Originally Posted by Gwozhog
Does anyone own this boat? How has it held up over the years. Any issues with the wood floor or aluminum stringers causing abrasion or holes in the PVC? Is it a solid boat or a POS? I have an Achilles made of hypalon but I'm looking for a 2nd boat. I have a 15hp Yamaha I will power it with. Any idea on top speeds. I can get 28mph on my 310 sib Achilles with the 15hp.
Post-2001 or so were all welded. The only glue utilized was on the bottom of the transom.
Wood rot is typically not a a problem unless the boat is left in the water constantly, or stored in a way where it collects rainwater.
PVC is more abrasion and puncture resistant than CSM (Hypalon is a trademarked name for Dupont CSM which is no longer produced).
If you're buying a used boat, be sure to check the bottom of the transom for rot, and check to see if the bottom pie-cut patches are peeling off. Regluing requires complete removal and replacement, or the water sealing will be compromised.