Originally Posted by engarom
In my opinion, Hypalon is always better for a sib. it will be a little heavier but will last alot longer, especially in salt water and UV light. As for which brand, just pick one that is common in your area and has good support/part available. obviously the bigger companys like zodiac, avon, achilles are preferred.
Boodle, don't let people tell you hypalon is the only way to go. The pvc boats are fine and will last you many, many years. My bombard C3 is a 1989 model, been used plenty in salt water and exposed plenty to UV light over the last 23 years and is still in great shape. A good quality pvc boat will serve you well and cost substantially less money. I've owned hypalon (achilles and dynous) and like my pvc boat just as much.
Bottom line, buy the best you can afford, don't go cheap just to spend less money. It's best to be patient and get a decent boat rather than to just buy one because "i need one now". I commend you on seeking counsel from others instead of just jumping in and making an uninformed purchase.