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Old 05 January 2016, 12:23   #1
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Opinions Requested - Achilles LSI-310 vs LSR-310

Hello,

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!

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Old 05 January 2016, 14:05   #2
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Hello,

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!

Kurt
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.
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Old 05 January 2016, 14:56   #3
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Air floor boat - open up. Inflate from electric pump. Put boat in water.

Hard floor boat - spend 20 minutes trying to hammer the boards into guides to get everything lined up right, then inflate.
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Thank you for the comments. If you look on the Achilles website, the LSR has an aluminum floor that stays in the boat and rolls up with the boat. They say you don't have to put it in and take it out of the boat for use and storage. I haven't heard from anyone that has actually used one though, so I'm hesitant to consider it. I don't see other manufacturers using that same system though, could be for a reason...
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LSi vs LSR

Kurt- You are correct the LSR model Achilles do not require removal for packing up the boat. the floor is designed to stay in place. The floor does flex more than a traditional hard deck as it has no stringers but set up time is far less.

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Has anyone even looked at an Achilles LSR???
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Yes I worked on one today
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Chris,

If you don't mind, what did you think of the floor setup? I would probably sell my jon boat and use this occasionally for duck hunting, which can be tough on a boat. Do you think it would be a good option verses the air floor? If you want to email me privately, please feel free to at kvw135@yahoo.com. Thank you,

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I would not recommend an air floor for duck hunting. You are likely to damage the floor hauling gear in and out, decoys, anchor, guns, etc. the roll up aluminum floor would be much more durable and stand up better for your application.
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Thank you all for your answers!

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