Originally Posted by prairie tuber
Very sage advice. I test drove an airdeck this summer in a mild chop and found all of the floor flex to give a 'feel' that I did not like at all, but that is simply personal taste. Without question, an airdeck would be extremely limiting as to what sort of cargo you can put in the boat. I think the only benefit an airdeck can offer is weight savings, but then again how much of an issue is weight with a SIB that's 14' or less? Even the heavier 14' SIBs dont go beyond 240 lbs - and when you separate out the floorboards, the fabric-transom piece is only about 150 lbs.
Light Wieght was the reason for buying and wieght was the reason for selling .
Even the honda at about 55 kg and the motor the same was too heavy to be really portable . I ended up with it all on a trailer therefore there was no point at all owning it instead of a Rib.
Pumping it up at the slipway and then fitting the motor etc even with the best electric pump was a chore and even worse at the end of a day when you were tired and beaten up by the SIB. It needed 3 adults to carry it , a transit or very large estate to transport it , an even 2 to push it on a launching trolley .
The car top idea is the best , with an extra wide roofrack , but still near impossible alone .
As for the comments about the zodiac and pvc etc , i have seen a quite a few older ones about and the PVC seems to be just as hard wearing as hypalon and it hasn't faded . Maybe there are some pvc boats that are poorly made ,as there are Hypalon , but Zodiac doesn't seem to be one of them .