I am new here and new to this!
I have an "achilles" inflatable boat (around 9ft) that was the dinghy of my unlce's 36ft TIARA. He bought a new inflatable beacause the achilles hull (rubber hull, not rigid) have a hole on its bottom (about 9-10 inches). The rest of the boat is in good condition: tubes, transom, inflatable keel, etc. It just takes a lot of water inside, but obviously doesn't sink.
My question is, it possible/good to make a rigid hull (fiberglass/wood, etc.) for this boat? Where I can found more info about this?
What you expericed in this recommend, do it rigid or just repair the holes and have some fun? What max. hp engine could be used with a rigid hull (achilles recommend 8hp for normal rubber bottom)?
I am not experienced with RIB's, but have some skills in projects like that, as auto paint shop, fabricating, etc.
The boat is one like this...