Originally Posted by Kurt
I would appreciate opinions from those who have experience with modern Achilles Air Floor and/or Roll up Aluminum boats.
We are looking for a boat to bring with us in our RV for vacations. We spend time in San Diego, Mexico beaches, and lakes in Arizona and the Western US. The boat will be transported in an RV bay. I plan to put a used 8 hp Tohatsu or Evinrude/Johnson two stroke on it for power. We have two large dogs (retrievers) and will use the boat primarily for fun and fishing. Kids will take it out by themselves regularly so durability is a must.
Have had numerous fiberglass and aluminum boats, but never an inflatable, so would appreciate any suggestions. Achilles looks like a good bang for the buck, but open to other suggestions. Thank you for your time!
If you don't mind having a pile of floorboards when you're done, get the solid floor boat.
Air floor boats are kinda a PITA unless:
1.) You operate solo a lot (they're lighter)
2.) You put the boat in a tiny car truck
3.) You're trying to store the boat in a dockbox or a small shipboard locker
4.) You have to carry the boat large distances
5.) Your davit system is weight limited
Solid floor boats offer better performance and less maintenance. Spilled gasoline, bottle caps, sand, dirt, twigs...all of these things will kill an air floor, but solid floor panels are mostly unaffected. Not to mention, solid floor boats have bigger HP ratings and feel a LOT more rigid.