonable maintenance to a brand new Ford or Chevy 4x4. Those old Japanese trucks might not be as shiny or fresh smelling as the new American trucks, but they will still have a far longer life expectancy ahead of them than the new American offerings.
The bigger the boat, the greater the structural reinforcements needed to keep the boat from falling apart.
Compared to an 11 foot SIB, a 16 foot SIB will need among other things a thicker transom with a stronger transom-tube interfacing, more layers of properly design fabric reinforcements along the length of the boat, sturdier floor boards etc. This greatly increases production costs.
If trying to keep to a strict budget, it is better to go with a smaller sturdy boat than a larger flimsy boat.
I'd be more comfortable having a rough ride in a small but robust boat which I'm confident will make it back to shore than having a smooth ride in a larger flimsy boat with a transom that is about to tear away.