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Old 22 May 2008, 06:05   #11
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I reinforced a 3m Tohatsu inflatable (with 5hp) with 4 peices of (cut to size and chamfered) gravel board between the airdeck and inflatable keel (placed across the boat under the airdeck when inflating) - this did help to reduce flexing in choppier waters without adding much weight.
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Old 22 May 2008, 07:42   #12
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It sounds like you might be confusing a slatted floor with wooden floorboards. They are quite different.

A slatted floor is a soft, flat floor, stiffened with a number of crosswise slats. They pack away easily because you leave the slats in and roll it up, but they're are only only suitable for low power and low speed.

A high pressure inflatable floor gives you a relatively solid floor, so you can have an inflatable keel.

A wooden (or aluminium) floor creates an absolutely rigid deck, with an inflatable keel. The boat will perform better than an Airdeck, but is heavier, bulkier and significantly more hassle to put together and take apart.

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You are right I did, which meant I was then really confused

Airdeck it will have to be I think. Thanks for the advice...
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Any comments on this model please, good/bad on either quality or price?

I am thinking about something to hang my 6hp aux off just to play with. Don't want to spend too much money but must be able to carry a couple of people and be fairly light.

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Don't hung up with any inflatable under 3.00 with a 6 HP engine will be my recomendation, choose air floor if portability and quick inflation/deflation is a must. Personally would go for a 320/330 size.

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I went back for a look at the Zodiac I was in the other day - turns out to be a 3.1M with a solid ply floor (shows how much notice I was taking!)

Think I will have to try and find one round here with an air floor to compare and see if it will be any good first.
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I went back for a look at the Zodiac I was in the other day - turns out to be a 3.1M with a solid ply floor (shows how much notice I was taking!)

Think I will have to try and find one round here with an air floor to compare and see if it will be any good first.
Think of the airdecks as a half way trade off... Like a slatted floor but with a keel, in other words - floppy but well mannered.

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