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Old 27 June 2009, 10:55   #1
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PVC vs. Hypalon

If you were choosing between a 10 year old PVC boat that has been covered vs. a 3 year old Hypalon boat which would you choose?

Other considerations: the PVC boat is 2 feet longer and has a console vs a unihelm in the other.
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Old 27 June 2009, 11:01   #2
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Hypalon. Even if it was the hypalon boat that was 10 yrs old and the PVC boat that was 3 yrs old, I'd still opt for the hypalon, assuming all the other parts of the boat were of similar build quality.
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Old 27 June 2009, 11:26   #3
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Thanks, that is what I thought; just thought I'd throw the question out there.
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What are you thinking of getting (particulars)?
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AB 10' RIB Aluminum Hypalon unihelm vs. Aquapro PVC Aluminum 12' console
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For either of those boat lengths, I'd strongly recommend using a tiller rather than wheel steering. Simpler, lighter and will give you way better control.
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PVC vs Hypalon

Hypalon Hypalon Hypalon Hypalon!
I retube with PVC, it is supposed to be better, I have had major problems with a cowboy outfit who supplied the tubes but looking back, even if they were performing I would still go back to Hypalon.

Hope this helps

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My Avon SR4 is on the original hypalon tubes and was built in the mid eighties, they lose no air at all!
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My Avon SR4 is on the original hypalon tubes and was built in the mid eighties, they lose no air at all!
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My 5.4SR is still on the original hypalon tubes from 77, They do lose a lil air over time but they will last a week or more before I have to fill them.
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The other option is to retube the Aquapro in hypalon because then you have the extra length of the boat and the lightness of the aluminum hull.
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