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Old 04 July 2009, 10:21   #1
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Who makes hypalon boats?

Hi guys,
I am always looking at ads for boats and thought it would be good to know which were made of hypalon.
The ones I know of are:

Avon
Achillies
Gemini (some)
Zodiac (only very old ones [?] and military range)
Lifeguard
Dunlop


Ones I am not sure of, but think possible:

Bombard
Campari

Anyone know of any others, or can correct what I've listed above?
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Humber, Northcraft, Osprey.
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Are you referring to SIB's or RIB's?
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SIBs mate.
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I think my small bombard is PVC not hypalon
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IMO You can forget Campari, the SIBs they make are one step up from the kids toys you buy on the beach.(my dads first SIB was a Campari )

Most new SIBs are now PVC, not sure of any that are Hypalon, perhaps Avon and or Gemini? Metzeler is another brand to check.
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Zodiacs military/commercial SIBs (FC-470 & FC-530, Heavy Duty series & Grand Raid series) are made of hypalon, but cost about double what their recreational SIBs of similar size cost.

Gemini zapcats, & other thundercat style racing boats are all PVC (which will give higher performance, but much shorter life). Gemini's Dive and Surf series can be spec'd in either PVC, 1100 denier hypalon or 1670 denier hypalon.

I believe that Avon offers both PVC and hypalon SIBs. The RNLI ones are hypalon. Humber also made/(makes?) SIBs of hypalon.

Arancia's rescue SIBs (New Zealand) are all hypalon.

Polaris's SIBs (Canada) are all hypalon (very well built, but with conventional keels )
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