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Old 18 February 2014, 17:34   #11
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Military Grade Hypalon. Refers to the heavier grades (thicker) of hypalon, IMO. You take your pick. The thicker grade costs 20% more, weighs more and is a little thicker. If you hit a rock/tree/container, will Military save your ass?

Cladding is similar - you add neoprene sheets to vulnerable points in the hope that the rogue object won't penetrate them....

Personally, I'd regard both as protection against heavy use/abrasion more than anything else.
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Old 18 February 2014, 17:40   #12
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Military Grade Hypalon.

Personally, I'd regard both as protection against heavy use/abrasion more than anything else.
Agree, if you hit a log with branches sticking out you are SOL. From getting thrown from the boat, tube punctures, or from shearing off your lower unit(s).
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Old 18 February 2014, 18:54   #13
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Here's a link to Kevin's Alaska voyage.....
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Dear Sunrider,

Thanks for the link. Kevin’s voyage is beyond cool.
For that matter, I just looked you up, what can I say?
Your exploits are humbling.

That Willard you refurbished is pretty sick.

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Dear captnjack,

Thanks for that.

Very useful information. The plot thickens.
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Old 19 February 2014, 18:51   #16
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When I was in Alaska (we launched out of Whittier and went to Port Wells, Fairmont and Eaglek Bays) it snowed - in August. 2 other days it rained. One day was sleet & rain. Precipitation 4 days out of 8. We were stormed a couple days by 45-50 knt winds.

I didn't see a single RIB, they aren't popular up there for a reason... If you look at the boats they are using up there recreationally you'll see a lot of 24-28ft aluminum hull, outboard or I/O powered sport fishers. 1/3rd cuddy cabin, 1/3rd stand up cabin, 1/3rd open aft deck.

We used an open 19ft Boston Whaler for part of our AK travels. It was ok but completely inadequate size and weather protection wise for a journey of any length. Or staying aboard.

Getting from Seattle to Port Hardy in a 17ft RIB won't be that bad, although you'll be windburnt and tired. It won't be against the law to try, but I really doubt you will be comfortable or have much fun crossing Queen Charlotte Sound or Dixon Entrance. Both are shallow and rough as hell. Fishermen die here all the time.

Camping out of a 17ft RIB is going to be annoying. There are no flat, non-tree-ed places to stay. The (sloping gravel) beach floods 2x a day. Above the high tide line inland is a twisted mass of head high salal, salmonberry, and downed logs. There's no place to set up a tent, so I think you need to plan on sleeping aboard somehow. Sleeping aboard also avoid bears. A cabin would help with dry sleeping, but some sort of bimini might be ok if you are hardy.

If you hadn't thought of it yet, you need a bear gun and will need to pay for an import permit for Canada. It absolutely cannot be a handgun (against Canadian law for you to import), must be a rifle or shotgun with slugs.
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Dear captnjack, all very useful information. I appreciate the input. What you are saying corroborates numerous reports, for instance I enjoyed reading this:

MacGregorSailors.com

(although not a RHIB story).

Kevin was kind enough to respond to my inquiry with a wealth of specific information. Truly a gentleman.

Back to the vessel of choice. Convenience now has me leaning towards a Zodiac pro classic 650 with hypalon tubes powered by a 115hp outboard.

Does anybody have anything negative to say about this specific RHIB?

I have to admit, I would like a self-draining deck given the amount of rain I expect to encounter. I hate the idea of flooding the bilge, regardless if the pumps keep it relatively empty.

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reconnaissance by sea & air

here are a few photographs some of you may like (I'm doing my homework for this voyage, and thought it would be wise to get a few locals to show me what I'll be dealing with, bays, storms, bears, etc...)

Internet sucks up here, when I can I'll post some RHIB footage.
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