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Old 14 November 2013, 18:32   #11
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According to my experience, have had 2 air deck sibs and 3 spare air decks all of them lost top air when measured next day with gauge, that's without having a single pin hole. The tech issue with air decks is they work with high pressure, very low volume and seems to lose PSI very fast along deck rigidity due to atmospheric conditions, much worst if kept shaded for days.

I's the nature of the beast. Need to top it at each outing if wanting near boating perfection. It's a imperfect world, need to live with it.

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Old 14 November 2013, 19:37   #12
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Good choice. Selling my Zodiac though and looking at a Honwave possibly, funny world. I do like Zodiacs though and if the used one I recently saw was activ I might have gone with that.

I agree re deck pressure, Im going to miss my wooden floors in that regard. I do wonder if the aerotec or even the honwave for that matter style of using the air deck as the same piece as the hull (vs an air deck on top of the keel on top of the outer hull material) would be better for structure purposes. i guess only a designer would know.

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Old 16 November 2013, 08:31   #13
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A Acti V keel being the full hull's lenght will perform much worst if under inflated as opposed to a flat air deck in which you have a lower V fabric along a upper inflated keel. Anyway, non of them top inflated to can be compared to the opt water performance a rib has.

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